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Wednesday’s Question Time live blog

Follow the Vice President Activities and Mature Students Part Time Officer Question Time event with Pugwash News’ live blog.

17:52 Pugwash News:
Hello and welcome to the Question Time for VP Activities and Mature Students Officer
17:57 Pugwash News:
Emma Corsham, Grant Clarke and Milly Youngman are running for VP Activities
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Anita Carey is running for Mature Students Officer
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And of course you can vote for RON (Re-Open Nominations) in any position
17:59 Pugwash News:
The candidates are here, Pure are playing some Kelly Rowland (apparently). Not long till we start now
18:02
UPSU TV ready to broadcast!
18:02 Pugwash News:
Don’t forget you can comment at the bottom of the page, or tweet with the hashtag #voteupsu to get your voice heard!
18:06 Pugwash News:
Tonight’s live blogging is brought to you by Dan Chesterton & Ben Fishwick
18:09 Pugwash News:
Strong turn out tonight from the Pugwash crew to watch the VP Activities Question Time.
18:09 Pugwash News:
Current President Aakash Naik announces we have 5 minutes until the start
18:12 Pugwash News:
Tonight’s Question Time is also being streamed live from UPSU TV at http://www.upsu.net/elections2011/live but don’t leave us! Open it in another tab or something, behind this one
18:12 Twitter godfrey4vp:
Debate yesterday was cool…today is round 3 of the debates, on my way now! Should be interesting! #voteupsu #upsuvote [via Twitter]
18:13 Pugwash News:
Audience area is filling up, candidates are all here & ready.
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Also, live photography will be provided by Mr Chi Lau tonight
18:15 Pugwash News:
Dramatic music for what could be a dramatic night.
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And we’re go! Mature Students Officer candidate Anita Carey is on stage and doing her 1 minute introduction
18:16 Pugwash News:
Anita: “In first year, so far quite boring for Mature Students”
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Naik asks what’s the main issues are that face mature students
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Anita wants to introduce a newsletter for mature students and encourage interaction between mature students
18:18 Pugwash News:
Potentially a lot of newsletters next year if the Question Time events so far are anything to go by!
18:18 Pugwash News:
Anita: Officer “needs to be outgoing and quote tenacious too”
18:18 Twitter Dan_Whiteway:
its Mature Students and VP Activities Question Time time, complete with unnerving music #voteupsu [via Twitter]
18:19 Pugwash News:
Does anyone know how old the oldest student is?
18:19 Pugwash News:
Anita wants to introduce a Mature Students society
18:20 Pugwash News:
Andy Brown claims it’s him at 84, we think he’s lying about his age again..
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Questions from the floor now
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Anita wants to see more integration between younger students and mature students
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Aakash asks how Anita could reach out to mature students not on campus
18:21 Pugwash News:
Wants a newsletter around campus & sent to all mature students.
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Pugwash’s Sports Editor Joe Wilkes asks how Anita feels about running unopposed
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Anita answers that it’s a reflection on mature students uninvolvement
18:23 Pugwash News:
Anita wishes there were more candidates running and agrees it’s a shame it’s only her and RON
18:26 Pugwash News:
Aakash is quizzing Anita on facts about mature students
18:27 Pugwash News:
Anita responds well to his first question on how students are classified as mature
18:27 Pugwash News:
Funny question now! Exciting!
18:27 Pugwash News:
If you were a colour, what would you be and why?
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Anita: “I’d be green, as I’m a fairly green person, studying environmental science and like to see green things”
18:28 Pugwash News:
VP Activities up now!
18:28 Pugwash News:
A quick reminder, the candidates running for VP Activities are Emma Corsham, Milly Youngman and Grant Clarke
18:29 Pugwash News:
Lots of water drinking straightaway. Stay hydrated folks.
18:29 Pugwash News:
Milly to start with her introduction
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Milly: “Gained confidence through activities and met great people, wants others to experience what she has”
18:30
VP Activities candidates all on the sofas
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The blurry photos are by our Editor Ben by the way, not Chi, don’t want to ruin his rep…
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Milly: “want to promote to new students how they can meet new people through activities”
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“Want to ensure students know what’s on offer to them and how they can benefit”
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“Want to offer training from professionals and integrate societies, media and RAG more”
18:32 Pugwash News:
Emma Corsham up now!
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“Wants to promote success and events to get people involved”
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“Wants to support upcoming professional accreditation and encourage more networking and training days with professionals”
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“I have a passion to make university experience better for all of us”
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Final candidate Grant Clarke up now!
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“The most perfect time to push the University to ensure they’re offering good services as we’re potentially paying more”
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“I know so many people that are nearly failing their degrees as they’re focusing on activities they’re passionate about”
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Grant would like to see students get more out of working so hard on activities
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Grant nearly forgot his own surname then!
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Introductions are done, onto questions now from Aakash
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We’re having technical issues with Chi’s photos, I hope blurry iPhone photos from Ben will suffice
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Candidates are talking about their experiences with activities
18:40 Pugwash News:
All three media. Someone forgot our sister publication, pugwash magazine.
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Aakash: “We’ve touched on the diversity of the student body, how are you going to manage balancing the expectations of volunteers across the activities? What are you going to focus on?”
18:41 Pugwash News:
Grant says you can’t let people down, we’re here to help people out if they want it. Must ensure people know who you are and can come to you if you need help
18:42 Pugwash News:
Milly wants to integrate activities together and get out there and get to know what’s going on and attend as many societies, media and RAG events as possible
18:43 Pugwash News:
Emma says prioritizing will depend on who needs it most and wants to ensure societies know what’s happening and how to get help
18:45 Pugwash News:
Focus on media now
18:46 Pugwash News:
Emma is not happy with Grant’s opinion that Pure FM is there only for ‘people who want to present’. Emma’s explaining how she’d like Pure FM and Pugwash to work together and with a range of societies, and Pure isn’t just for ‘people who want to present’, and Pugwash is not for ‘people who want to write’
18:48 Pugwash News:
Question from Jonny Bell, who gets a round of applause, deservedly so we think
18:49 Pugwash News:
“With employers receiving 100′s of applicants for jobs do you think they’re interested in one unit from an accreditation earned through their work in activities?”
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Emma: “Wants to ask employers what they would be interested in seeing on CV’s”
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Grant: “It needs to be something that’s rewarded as it helps so many people out, it’s about more than a single unit on a CV”
18:51 Pugwash News:
Milly: “Academic accreditation is not on my manifesto. I have a few doubts on this, if you’re volunteering it could be classed as work experience and students should be proud”
18:51 Twitter moseadan:
Question for candidates: Free societies motion was defeated this year. If brought up again, how would you vote, what do you think? #voteupsu [via Twitter]
18:53 Twitter ljstevie:
VP Activities candidates live on www.upsu.net/elections, text your questions on 07786 200 690 (UPSU + your message) or tweet us #voteupsu [via Twitter]
18:53 Pugwash News:
A lone clapper in the audience for Grant’s answer, cue laughter from the crowd
18:54 Pugwash News:
Joe Wilkes: “A lot of issues this year about independence within the media, what are your thoughts?”
18:55 Pugwash News:
Grant wants to see more student work promoted through the media
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Milly thinks Student media should be an independent place for students to voice their views, and will push for it
18:56 Pugwash News:
Emma believes that as long as students withing the media are getting as much experience as possible there’s not a problem if the Union wants to promote something if it benefits the readers or listeners
18:56 Pugwash News:
Answers on student media are circling around the short-lived UPSU Direct inserts made by the marketing dept.
18:57 Pugwash News:
Question on balance on Union reputation and student voice in media.
18:58 Pugwash News:
Milly “it would be my role to encourage student voice”
18:59 Pugwash News:
Emma “if it’s in the interest of students, they have the right to know what’s happening”
18:59 Pugwash News:
Grant “everyone is part of the Student Union, if the Union is doing something negative it has to be reported, but the positive things they do should also be reported”
19:00 Pugwash News:
Aakash “do you think the balance is right at the moment?”
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Emma “there have been some issues this year, with stuff being withdrawn from Pugwash, but I believe the balance is about right at the moment”
19:02 Pugwash News:
Milly “the removal of UPSU direct gives students the opportunity to write more themselves, instead of hearing the Union’s voice”
19:03 Pugwash News:
Grant reinforced that all students are part of the student union
19:05 Pugwash News:
John House “can you give examples of events to promote societies you might be interested in running?”
19:06 Pugwash News:
Grant thinks it’s important for the marketing department to promote what students are doing more, and that it’s important for students to be aware of the support they can get
19:07 Pugwash News:
Milly says it’s an issue she’s experienced first hand with the rock society, and would like to see online content updated to help students with how to promote events
19:08 Pugwash News:
Emma would also like to improve promotion and do more cross-promotion. Events she’s getting involved in: promoting Not So Royal variety show, possible ‘Pure in the Park’ event with bands
19:09 Pugwash News:
Aakash gets excited (perhaps too much!) over a question from Facebook
19:09 Pugwash News:
“You’ve all been involved in specific areas within the media, will you focus primarily on these areas if you were elected?”
19:10 Twitter nyleahmed:
@voteupsu no one gives a shit about your erections [via Twitter]
19:10 Pugwash News:
Emma “been involved in UPSU TV and Pugwash, but passion is radio”
19:11 Pugwash News:
Emma says she’d have no preference and wants to ensure that students know what’s on offer across all media
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Grant wants to make sure that all students within media are getting the support they need, can’t neglect anyone
19:11 Pugwash News:
Milly “only been involved in Pugwash but I’d like to see more integration between the three”
19:12 Pugwash News:
Milly “like to see UPSU TV get more exposure around the Union”
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Grant “tried to get involved in UPSU TV but it needs mass participation”
19:13 Pugwash News:
Milly “would like to lay foundations to improve UPSU TV exposure”
19:14 Pugwash News:
Emma “would like to talk to other Student Union’s and see how they’re TV works and how we can improve UPSU TV”
19:14 Pugwash News:
Emma would also like to see more discussion with CCI, and try to make sure they don’t overlap
19:14 Pugwash News:
A lot of focus on media, moving on to RAG…
19:15 Twitter hanamcfaul:
What is the main point from your manifesto that you would look to push the most? #voteupsu [via Twitter]
19:15 Twitter laurizzle:
@voteupsu how do you plan to get societies involved more with the actual union? Friday night live has been okay but nothing special. [via Twitter]
19:16 Pugwash News:
Grant and Milly both like the idea of rewards for students who participate and earn lots of money through RAG
19:17 Pugwash News:
Emma thinks RAG is really good and would like to see more discussion with sports and their participation in RAG
19:17 Pugwash News:
Emma asks Grant “what reward would you put in place?”
19:18 Pugwash News:
Grant “not sure yet, something that would need to be considered over time, perhaps an award at the Activities Awards Dinner”
19:19 Pugwash News:
Aakash “can you give us some examples of fund raising events you’ve been involved with and their successes?”
19:19 Pugwash News:
Emma discusses the 24 hour broadcast with Pure FM, she say’s it was a really big challenge as the studios weren’t available
19:20 Pugwash News:
Emma also talking about the I’m A Student, Get Me Out Of Here event. She said that they took too much on with it but learned a lot
19:21 Pugwash News:
Milly says the smaller things should be recognised too, such as her sponsored silence
19:22 Pugwash News:
Grant talking about the Pugwash 50th issue launch as well as his involvement with I’m A Student
19:22 Pugwash News:
Mose Adan’s question from Twitter being asked “Free societies motion was defeated this year. If brought up again, how would you vote, what do you think?”
19:23 Pugwash News:
Emma “no requirement to charge for some societies but for other societies there is a requirement to finance them and I’m not sure if it would be possible for the Union to fund them”
19:24 Pugwash News:
Grant “advertising needs to be paid for, it’s an interesting topic and I’m not sure where I stand on it”
19:24 Pugwash News:
Milly “it’s a complex issue that needs looking in to further and discussing with students. It’s something that I’d definitely look in to as different societies have different needs”
19:26 Pugwash News:
Question from the floor “what are your thoughts on international students not taking part in many activities outside of national societies?”
19:26 Pugwash News:
Milly “I’d like to see an event organised to encourage possibly insular societies to integrate”
19:28 Pugwash News:
Emma is discussing issues contacting and getting international students involved with Pure FM this year
19:29 Pugwash News:
Don’t forget you can comment below to get your opinions heard!
19:29 Pugwash News:
Grant: will try to find out why intl students don’t want to get involved.
19:29 Pugwash News:
Aakash “you’ve had a chance to look at each others manifesto, do you have questions for other candidates?”
19:29 Pugwash News:
Sam Jones says that the current govt will be cutting student visas by 100,000.
19:30 Pugwash News:
Milly to Emma “A lot of your experience is with media, what about societies?”
19:31 Pugwash News:
Emma “Pure FM started as a society and is still run partly as a society and I’m happy to learn more about societies and work with them”
19:31 Pugwash News:
Emma asks Grant how he would support societies
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Grant asks Milly why her manifesto doesn’t explain how she’d work with societies
19:34 Pugwash News:
Milly says she wants to talk to students
19:35 Pugwash News:
Grant invents a new word “businessify”!
19:36 Twitter Specs_:
#voteupsu As a SAB officer, what will you do in the the Union other than activities? [via Twitter]
19:37 Pugwash News:
Discussion around whether societies should be run more like a business
19:38 Pugwash News:
Aakash “Many people feel that activities at the Union are run like a service, do you agree? And if they are, do we actually need a Sabb for this role or can these duties be filled by a member of staff?”
19:39 Pugwash News:
Emma feels that they should be run by a democratically elected student and students should decide themselves who is best for the job
19:40 Pugwash News:
Grant says that having a paid member of staff running it is wrong and undemocratic
19:40 Pugwash News:
Milly suggests a student would be better as they have experience in activities
19:41 Twitter voteupsu:
? via SMS: UPSU FROSTED BUTTS [via Twitter]
19:41 Twitter moseadan:
If societies are run more as business, is there really a need to hold elections? Then why not hold interviews for positions? #voteupsu [via Twitter]
19:42 Pugwash News:
Nice to see solidarity between the candidates as Emma fills everyone’s glasses with water, stay hydrated guys!
19:42 Pugwash News:
Twitter question: “how do you plan to get societies involved more with the actual union? Friday night live has been okay but nothing special.”
19:43 Pugwash News:
Milly suggests getting societies together to generate more interest and improve attendance at Union events
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Emma wants to promote events in newsletters if people want to run them
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Grant says it’s important to make sure students have the support if they want to run events
19:45 Pugwash News:
“lighter questions” apparently as Aakash asks what charity candidates would donate to if they could only choose one for the rest of their lives?
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Grant: Cancer Research
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Milly: Dementia related charity
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Emma thinks it’s not a very light question, and like choosing your ‘favourite disease’
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Aakash: “What’s the main point in your manifesto that you want to push the most?”
19:47 Pugwash News:
Milly wants to promote what’s available to students and in particular what they will get out of it
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Emma – newsletter and training
19:48 Pugwash News:
Grant wants to push academic accreditation and wants to push the University and ensure they have students best interests at heart
19:48 Pugwash News:
Ben Fishwick “print media is expensive, why not cut it and put all content online?”
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Emma just says no
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Grant says it’s more rewarding to see your work in print and more engaging
19:49 Pugwash News:
Milly says definitely not and that you can’t take websites to the toilet
19:49 Pugwash News:
I hope nobody takes Pugwash to the toilet…
19:50 Pugwash News:
Andy Brown: “in one phrase only what’s your strongest point, and your weakest point”
19:51 Pugwash News:
Aakash asks how many societies the candidates can name between them
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Emma is the first to fail to name one, Grant struggles and Milly wins to applause from the audience!
19:52 Pugwash News:
“If you have one super power what would it be?”
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Emma “mind reading”
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Grant “telekinesis” so he can create things out of thin air
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And we’re done!
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We’ll see you again at 6 tomorrow for the VP Sports and Womens Officer Question Time event!