Corin Holloway

Candidate for Vice President Activities

  • Let societies do what they want
  • Advertise societies & events = more members
  • Talk to people (at society events & through facebook/email)
  • Reward & recognise non-SUSU volunteers better
  • Fair funding

Why vote for me?

About me:

I’m Corin, 22, studying Electronic Engineering. I like long walks on the beach, tunnels, board games, and love animals. I’m beautiful, and can do sick circus tricks with up to one of my eyes closed, so you should choose me.

As VP Activities, I want to:

  • Give societies freedom and not interfere unnecessarily.
  • Extend SUSU volunteer cards to active members of charity/volunteering societies.
  • Try to recognise non-SUSU volunteers better and help them promote themselves.
  • Provide fair funding and guidance on how to apply for funding.
  • Talk to and attend events from societies to try and understand as many people’s issues as possible.
  • Provide accessibility support to societies.
  • Get rid of the 50p box office fee for joining societies.*
  • Reply to emails, facebook messages, crushampton comments…
  • End climate change.*
  • Advertise society events and try to help societies get more members.
  • Nuffield Theatre is being refurbished from April, so try to keep society spaces and performance spaces available for use by students.*
  • Protect the Highfield and NOCS ducks.
  • Ideally find more society storage space, but not sure how feasible this is.*
  • Hold open mic nights around freshers’ period for people to show off talent.
  • Open the Bouldrewood Tunnel to transport people safely between Highfield and Boldrewood. (more info here: https://boldrewoodtunnelsoc.com/ )*
  • Make it easier for people to stay as SUSU members and take part in societies after they’ve graduated.*
  • Invest in the SUSU website and possibly try to get current ECS students involved, because it’s one of the main ways people interact with SUSU. Although I’m aware that there are many problems and I’m not sure how feasible this is.*
  • Add a volunteering section to the website to make opportunities easier to find.
  • Try to remove bureaucracy from processes to make them quicker.*

*These will be difficult to implement.

Why I’m the best:

  • I’ve been on 9 different committees, currently 7.
  • I spend most of my free time doing society activities or volunteering.
  • I’m currently a senator for SUSU, which means I have to hold the current Sabbatical officers to account if they’re not doing what they promised. 
  • I was SUSU Clubs & Societies Officer 2018-19.
  • I want to maximise efficiency and happiness.
  • I will do cool circus things if I win.
  • I can spell necessary.

Questions & Answers Ask me a Question

You have put a lot into your manifesto, basically a huge list including "End climate change.*" as you recognise some will be "difficult" do you seriously believe you can make a dent in this list as opposed to setting yourself a realistic list that could be tackled.

All the things without asterisks are doable and not hugely difficult. The main ones of those which I believe will require a lot of work are "advertise societies" and "reward/recognise volunteers". There are loads of screens around SUSU and around University which could be used to advertise events. Although that's difficult because each department controls their own screens. We can run events to advertise other events or help societies advertise other societies. Giving discount cards to volunteers is kind of being done, but only to committees at the moment. Either letting volunteer committees choose which dedicated volunteers can have them or by giving them to people who complete volunteer ebadges are ways of giving them out. Recognising volunteers is hard. People have told me that the EVAs is basically a big party for RAG (who I love) and other societies usually aren't recognised as much. This year, it's changing to "Society awards", which may be better, but we won't know until we see. Other things are difficult because they will cost SUSU money or making significant changes to the systems which currently work. I want to make them happen and I don't think any of them are impossible, but don't know how much power VP Activities has, so I don't want to say I'll definitely be able to do these things and end up lying, otherwise I'd just put things like "give all societies more money", which would be great, but not feasible. 3 of the "I want to" bullet points aren't serious and I just put them in there as jokes.

This question was also only asked to CorinAnswered by Corin on 27/02/20 12:23

What does SUSU mean to you? If you were to define its values in 5 words, what would they be?

Representation, education, wellbeing, societies, fun. Personally, this question feels vague and pointless as I can just list good things. To me, SUSU does what it can to make students happy. Mainly by getting the University to act on student issues and by helping societies make students happy.

This question was also asked to Fiona Sunderland, Hao YouAnswered by Corin on 27/02/20 12:30

There's been a visible drop in the number of students getting involved in societies over the last few years. How do you plan to address this, if at all?

As an engineer with a statistics brain, I'm not sure if the numbers are actually dropping since there are hundreds of societies and member numbers fluctuate. The last time I saw the statistics as Clubs & Societies officer, roughly half of students were in at least one society. More students in societies is great and one of my main aims as VP Activities. Although it's a really difficult problem to solve especially since SUSU's budget keeps getting cut. People mostly join societies around freshers' period before they've settled in and gotten used to habits, so I'll put a lot of effort into this period and give societies opportunities to run events, host open mic nights for people to try different performance things and lat performing societies find people. I also want the typical freshers' events light Grad Ball, Big Night Out and things like that to get societies involved in organising them and separate similar things for societies. But also, I'm not fully sure. These are just my ideas, so asking societies what they want is probably the best method.

This question was also asked to Fiona Sunderland, Hao YouAnswered by Corin on 27/02/20 14:30

Advertizing society events and helping them get more members… How will this differ to the bunfight refreshers fair?

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