Meet this year's NUS candidates
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The National Union of Student elections are upon us: let's meet the candidates. President Malia Bouattia Malia was elected to the union last year. During her time in office as the NUS president she has organised a national demo, established regional networks and events, and challenged parliament. The year hasn´t been without controversy though, with some calling her anti-Israel stance antisemitic. Malia is seeking to be re-elected to continue her process of liberation and "a collective voice." Tom Harwood Tom's message is relegitimisation. He wants the NUS to speak for all students and ensure the voice of students are heard on issues that affect them - such as living costs and tuition fees. Tom also wants the union to be more democratic, more accountable and more responsive to the concerns of students. Shakira Martin Shakira's main focus is education. She's brought her own personal message to her election campaign, talking about how education has helped her. Shakira wants the NUS to embody a spirit of optimism made up of hope, aspiration and opportunity. Her main priority is a united union fighting for free education for all. It's not all serious though, as Shakira has proposed that if she were elected, the NUS would be a fun, vibrant and welcoming environment for people, as well as bringing intelligence, innovation and energy with campaigning led by students. Vice President (Further Education) Emily Ann Chapman Emily is currently the SU president at Leeds City College. Her aim is to be a voice for students' unions in further educational settings, and make education better for students in them. Partnership is key for Emily, as is sharing best practice and building the power of students' unions, ultimately making education better. Myriam Kane Myriam is inspired by collective power and the impact it can have on challenging injustice. She wants to put further education centre stage to fight the Conservative government, racism, Brexit and Donald Trump. She's bringing her own personal experiences of bullying and discrimination to her campaign. Vice President (Higher Education) Amatey Doku For Amatey, education is used to empower people - but he´s seen all too often how many students can be shut out from recieving the full benefits of education. Amatey wants a National Union of Students that can work on and win on the issues that matter to students at a crucial time in the sector. Niall Hamilton Niall is currently the education officer at Reading University SU. During his role there, Niall has embedded liberation into the curriculum, trained course reps, and held a 250 student strong demonstration against staff job cuts. For Niall, harnessing the creative and collective talent of students on a national level is important, in order to bring a free and liberated education system.
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