In the run up to electing RGU’s new presidents, Radar spoke to Edward Pollock about his time as President of Communication and Democracy. Here is what he had to say.
Why did you run for President?
I have always been involved in the Union so I decided to go run for a Vice President role. From 2012 to 2013 I was Vice President for events and entertainment, then I decided to go for a full time role. From 2014-2015 I was President for Communication and Democracy and ran for a second term from 2016-2017 for the same role.
What have you enjoyed most about being President for Communication and Democracy?
“It’s been really rewarding and a pleasure to make a positive impact on students.”
Edward also stated that he enjoyed being a part of and witnessing the “big wins”, including the safe taxi scheme, the opening and development of the Deeview shop space and the revision of the academic calendar. He enjoyed seeing his visions and the Unions visions “become real”. This includes the night bus scheme which was started in 2015 and finally became a reality last year.
Are there any tips you would give to people considering running for a President or Vice President role in future years?
“Just go for it! It’s a very rewarding experience and there is an opportunity no matter what you’re interested in. Write down what you want to achieve, be positive about the opportunity and go for it.”
How do you feel about going back into 4th year after being away for so long?
“Both scared and excited but it is an opportunity to make more friends and go back what I came here to do firstly which is events management.” However, Edward stated that working in the Union has given him a lot of experience and that it will be “sad to leave the Union”. But it has set him at an advantage and in good stead for the future.
What are the benefits of a Presidential role at RGU?
You gain a lot of skills during a role with the Union. It has been like I have “four extra degrees” from public speaking, communications to finance, it has been a “CEO” like experience.
What are you most proud of achieving as President for Communication and Democracy?
Despite all his big wins, Edward said that his biggest pride was the development in the “partnership between the University and the Union” and working on increasing the relationship. It has made the university become more involved with “student views”. It now works more with the Union and the students since he first began his venture as Vice President in 2012.
Edward also conveyed his thoughts on how great it is to be involved with the Union and that students should get involved. He said “the benefits are so significant, you gain more experience and it is very beneficial when applying for a job.”
And finally, what is your final aim as President?
“Vote as it makes it better for those involved.” Edward also expressed that the union is there for the students and that it is there to support, help, and provide for the students of RGU. It is much like a politician and their constituents. The students are boss.
The elections are from the 7th until the 10th of March at 2pm. Candidate manifestos can be found online at https://www.rguunion.co.uk/elections/
And, if you are still not sure who to vote for there is an Election Question Time event in the Sir Ian Wood Amphitheatre on Monday 6th March at 12pm. Final election results are announced on 10th March at 3pm on Terrace Way, Union Way. Make sure you vote!