Student Officer Elections- Meet the Candidates: Alex Hill
Alex, or ‘Hilly’ as he tends to be known, is running to be your student officer. His headline policy is perhaps the idea to make the Guild more supportive, including introducing a puppy room at times of high academic stress (as well as improving eating and charging facilities). Other policies include free academic resources and an improved library.
How would you change the Guild if you were elected as a Student Officer?
I already do some work behind the Guild anyway, because I’m a student trustee, so I can see how long the process takes. So I think it’s about making changes that people can see easily, not necessarily the behind the scenes changes. I’m campaigning for things like getting some phone chargers in the Guild, something that’s going to be easy to see, visible, and shows that as an SRO I am doing something that’s effective and I can attach my name to that.
What is your favourite Guild campaign of the past?
In terms of campaign policy, I think the NSS boycott has done really well – it’s been the most effective in terms of campaigns I’ve seen whilst I’ve been at uni. I think it’s a strong message, and it’s branded really well. In terms of the Guild itself – it’s the fact that it’s not town, it’s not too loud, it’s close to uni but it isn’t uni – it’s that relaxed atmosphere that I really like.
What is your least favourite Guild campaign of the past?
Sometimes I just can’t find an event here, for me. Then again, my taste is not everybody’s taste, so if I’m elected I can’t say I’ll create these events that are just for me! But maybe there’s something in that if I’m elected – I could broaden that maybe, put my influence on it. But not necessarily choose things that are just for me, because it is for everyone.
What have your experiences been like at university?
I’ll start from day one. I arrived, moved my furniture in… I’ve enjoyed it! I’ve made a lot of friends that are close knit instead of knowing a lot of different faces, which I like. I spend a lot of time with friends I met in accommodation- we’re really really close. A couple of them graduated last year, because I’m in my forth year. I’ve just made good friends- I’m sure that’s what everyone says, typical! It does fly by too quick and you don’t appreciate it when you’re in your first year. Now I’m 22, and on the cusp of the adult world, staring into the abyss- so I do quite appreciate this! Forever young, that’s my principle!
What’s more important, facts or feelings?
I mean, I suppose the two terms aren’t mutually exclusive. Obviously facts drive feelings, and obviously I’m going to use the hard facts in my campaign, for example, and that will hopefully inspire people to feel and vote. So I don’t think you should say what’s more important, but it’s how you use them. Facts can distort the truth, and how people feel about things- it’s just about being responsible with that, and using that in a way that takes into account people’s feelings too. That’s a bit of a swerve, I’m sorry! I hope that’s not too much of a politician’s answer.
Sum up your campaign in three words.
The whole campaign? Approachable, candid – and I’d like to say fun. Why not?