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VP Engagement Candidate Interview: Charlie Morris

Here’s what she had to say

What made you want to run for a Saab position?

I have been heavily involved in the union throughout my three years here and it has been the best part of my Uni career. I want to give that back, and I want students to feel the same kind of passion and empowerment I do. Every opportunity I have to get involved I jump at, and I would love the chance to take more responsibility within SUSU.

What’s your favourite point in your manifesto?

Definitely the introduction of casual Wednesday afternoon volunteering. There is a clear interest amongst students to get involved with volunteering but often they're limited by other commitments or lack of time. By introducing volunteering on a casual basis students can get involved as and when they want, giving them the chance to integrate into the local community and offering a boost for CVs. It really can be tailored to exactly what students want.

Why are you the best person for this role?

My passion and experience make me the perfect candidate for this role. I've worked within the External Engagement zone for the past three years, sitting as an open member in my second year, a senator this year and one of the zones student leaders, RAG President. My work with RAG has given me invaluable knowledge of fundraising and volunteering, and my wider zone work has given me an understanding of the way the Union runs and the systems in place for events and funding. I have an absolutely unmatchable dedication to the work of the zone, and I would love to be able to continue this.

What do you think is currently the weakest area of Susu?

The lack of communication across areas. Several times this year I've been faced with issues running events as a result of the breakdown of communication internally, and I would not stand for that. We need to improve communications across zones and across internal SUSU teams to ensure we're supporting students fully.

What are you least looking forward to during your election campaign?

Probably the mess of a degree I'm going to have to deal with afterwards! I'm putting my all into this campaign which will probably mean coming back to a rather sad looking dissertation once it's all over. Late night Hartley sesh anyone?

Snog, marry, avoid: Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn?

Gross to all. If I had to pick I'd snog Boris Johnson because that picture of him suspended on a zip wire still makes me absolutely cry with laughter, avoid Theresa May because, well it's Theresa May, and I guess that means I'd marry Jeremy Corbyn?

What is your favourite Soton night out?

Hands down Jesters every single time. I'm a bit of a notoriously bad dancer and Jesters really allows me to showcase my talent. Nowhere else can I cha cha slide and scream along to Linkin Park one after each other.

Who is your dream dinner date?

Tariq Manzil. I reckon that man really has some stories to tell, think of all the things he's seen! You'd get a banging curry too.