VP Student Communities Candidate Interview: Emily Harrison

Here’s what she has to say


What made you want to run for a Saab position?

Because I think I can make a real difference. The Union is fantastic but there are some areas which definitely need improving. The policies I want to implement will hopefully fill the gaps to make sure the student groups who traditionally slip through the net feel properly supported and represented.

What’s your favourite point in your manifesto?

Implementing a Kids club/ Family night at Union films, definitely! I think it's a great way to get student parents engaged with the Student Union- And who doesn't love Finding Nemo? It's a classic!

Why are you the best person for this role?

I've been involved in the Union in various ways for the last three years, as a senate representative, a member of the Democracy and Creative Industries zone and currently as the Engagement Officer for Southampton RAG. All of these roles been about representation and communication, which the role of VP Student Communities is all about- Communicating with students to represent the underrepresented.

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

Communication! Arun, and all of the Sabbs, have done a fantastic job of making themselves more visible this year but the general communication from the Union is still quite poor. I really want to tackle this and build relationships with students to make sure they feel properly supported and are aware of what's going on.

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

The thing I'm least looking forward to is also the thing I'm most looking forward to- Elections night! Standing on the stage, right before they announce who's won. Scary and exciting in equal measure!

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

Avoid to all. I would marry Stanley Johnson though- After I'm a Celeb I've fallen in love a little bit.

What is your favourite Soton night out?

Jesters, definitely. It's hard to explain the attachment to the sticky walls and twobicles but there's nothing better than dancing to Uptown girl with a Jesticle on a Monday night. And with a Chicken shop right next door, what more could you want?

Who is your dream dinner date?

I'd love to say someone cool but if I'm honest as a History student I'd have to say Anne Boleyn- I have a (not so) mild fascination of her. Picking someone alive though, Michelle Obama!