Union President » Alex Urquhart

Alex Urquhart says:

18th February 2017 22:34

**Sorry Typo*** Hello there (again), The feedback policy is my most vague but is really aimed to address an issue that I'm not 100% sure how to solve but have one possible idea that I think could work. A big difficulty with enacting or stopping change is generating a mandate. If YUSU wants to make a change they need students to engage in order for that to take place. Equally, if a change is coming that the students may not want, quite a significant number of students will have to speak up about that proposal in order to actually make it stop. This app aims to simplify the generation of a mandate by asking simple questions that lead to specifically chosen multiple-choice answers, that can generate usable data, in order to propose and/or challenge decisions made by the union and the university. In order to incentivise students, I am planning on somehow linking the app with YoYo wallet, whereby students are awarded points for participating in the simple questionnaires - effectively game-ifying the process. I have run a lot of this through YUSU already, and it is an approach that is more or less in line with their current digital and online strategy, so won't clash with the union's current plans. If you have any further questions about it I'd be happy to answer, the word count in the manifesto meant I couldn't go too much into it. Please drop me an email: jau503@york.ac.uk Or message me on Facebook: Alex Urquhart Hope that helps, Alex

Alex Urquhart says:

18th February 2017 22:30

Hello there (again), The feedback policy is my most vague but is really aimed to address an issue that I'm not 100% sure how to solve but have one possible idea that I think could work. A big difficulty with enacting or stopping change is generating a mandate. If YUSU wants to make a change they need students to engage in order for that to take place. Equally, if a change is coming that the students may not want, quite a significant number of students will have to speak up about that proposal in order to actually make it stop. This app aims to simplify the generation of a mandate by asking simple questions that lead to specifically chose questions that can help us generate usable data, in order to propose and/or challenge decisions made by the union and the university. In order to incentivise students, I am planning on somehow linking the app with YoYo wallet, whereby students are awarded points for participating in the simple questionnaires - effectively game-ifying the process. I have run a lot of this through YUSU in previous weeks and it is an approach that is more or less in line with their current digital and online strategy, so won't clash too much with the unions continuing plans. If you have any further questions about it I'd be happy to answer, the word count in the manifesto meant I couldn't go too much into it. Please drop me an email: jau503@york.ac.uk Or message me on Facebook: Alex Urquhart Hope that helps, Alex

Alex Urquhart says:

18th February 2017 21:28

Hi there, You're right, my manifesto has got a heavy attention to events to other candidates. That is mainly because a lot of my experiences in leadership have involved running events, so feel it is something I can really positively influence on a uni scale. Though there is reference to Independent club night promotion, there is also a pledge (3.1.ii) for an event leaflet in all fresher packs promoting regular society-led events (anything from regular Drama Barn shows, to dance lessons), aimed to get freshers into habits of going to these events, to help build attendance and membership. It also details event feedback forms, allowing students to reflect on YUSU's involvement with their event - a platform that doesn't currently exist. This is just one section of the manifesto though, there is another colleges and campuses (2.), Societies (4.) and the university as a whole (1.) If you have any more questions about my policies please feel free to email me (jau503@york.ac.uk) or message me on facebook :) Hope that helps! Alex

Anonymous says:

14th February 2017 18:38

You care a lot about events but a university is more than events and clubs!

Anonymous says:

14th February 2017 17:46

I like your idea about feedback, however how will you ensure students will use it? Most students are already too lazy to fill out electronic feedback about their degree courses, so why would you expect them to suddenly change their ways for YUSU, which in my view is not highly regarded by students.

Add Comment

Video Details

Created: 13th February 2017

Duration: 01:14

Total Views: 1,544


Creative Commons Licence
This video is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence.