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Meet Ella Harvey – VP Welfare candidate

Why are you running?

I’m running because I think there is a lot of work to be done on sexual and mental health in order to break down stigma and create real, permanent change at our university. I’m so excited to share my ideas because I think, with the opportunity to implement them, they’ll have a strong impact on the lives of QMUL students.

How would you describe your leadership style?

Approachable but firm. 5 years in retail means that I’ve seen a lot of different leadership styles so I like to think I know what works and what doesn’t! Particularly for a role like welfare, I’m not going to have the same experiences that my part time officers have had, so I know there will be times where I’ll have to sit back and listen and there will be times where I’ll have to take the lead and be decisive.

What do you see as the biggest challenges currently facing the Students’ Union or Queen Mary more broadly?

Your move, Bailey.

Good question! I think we’re really good as an SU at bringing attention to issues but unless we have the services to support students it’s just lip service. The challenge is being creative in coming up with solutions to these issues. In terms of Queen Mary more broadly? Can I use this as an opportunity to @ the Principal and tell him to pay his staff a proper pension?! I was worried this was going to be too obvious an answer but I hope everyone else being asked this responds with the same thing, to be honest. Your move, Bailey.

If you could invite 5 people, dead or alive to a dinner party, who would you invite?

Genghis Khan – I did an essay on whether or not he was a feminist in year 12 and I sort of just want to get his thoughts on that.

Maya Angelou – She is my favourite author of all time and her and Genghis can talk about different types of poetry (Genghis and Maya have a love of poetry in common).

Ian Boldsworth and Barry Dodds – (One is a ghost skeptic and one is obsessed with ghosts) so they can argue about whether or not what is happening is real.

Dawn Foster – One of my favourite people on Twitter so she can live tweet the whole thing and prove that it actually happened.

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