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Meet Annika Ramos – VP Education candidate

Why are you running?

I am running because I have been at the University for four years now, a year in foundation and a further three studying Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Throughout this time, I have never been the best student, neither have I been top of the class or always asking questions. I was however, elected to be course representative for all this time, representing students to the faculty and enacting change.

It is actually because of this that I am most aware of where students could be better supported by both the university and by the Union. When I started working for the Student Union as receptionist, I became inspired by the variety of initiatives that could be run. This eventually grew to me wanting to become VP Education, so that I could facilitate even more improvements within the university.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I’m a big fan of always assuming positive intent. It’s not often that people make mistakes deliberately, plus it’s a lot more productive for a team to focus on the goals. I think it is essential for everyone to be able to develop their skill-sets and learn from each other. People will always have different experiences and knowledge than yourself, and to facilitate sharing of this will result in empowerment and better team morale all-round. Leadership is such a subjective and personal experience, I believe that the most important aspect of it is to be able to listen to the needs of your team, the key stakeholders, and focus these needs to the task at hand to ensure high-quality results.

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

One of the key challenges facing the SU and Queen Mary is lack of engagement from the students. A lot of people go to lectures and then go home, not realising the many opportunities they could undertake that would improve their education experience. This challenge is something that the Union is really trying to tackle, it’ll be amazing to have a campus where everyone feels open to join in and eagerly do so!

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

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Barack Obama, James Corden, Gordon Ramsay, and Ryan Reynolds. Good food, incredible inspirational figures and lots of entertainment for sure!


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