CUSU Election 2017: Joshua Jackson

Matt Gurtler 6 March 2017

2nd year Queens' HSPS student Joshua Jackson is one of the three people running for the position of University Councillor in the upcoming CUSU/GU Election. The Cambridge Student asked each candidate why there were running, and for a comment on their manifesto's key policies.

"I'm running because we have a deficit in student leadership and student voices at the highest levels of this university. Especially over issues such as divestment, the rights of EU students to not be bargaining chips in Brexit and mental health rights. Take divestment for example, myself and the rest if the student body are passionate about ensuring the university isn't funding companies whose business is concerned with fossil fuels, it's about time the university council commits to divestment, Cambridge must be on the right side of climate change. I only recently decided to run because I felt the previous Councillor, who is running for reelection, had failed to capitalise on the position, leaving promises unfulfilled. We've heard virtually nothing from the previous councillor throughout the entirety of last year. That's not who I am, when I'm in a role I use it to the make an impact for the sake of students in Cambridge so that we might have a better life here. As councillor I'll be able to raise student concerns around divestment, the rights of EU students, mental health directly to the highest level. No one can doubt my commitment to getting out there and taking direct and immediate action on the concerns that matter the most. With my proven track record as a change-maker I'm committed to using this role to change the way student concerns are represented on the University Council. However we can't change the University Council until we change the type of people we send to the university council, that's why I want to be your University Councillor."

His key policy is 100% Divestment. "I am unequivocally and unreservedly committed to ensuring the University Council votes to fully divest from companies who make profit from fossil fuels. Important University Council votes in divestment are coming up, Cambridge must be on the right side of climate change, if I'm University Councillor I'll seek full divestment, none of the University’s Endowment Funds will be invested in companies whose business is concerned with the extraction of fossil fuels. My second highest priority and in many way much more urgent is defending the rights of EU students from a Tory government who wants to use them as bargaining chips over Brexit.

For more information, see Josh's website at

Voting for the election opens at 9am on Tuesday 7 March and closes on Friday 10 March at 5pm.