In the run up to the elections for the new Cambridge NUS delegates, TCS is speaking to all candidates about their manifestos, what they would accomplish, and why they are best suited to carry out their roles. Voting opens at 00:00 on the 31st of October, and closes on the 3rd of November. The following is a transcript from an interview with Angus.
How will you carry out the key points in your manifesto?
The primary way I will fight for continued participation in Erasmus after Brexit, equal rights for international students, free education or opposition to the Prevent agenda is by voting that way. I’ll also use national networks to push for candidates for NUS sabbatical officers supportive of these causes and, where necessary, speak myself.
Why would you be a better NUS representative than the other candidates?
I think to be effective you need ideas, experience and networks. I’ve got all three. I have strong and detailed ideas for how to fight for all students, especially the most marginalised, with strategic input as to the most effective campaigning. I have experience on my JCR, co-founding the divestment campaign and helping to keep Cambridge in the NUS in the 2016 referendum. I won’t be overawed at conference. And as a member of the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, I’ll be able to effectively organise for change.
What would you like to achieve in the position?
Above all, NUS leadership committing to a radical policy for free education. These are times of political potentiality – things are changing fast, and the realms of the possible are shifting. If I can successfully contribute to a movement which puts liberation and education at its heart, I’ll be happy.
What do you think are the biggest issues facing Cambridge students today?
I think accommodation prices are right up there. I’m one of the people behind the nascent Cambridge, Cut the Rent campaign, which will campaign for lower rents and better conditions across the University. Cambridge is stressful enough without having to worry if you have enough to feed yourself properly. I also think sexual assault is a permanent crisis which needs permanent strong action – luckily we’ve had great action from both the Women’s campaign and the NUS, which is much needed.
If you could only make one change in Cambridge, what would it be?
If the uni could divest from fossil fuels before I graduate that’d be fab.