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Candidate for the position of President

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Rhiannon Ellis

Why are you interested in becoming an Elected Officer, and what makes you an outstanding candidate for President in particular?

I have really enjoyed being a student rep and an SCO whilst completing my degree, and I would love the opportunity to continue representing the student voice but at a larger scale. Similarly, I am aware of issues at the University such as mental health and the BAME attainment gap and these are areas I am passionate about improving. I would also like to give back to the University as it has given me so many opportunities to grow as a person. Additionally, I have the confidence and perseverance to advocate for student success and wellbeing, and I will not stop until all issues are addressed and dealt with accordingly. I am also compassionate and I understand that students have their own unique journey to University and some may need more support than others. My one goal would be to ensure that all 24,000 students feel supported and listened to.

What relevant skills/experience would you be able to bring to the role?

I have previously been a student rep and I am currently an SCO for the Law School. I have strong leadership skills from being an SCO and I work well in a group such as with the student reps. One of my successes as an SCO was creating a petition to have the safety-net changed and then working with the current President, VP Education and Pro-Vice Chancellor to get the policy amended. I also work part-time for the emergency services as a 999 call handler which has taught me how to cope well under pressure whilst remaining calm. Call handling has also improved my listening skills which allows me to offer advice, support and reassurance to those that are struggling.

What would you consider to be your main strengths?

One of my main strengths is my communication skills. I have the confidence to speak publically and raise concerns in addition to actively listening. This allows me to understand and respond appropriately. I am also very organised and I have the ability to multi-task even in pressurised situations. On a more personal level I would say I am friendly, approachable and empathetic and this enables me to build rapport with those around me.

What would you consider to be your main weaknesses?

I am a bit of a perfectionist and I can be very self-critical. I like to make sure that all tasks are completed to a high standard and I get frustrated with myself if something isn’t perfect. I also sometimes have trouble saying no and therefore I can take on too much work. This is something that I have been working on and I have found working collaboratively in a team helps prevent this.

Introduce yourself! What should students know about you?

My name is Rhiannon but everyone calls me Rhi. I am 23 years old and I am from Hampshire, but I have also lived in Vancouver, Hong-Kong and Singapore. I am currently in my final year of University studying Criminal Justice and Criminology and I am hoping to become a detective in the future. Outside of University I really enjoy running, yoga and photography. I also have a ‘mild’ obsession with sausage dogs!

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