President — Profile — Feargal Hynes

 

Name: Feargal Hynes

Age: 22

Hometown: Wexford Town, Co. Wexford

Course: Commerce

 

 

Feargal Hynes is the sole candidate for SU President this year. Although it has been common in the past for the role of President to be uncontested, this will most likely be the first time in five years the role has not been filled by a former sabbatical officer. Continue reading

Graduate Education — Profile — Anabel Castañeda

 

Name: Anabel Castañeda

Age: 23

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Course: Media & International Conflict, MA

 

 

 

It is highly unusual for a someone to run for one of the full-time positions in UCDSU after just one year in the college, but Anabel Castañeda has decided to do just that. The Media & International Conflict student from Las Vegas is the only person to throw her hat into the ring for the position of Graduate Education Officer. Continue reading

Election Analysis — President

Candidate Profile:
Feargal Hynes

Over the last few years, there has been an observable change in the type of person students have voted into the office of SU President. The shift in their priorities has seen two incumbent Welfare Officers get elected to the position of president in the Students’ Union for the last two years Continue reading

Election Analysis — Graduate Education

Candidate Profile:
Anabel Castañeda

After last year’s abysmal turnout of just 68 people for the Graduate Education Officer by-election, there is pressure on UCDSU to ensure a larger amount of votes to be cast this year. The fact that it is being held alongside the other sabbatical elections means there should be more than 68 people voting, although it is unclear just how many there will be. Continue reading

Election Analysis — Undergraduate Education

Candidate profiles: 
Amy Fox
Bill Thompson

Last year, the Education Office of UCDSU was divided into the Undergraduate Education Officer and the Graduate Education Officer. As of yet, it is not clear if this undertaking was the best possible course of action. Of the two, the undergraduate role is seen as the more important. Continue reading

Undergraduate Education — Profile — Bill Thompson

 

Name: Bill Thompson

Age: 20

Hometown: Poole, England

Course: History and German

 

 

Opposing candidate profile:
Amy Fox

Second year History and German student Bill Thompson believes his communication skills are the greatest asset that he will bring to the Undergraduate Education Office if elected. Viewing the role as being a problem solver and advocate on behalf of students, he feels the most important part of his job will be dealing with individual students. Continue reading

Undergraduate Education — Profile — Amy Fox

 

Name: Amy Fox

Age: 21

Hometown: Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Course: Business and Law

 

 

Opposing candidate profile:
Bill Thompson

A 21-year-old final year B&L student from Westmeath, Amy Fox is hoping her experience as both a student and seasoned LawSoc veteran will help her achieve success in the race for the position of Undergraduate Education Officer. Continue reading

Welfare and Equality — Profile — Rebek’ah McKinney-Perry

Name: Rebek’ah McKinney-Perry

Age: 22

Hometown: Cabinteely, Dublin

Course: Law 

 

Opposing candidate profiles:
Cian Aherne
Sam Blanckensee
Maeve DeSay

“You run for a position because you believe you’re the best person for the job,” says this year’s Gender Equality Co-ordinator, Rebek’ah McKinney-Perry, who is the oldest of the four candidates for this year’s race for the position of Welfare and Equality Officer of UCDSU. Continue reading

Welfare and Equality — Profile — Sam Blanckensee

Name: Sam Blanckensee

Age: 20

Hometown: Greystones, Wicklow

Course: Veterinary Nursing

 

Opposing candidate profiles:
Cian Aherne
Maeve DeSay
Rebek’ah McKinney-Perry

Currently the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Co-ordinator of UCD Students’ Union (SU), Sam Blanckensee is another candidate going for the role of Welfare and Equality Officer that has been involved with initiatives focused on promoting welfare and tackling inequality for a number of years. Continue reading

Welfare and Equality — Profile — Maeve DeSay

Name: Maeve DeSay

Age: 20

Hometown: Lucan, Dublin

Course: International Relations and Irish

 

Opposing candidate profiles:
Cian Aherne
Sam Blanckensee
Rebek’ah McKinney-Perry

Maeve DeSay is a candidate for the position of Welfare and Equality Officer that is no stranger to being involved with campaigns that focus on promoting positive mental health. She intends to focus on fulfilling the basic requirements of the Welfare and Equality Officer, but aims to stand out by bringing a new approach to tackling these issues. Continue reading