Kathryn Ellison
Trustee candidate

Hello! I’m Kathryn, a second-year theologian at Grey and I would love to be your SU trustee. I’m a super hardworking and motivated person, a big advocate for accessibility and transparency and a believer that SUs are their best when students are at the heart of everything they do. 

Relevant experience

Durham SU Democracy Review Steering Group 

  • Gained an in-depth knowledge of SU internal structures 
  • Learned about the key areas where the SU needs to improve 
  • Developed a broader awareness of the higher education sector and relevant charity law issues 

 

Chair of The SU Representatives Committee 

  • Made major changes to the committee so it can better serve the student body, including publicising minutes to improve transparency 

 

Grey JCR Student Union Officer 

  • Successfully proposed motions to assembly that seek to make assembly members more accountable by making assembly membership public 
  • Was pivotal in ensuring that trustees for Easter 2021 are elected and not appointed 
  • Pushed for broader inclusion of working-class students in JCR activities 
  • Successfully proposed a motion which put the full weight of assembly behind supporting an end to advertisements which contradict the SU’s campaigning efforts

 

Vice-President of The Intersectional Feminist Society (Secretary) 

  • Developed strong organisational and IT skills 
  • Learnt how to create and preserve online student communities during the pandemic 

 

Co-Founder of Decommercialize Durham 

  • Organised a large-scale petition which heavily impacted the universities decision to halt the move to move some degrees online permanently 
  • Have continually advocated for a reduction in the effect of neoliberalism on higher education 

 

TESCOS 

  • Worked night shifts through the first lockdown packing food parcels for vulnerable people 
  • Learnt the importance of community, solidarity and mutual aid during a time of local and global crisis