Kate McIntosh
SU President candidate
The one thing I'd change about Durham is how few lower income students come to Durham.


I’m Kate, a Cuth’s finalist, SU trustee and Labour Club Co-Chair. During my time in Durham I’ve fought to make our university more accessible and more progressive. Now, I’m running to be your SU President. I have the ideas, expertise and passion to lead a powerful and relevant union, making meaningful change in students’ lives, and planning for a more diverse and inclusive future. As President of Women in Politics, an NUS delegate, and Political & Causes rep on Societies Committee, I have proved that I am a dedicated advocate of students, and I will continue to fight for what matters most to you as SU President.

My policy priorities:

Combat sexual violence and harassment on campus and in Durham city

  • work with pubs and clubs to implement a common standard for security staff responses to sexual violence and harassment
  • diversify support for LGBT+, disabled, and BAME students whose experiences are not recognised by a blanket approach
  • roll out Durham-specific active bystander training to more student leaders

Develop support for international students

  • push to increase international students’ engagement and representation in the SU
  • support Common Rooms to build stronger international communities and introduce a committee of international college reps
  • demand more recognition of prevalence of mental illness among international students

Fight for a fairer community

  • oppose reckless rise in student numbers which drives up prices and competition, damages student experience and forces locals to move away
  • expand and refocus the Ripped Off Campaign, to include direct action when appropriate
  • deliver accountability for rogue landlords and letting agents

Champion disadvantaged students

  • push for easily accessible financial support for students experiencing hardship
  • investigate the demographics of dropouts by department
  • work with careers service to expand support for lower income, BAME, disabled and international students