Tom Pymer
Trustee candidate
The one thing I'd change about Durham is ending the division between the city and the university, so we can enjoy the benefits of a city with such rich history and the city can take pride in the students it hosts.


Hey, I’m Tom, I’m a second-year philosopher from Trevs, and I’d love to be one of your Trustees. The job of a trustee is actually a lot simpler that it seems. The SU has a plan which it has drawn up. The Trustees make sure that the plan is carried through in the best possible way. There are a few areas that I think the SU can grow if it is to fulfil its responsibilities to the best of its abilities.

Firstly and foremostly, the environment. It’s essential that the SU fulfils its plan in a way that is environmentally sustainable. We must strive to become energy-efficient, 100% reliant on renewable energy and supporters of college ecological plans. Let’s bring green issues to the forefront of student politics.

Secondly, our financial plans. We need to provide a reasonable alternative; we can’t just keep campaigning without knowing what we’re actually arguing for. We’ve been trying that for eight years and it hasn’t worked. I’ll propose a new plan, making subtle but decisive changes, which will allow us to still benefit from the finances but be a truly fair deal.

Durham is infamous for having a gown-town divide; my college (Trevs) has perhaps epitomised that. It’s essential that the University grows alongside the city, not against it. Let’s create projects through artwork, volunteering opportunities and tours of local history, allowing us to see this place as a city where people live and work rather than just a backdrop for our studies.

My ethic will, above everything, be one of service. I’ve got the experience, through my work as Steering Officer of the LGBT+ Association, Treasurer of the HeForShe Society and Acting SU Rep. I don’t want to be in charge. I’m seeking to serve. That’s my promise to you.