George Walker

 

Manifesto

I’m George, a Third Year Politics student at Van Mildert and the current Mildert Students’ Union Representative.

Over three years in Durham, I have fought to make the lives of students better. I’ve campaigned against rising accommodation fees, against rogue landlords and for a living wage for all staff. As President I want to fight for a fairer Durham so that all Durham students can have the University experience they deserve.

Decent housing and accommodation for all

I have been an active member of the #RippedOff campaign against rising accommodation fees and I am a founding member of the Durham Tenants’ Union. As President, I would continue the #RippedOff campaign, demanding affordable accommodation fees and I’ll tackle rip-off landlords in our city by supporting the growth of the Tenants’ Union and rolling out a landlord database.

A campus free from discrimination and harassment

I will lead the fight on sexual violence and harassment on our campus, working with staff to deliver training to student groups and Common Rooms and working with local businesses to develop a zero-tolerance approach to harassment in our city. I’ll also ensure the President works more closely with our Associations and work with the Academic Officers to tackle attainment gaps in Durham.

Affordable student opportunities

The University talks about the ‘Durham difference’ and although Durham does offer many amazing opportunities, we do far too little to support students from less affluent backgrounds in accessing these. As President, I would work with the Opportunities Officer to use existing research to establish a student opportunities fund so all Durham students can participate in all aspects of University life.

I believe that I have a clear vision for a transformative Students’ Union that can create positive change for Durham students. Vote George for SU President and #WinWithWalker.