Manifesto

Candidate for the position of Vice President Community

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Grace Chuan

#graceCforVPC

Hi, I'm Grace and I'm running to be your next VP Community!

I'm currently a fourth year Sports Management international student and secretary of the University's Touch Rugby Club. Prior to studying in Edinbugh, I grew up in Singapore and Abu Dhabi so I was not familiar with the city before moving here. I'm grateful for the student opportunities and activities that allowed me to have met the people who make Edinburgh feel like home. 

This role would give me the chance to give back to the city that I love by building on the foundations that are already in place whilst also implementing what I believe to be positive and impactful change.

Follow my campaign: @gracecvpc on Instagram or facebook.com/gracecvpc

 

Be CONSCIOUS

  • Support Edinburgh University’s mission to be Zero (Carbon) by 2040
    • Distribute reusable water bottles to decrease the university’s single-use plastics waste
    • Eliminate non-recyclable packaging at all EUSA venues 
    • Embed modules related to sustainability across all curriculums (UN's Education for Sustainable Development)
  • Spotlight local sustainable clothing choices by collaborating EUSA projects with them e.g. SHRUB Swapshop and boot sales
  • Continue to work with SHRUB by hosting household items swaps at the start of each semester 
  • Make Big Cheese GREEN! Reusable cups and no straws (unless required for accessibility purposes) - fingers crossed for the return of Big Cheese!
 
Stay CONNECTED
  • Focus sport and societies sign up campaigns on second year students who were first years during the pandemic to help them make up for the social time they lost
  • Kickstart charities sign-up fair to help students find local charities to volunteer with – this is a step towards improving the relationship between Edinburgh University students and the wider Edinburgh Community population after scapegoating of students in the media during the pandemic
  • Increase meet and greet event opportunities for international undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Ensure university addresses digital poverty in students and continue to provide those who need with personal Wi-Fi devices and laptops
 
Feel COMFORTABLE
  • Continue the fight for tighter regulation on rent prices for private flats around Edinburgh – lobby and campaign with local politicians for stricter rent caps
    • Continue to run information events to help students be more knowledgable on their rights as tenants
    • Organise flatmate finding speed-dating (online) events
  • Ensure government's replacement of Erasmus, TuringProgramme, is as beneficial to students as it possibly could be by making sure it provides for lower income students who wish to study abroad
  • Bring back King’s bus and fight for an additional stop in Marchmont, and push for a bus running from central to Peffermill
    • Lobby university to improve travel options to other campuses – including, increase funding for bus passes 
  • Lobby university to improve lighting around their accommodation and campuses to make students feel safer