Director of Student Development and Activities (DoSDA) candidate Mr Sandford has produced a detailed manifesto, outlining his vision for supporting student societies, development, and communication.
Mr Sandford has a wide range of experience in Union positions, including AU Treasurer and SSC Member Without Portfolio, making him well qualified for the role.
Clubs and Societies
Mr Sandford highlights a lack of card payment options societies have. While the problem identified is correct, he fails to provide alternatives or solutions — whether the Union has a reserve of card machines to lend out, or whether these will need to be purchased.
Mr Sandford’s highlighting of the Union relying on cashing cheques being a problem is true, and any move away from cashing cheques is desirable.
Mr Sandford has an admirable desire to increase workshops for subcommittees and societies, increasing student-led workshops at CAPOD, as well as increasing the incentives for getting involved in volunteering. However, he does not mention what these incentives will be. Also, Mr Sandford provides a solid plan to help societies work together.
Social Media and Communication
Mr Sandford highlights some improvements to the Sabbatical communication he has been involved in, including presence on social media and Sabbs On STAR, a radio programme on the student broadcasting platform, STAR, as well as a suggestion to update the Union’s website, which he rightly points out hasn’t been updated since 2012.
Mr Sandford has good intentions in reducing paper usage in regards to campaigning and propaganda. However, I have significant worries that this might negatively affect students who don’t use or don’t have access to social media.
Mr Sandford’s manifesto is succinct and makes good suggestions. It is well laid out and persuasive. While, in my opinion, we should be concerned about how Mr Sandford’s proposals may affect those students not on social media, on the whole he is qualified for the role and his suggestions are well thought out.
This analysis does not reflect the opinion of The Saint, but rather that of the author. All information was accurate at the time of writing.