Student Officers

Balraj Dhingra

Balraj is the Sport Officer

1 post
Last post 01 Aug 2018
Ben Newsham

Ben is the Democracy & Development officer

1 post
Last post 20 Sep 2018
Emily Dunford

Emily is the Postgraduate Officer.

2 posts
Last post 23 Feb 2018
Jemma Ansell

Jemma is the Welfare Officer

2 posts
Last post 19 Sep 2018
Larissa Kennedy

Larissa is the Education Officer

No posts
Leo Palma

Leo is the Societies Officer

No posts
Liam Jackson

Liam is the President.

4 posts
Last post 24 May 2018

Part-time Officers

Alex Lythall

Alex is the Trans Officer.

No posts
Anne-Marie Matthews

Anne-Marie is the Part-time & Mature Students' Officer.

No posts
Josh Johnson

Josh is the LGBTUA+ Officer.

1 post
Last post 19 Sep 2018
Julie Saumagne & Christian König

Julie and Christian are the Ethics & Environment Officers.

No posts
Laura Addison & Amy Moores

Laura and Amy are the Women Officers.

16 posts
Last post 23 May 2017
Last comment 08 Mar 2014
Melissa P. Martin

Melissa is the Disabled Students' Officer.

5 posts
Last post 29 Sep 2016
Last comment 08 Mar 2014
Namir Rahim Chowdhury

Namir is the Ethnic Minorities Officer.

No posts

Luke Pilot

Luke is the President of Warwick SU.

Another Year, Another Letter To Stagecoach...

The following is the contents of a letter sent (23rd June 2017) to Steve Burd, Managing Director of Stagecoach Midlands, and Sir Brian Souter (Chairman) and Martin Griffiths (Chief Executive) of Stagecoach Group, as mandated in the policy 'Stagecoach: Stop Taking Us For A Ride!' passed in the Term 3 All Student Meeting & Policy Referendum.

 

Dear Steve Burd (cc Sir Brian Souter and Martin Griffiths) 

I am writing to you regarding Warwick Students’ Union’s position on Stagecoach and the services you provide to students.

In our Term 3 Referendum, in which all students are able to submit policy and vote, the new policy ‘Stagecoach: Stop Taking Us For A Ride’ was passed. It should be noted this policy passed with the highest proportion of votes in favour of any motion since our All Student Referenda have existed.

This policy mandates me, as SU President, to write to you detailing our members’ concerns and frustrations with your bus service, which they use to commute between Leamington Spa and the University of Warwick campus.

Three specific concerns have been raised by our members in this policy:

  1. Replacement bus passes. Students are concerned by Stagecoach’s decision this year to more rigorously, and unfairly, enforce your bus pass replacement policy, punishing students who have genuinely lost their pass by making them pay substantial sums of money due to the actions of a minority trying to abuse the system. This concern is demonstrated not just by this policy, but also in a separate petition set up by students which gained 1000 signatures (found here). The Students’ Union demands that you resume the replacement of lost bus passes at minimal cost by 7th July 2017, or the SU will no longer promote Stagecoach or allow Stagecoach to promote or sell its products within the Union buildings until this policy is reversed.
     
  2. Vacation timetable provision. Students are concerned that your timetable of buses outside of term-time is insufficient, with too few buses departing campus in the evening and the service ending much too early. This is particularly detrimental to medical students, postgraduate students completing theses or conducting research (who work on campus all year round), international students (who stay on campus during the vacation as they are unable to return to their home countries) and staff and students working or studying on campus over the holidays. In spring vacation for example, many students stay on campus the whole time in order to revise. These service users have been left stranded on campus at night or forced to finish their work early in order to return home. The Students’ Union demands that you improve your vacation timetable, specifically operating your service from campus later into the evening.
     
  3. Technological capability. Students are concerned that Stagecoach is falling behind its competitors technologically, thus further failing its customers. Though we have received numerous updates about the potential introduction of Swift card capability and contactless payment options, we are aware that these services — which could address the problem with replacement bus passes — will be introduced much too late for successive generations of Warwick students. The Students’ Union demands that you endeavour to secure the latest technology on your buses as soon as possible, in order to avoid further inconveniencing your customers.

The above grievances, combined with an overarching frustration with the efficiency of your service, have led to Stagecoach losing a substantial amount of goodwill with — and irreparably damaging your reputation amongst — Warwick students over the last few years. The requests to improve your vacation timetable, to implement more up-to-date technology and to resume the replacement of lost bus passes at minimal cost by 7th July 2017 may go some way to rectifying this in the short term.

We are keen to maintain a good line of communication between yourselves and our membership, and we anticipate your rapid response and efforts to address these issues.

Yours faithfully

Luke Pilot

President

Warwick SU