Ben NewshamDemocracy & Development Officer

Hi, I’m Ben and I’m your Democracy and Development Officer.  

I’m passionate about making it easy to see what the SU has achieved for you. The Students’ Union is run by students, exists because of students, and fights for students' interests. To do that, we need to ensure that every voice is being heard. This year, I will be working towards that goal by simplifying our democratic structures and the information we use to explain them, using sports clubs and societies to engage with as many students as possible, and working with potential candidates to produce inspiring and realistic manifestos.   

The development side of the role covers a wide range of topics: SU outlets where I want to see a greater variety of food options available (particularly for those with special dietary requirements), the SU app which I want to overhaul and simplify, and buses which I will fight to reduce overcrowding on. I also sit on a variety of university committees, where I will make sure that student interests are represented at all levels.  

I am always happy to talk to students interested in the Students’ Union and what we do, either via email or by visiting me in the office in SUHQ. We can only build a Union that works for everyone if we hear from a wide range of people -  so get involved, and make your mark! 

Contact Ben

The Democracy & Development Officer's office is on the first floor of SUHQ.

Ben's Latest Blog

Find all of Ben's blog posts on his blog page.

Ben's Election

The election for Democracy & Development Officer takes place during the Officer Elections in term 2.