Democracy & Development Officer
Helloooo, I’m Milly, your Democracy and Development Officer.
My job is to make sure that the Students' Union is listening to your voice and fighting for your interests when both developing its own services and lobbying others. So, from transport to the environment to housing to kettles (apparently), I've got it covered!
Fun fact about me:
I play the saxxx
My role and what I hope to achieve this year:
My main aim this year is to create a more environmentally sustainable campus, which I believe can be achieved not only through more concrete changes such as better waste management and public transport options, but also through long-term cultural changes regarding our attitudes towards sustainability (both on the part of the students and the University itself).
Beyond this, within the democracy side of my role, I'd like to increase engagement with the Students' Union through improvements to the direct communication between the SU and students, by making the necessary channels much more transparent and simple, alongside generally working to rebrand the SU to suit a wider and more diverse range of students (not just those who are politically active and/or attend POP!)
The development side of my role covers a multitude of areas which include: SU outlets, where I want to see a greater variety of vegan and vegetarian options available alongside a move away from single-use plastics; housing, for which I'm excited to introduce the Rate Your Landlord scheme that has transformed student living in Leeds; and transport, a hot topic within which I will be fighting for a fairer bus service. On top of that, I also sit on a variety of University committees where I will ensure that student interests are represented at all levels.