From May 8th to May 12th, two postgraduate students campaigned and participated in a hotly-contest Postgraduate Executive Election. Otavio Schaitza and Oreoluwa Adeola are both current Masters students on our main campus due to complete their studies this coming September. Their manifestos focused on different areas of engagement, and highlighted the diversity of the postgraduate experience here at Loughborough and at Loughborough in London.
Unlike the earlier Executive Elections, the Postgraduate Executive Elections focus heavily on manifestos and the candidates’ suitability for the role. In an extended and comprehensive Bubble Debate, both candidates were grilled by an expert panel for nearly an hour. They were given the chance to expand on their manifestos and talk about their experiences of postgraduate study. Some topics were discussed heavily, including how LSU can improve its offering for part-time and distance learners, and how we can work to develop the relationship between the Loughborough and London campus.
Both candidates campaigned hard for the voters, talking to hundreds of students over the short campaign period and learning more about the issues facing postgraduate study.
The results were announced at our first ever ‘PGIF – Postgrad’s It’s Friday Election Results Special.’ This election saw the highest percentage postgraduate engagement with an election in LSU history, eclipsing the figures from last year. Otavio was revealed by Union Affairs EO Matthew Gill to be the winner, and we look forward to welcoming Otavio to our team as the Postgraduate Executive Officer 2017/2018. Thank you to both candidates for taking part!