Sabbatical candidates 2020/21
College Officer Candidates
Nominated for: President
Hello! My name is Conor Anderson, and I am running for President of UCDSU. I am currently the Union's Graduate Officer, a role I think I have done some good in. I have a M.Sc. in World Heritage Management and Conservation from UCD's School of Archaeology, and I completed my bachelor's at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
I am a dual Irish and American citizen who has been living in Dublin since 2018. I am passionate about making UCD a better place, and in my spare time I go to the gym, ride my bike, and write.
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Nominated for: Welfare Officer
Hi, I’m Bex and I’m a ‘Derry Girl’ in her final year of English, Drama and Social Justice at UCD. Throughout my time in UCD, I have had many invaluable experiences including becoming my Class Rep (2017-’18) as well as being involved with multiple clubs and societies including the Musical Society and UCD Volunteers Overseas (of which I am Secretary). With UCDVO, I have volunteered in India the past two summers as a general volunteer and a student leader.
Like many students, while studying, I have maintained a part-time job, have lived in ‘digs’ and in student accommodation and, for a period of time, had to commute into college. I have had, like many of you, a turbulent and everchanging college experience. I have seen what the Student Union can do for those who need it and how the Union can improve the life of the student body as a whole. I strongly believe I have the experience, ambition, attitude and drive to be an effective Welfare Officer.
Nominated for: Welfare Officer
I’m a 20-year-old psychology student from Co. Clare and co-founder of the Fix Our Education group that has helped lead the resistance to unjustified rent increases on campus. I am running for Welfare officer because I believe that student support services on campus are at breaking point. If the University fails to provide the proper resourcing, I will lobby politicians and fight for the Higher Education Authority to ringfence funding for student supports. UCD shouldn’t be spending more on luxury flights than on student health and counselling. Having needed access to mental health services on campus myself, I know how distressing long waiting lists can be. Functional Mental Healthcare and Disability services are absolutely essential.
I love working in groups and with Fix our Education we have had fantastic engagement from students from different backgrounds getting involved. As Welfare officer I want to build a broad coalition of students and staff to resist commercialisation in UCD. I believe the SU should continue to escalate protest actions until the rent increase on campus is stopped, and student support services get the funding they desperately need. I also want to extend SafeTalk training on campus, and bring in Rapid-HIV testing for students.
Nominated for: Education Officer
Hi, I’m Darryl, I’m a final year student of History, and I want to be your next SU Education Officer. Originally from Laois, during my time in UCD I’ve been heavily involved in the fight for a fair and affordable UCD, whether it be in the campaign against the student center levy, fees or the high cost of housing.
My main hobbies are reading history and Sci Fi, watching tv and being at the odd protest. I’m running because I believe that a union that fights for its students is a union that can overcome today’s challenges and make UCD a better University for all students.
Nominated for: Education Officer
My name is Hannah, and I’m a repeating third-year Computer Science student. During my time as a student I have been directly impacted by the shortcomings of UCD's disability, mental health and financial supports – so I’m running for Education Officer to try to make these supports better.
With experience working at the UCD Student Desk, as an admin assistant at Queen’s Belfast, as UCD Disability, Awareness & Inclusion Society Founder/Auditor and as the current UCDSU Disability Rights Officer, I believe I can advise students who face barriers to their education effectively and campaign to stop the university putting these barriers up in the first place.
I have been heavily involved in the Fix Our Education campaign as the main disability policy writer and I have been actively talking to nearly every SU candidate about disability issues on campus for the past three years. I promise to be a passionate campaigner for students in need, and I believe that the detailed knowledge about UCD policy and decision-making that I have gained over my years dealing with UCD will help me to focus that energy on the bits of our system that most need to change.
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Nominated for: Campaigns and Engagement Officer
Heyis! My name is Leighton Gray and I’m running to be your next C&E officer. The C&E officer primarily deals with engagements, social media, and political campaigns. I have been involved in activism since I was 16 years old. I was auditor of UCD for Choice in the year of Repeal and am currently the LGBTQ Campaign Coordinator for UCDSU. I have had years of experience in running campaigns, organising events, and running social media profiles for activist groups.
I want to shake the union up, and break its formula. The union is not reaching its potential in engagement and activism, and I want to change this. After speaking to students, I have found that many of you do not know what’s going on with the union, or find its actions too little too late. If elected, I want to make the Union a true voice of the students. I want you to have a say in how we work, through in person meetings and online polls. I want to show the university that we really mean business with meaningful and sustained action year round, and become something students can be proud of.
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Nominated for: Entertainments Officer
Hey I’m Sarah, I’m 21, finishing my Masters in Psychological Science. I’ve been involved in UCD life since day one, joining a large number of societies in first year, becoming the auditor of Hispanic society in second year and mental health campaign coordinator for the Student’s Union this year. I’ve organised a number of events, including regular coffee mornings, Tapas and Sagría nights, World Mental Health Day and trips abroad.
I’m running to be your Ents officer for 2020/21 because I’ve come to really love the creative and social aspects of putting on events throughout my various roles. I’m passionate about making other people’s student experience as fantastic as mine was and I believe I can do so through hard work and consultation with students!
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Nominated for: Arts, Humanities and Social Science
Hi! My name is Sophie O’Leary. I am 19 and from County Clare. I am a first year student studying History & Politics. I am a friendly, supportive and helpful person. I enjoy listening to and helping people. I am currently your Class Rep for History Stage 1. I represent you at student and college council meetings to promote your interests on an ongoing basis. I am enjoying my role as Class Rep and I look forward to providing a strong voice for all of your concerns in the future. I love performing arts, sports and the outdoors.
In UCD, I have enjoyed acting on stage with DramSoc. I also love travelling. Recently, I was on a trip to Berlin with the PolSoc and I loved it. I’m also an active tennis player. Growing up, I have helped organise tennis camps to support kids playing tennis in the community. It was fun working with them. Tennis is one of the sports I’m most passionate about. I look forward to the opportunity of representing you.
In the meantime, stay safe and healthy. All the best, Sophie.
Nominated for: Business College Officer
Liam from Longford is a second year Commerce student at the UCD Quinn School of Business. He is running for Business College Officer since he wants to represent his peers and colleagues while bringing about change to make the UCD Business School truly deserving of the title best in Ireland.
Liam's core values include integrity, creativity, professionalism and ambition. He enjoys current and foreign affairs in regard to business management, technology, political & corporate governance and leadership.
Míde Nic Fhionnlaoich
Nominated for: Law College Officer
I am a Stage 2 Law with Social Justice student from Connemara, Galway. I am currently Oifigeach na Gaeilge in the SU and have worked extensively on promoting the Irish Language on campus through organising events and working with other SU Officers and UCD staff and students on various projects.
On top of my experience in the SU I have spent 3 years working with SpunOut.ie, helping run national campaigns, deciding on how to overcome communication and outreach issues, and empowering the young people of Ireland with unbiased, factual information.
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Nominated for: Health Science College Officer
Nominated for: Science College Officer
Nominated for: Science College Officer
My name is Eoin and I am a Stage 2 Physics student here in UCD. I was born and raised in North Dublin (but don’t hold that against me!) although I did spend a few years living in Leitrim when I was younger. I’m a very hard worker, I put 110% into everything I do – and if I’ve anything left to give, I throw that in as well! I’d also say that I’m very passionate about the work I do and more importantly I like to get involved!
As well as work hard, I do of course enjoy taking some time off. I practise Taekwondo in my free time (which is a great way to keep active and great for mental health) as well as play videogames and of course hangout with my amazing friends! As I mentioned earlier – I love to get involved and I’ve really enjoyed getting involved during my time so far in UCD and now I feel I’m ready to take my involvement to the next level! I want to continue to use my drive and determination to work even harder to represent all the students of the College of Science next year!
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Nominated for: Irish Language Officer
My name is Eoghan Courtney, I’m a first year Science/Chemistry student from Co. Monaghan, and I’m running for the position of Irish Language Officer in the Students’ Union the next academic year. I went to an English speaking school but I was fortunate enough to have been able to go to Coláiste Lurgan in my 2nd year, and I’ve been coming back to work there every summer since. My experience with helping other young people improve their spoken Gaeilge and develop their grá for their language has only made me more keen to continue language activism in third level.
I also hope my previous work on topics such as mental health, environmental, and LGBT+ issues can add something to our Union. As a whole, my aim is to create and nurture an environment where anyone can use their cúpla focal without being afraid or ashamed doing so.
Eoghan Ó Curnáin is ainm dom, is mac léinn eolaíochta/ceimice sa chéad bhliain mé as Co. Mhuineacháin, agus tá mé ag ritheacht le haghaidh Oifigeach na Gaeilge san Aontas an bhliain acadúil seo chugainn. D’freastail mé ar scoil Bhéarla ach bhí an t-ádh liom go raibh mé in ann dul go Coláiste Lurgan sa dara bhliain, agus bíonn mé ag teacht ar ais chuile samhradh ó shin. Tá taithí agam ag obair le daoine óga eile chun feabhas a chur ar a gcuid Gaeilge labhartha agus a ngrá dá dteanga a fhorbairt – mar gheall ar sin níl ach fonn orm leanúint ar aghaidh le gníomhaíocht teanga sa tríú leibhéal.
Tá súil agam go gcabróidh mo chuid obair roimhe seo ar mheabharsláinte, an timpeallacht, agus fadhbanna LADT+ leis an aontas chomh maith. Tríd is tríd, is í an aidhm atá agam ná timpeallacht a chruthú is a thógáil ina bhfuil gach duine in ann a gcuid cúpla focal a úsáid gan eagla nó náire a bheith orthu.
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