In the run up to the 2015 SUSU Elections, the Wessex Scene team have been interviewing the candidates running for Sabbatical positions. Here, I interview Kerry Sclater, hoping to win her place as VP DCI.
Why are you running for the position of DCI?
In my time at university, I’ve always been involved in SUSU, especially the media, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to take the initiative and put some of the things I want changed into place. I think with my experience I’d be a good person for the role.
How do you plan to challenge negative perceptions of SUSU democracy?
I think with democracy, you need to strip it right back because people have been trying to change it for a long time. So I’d start with launching a big survey into people’s opinions on it and why they think like that. I think I can approach it from a good perspective of the ‘normal’ student, so I’d start with the survey and launch an integrated media campaign into changing the way people look at democracy, making sure it’s more transparent and making sure people know how they can use it to make a change they want to see.
How do you plan to strengthen links with Winchester within the Creative Industries? I know that’s something the Union is focusing on at the moment especially.
I think the main thing is physical presence, so perhaps having a day once a fortnight where we could hire a minibus and take a representative from the media departments down so they can show what they’re doing. Also I think encouraging each committee to branch out into Winchester, like the Wessex Scene does with our imagery, so making sure everyone’s looking at how they can engage with Winchester a bit more.
How would you change the Creative Industries season? It developed a lot this year from the previous year, but how would you build on that?
I think an important thing would be be publicity and awareness, so making sure it has a strong presence from earlier on making sure people knew what was going on. Also, the chance for people to meet with employers, so maybe a Careers Fair. I know a lot of the most well received events this year were the ‘big name’ speakers, so making sure we can get relevant speakers giving good information.
How do you plan to support student groups with budgeting? What measures will you put in place?
First of all, I would put together packs, maybe in PDF or vlog format, which breaks down all the information really clearly. I’d also have training sessions with all of the Student Leaders to make sure they know what’s going on. Perhaps also making the Finance department share an Excel spreadsheet with them so they know exactly what to do and can keep up to date.