Laura Douds SU
Laura's Live Updates and Campaign News:
Tue 22 Jan 2019
You may have heard about the UCU – Universities and Colleges Union – ballot that’s going on at the moment. There’s been a bit of discussion about what it means and what will happen if the ballot succeeds, so we thought we’d break it down for you!
Tue 06 Nov 2018
I feel it’s really important to provide events which bring our diverse ARU community together. That’s why I'm running multiple events throughout LGBT+ History Month this February!
Mon 05 Nov 2018
Make some noise. This is your space to make ARU more representative, more accessible and more student-led. Find out more.
What are your top 3 tunes?
Meant To Be Yours - from Heathers: The Musical
Non-Stop - from Hamilton: An American Musical
AKA Broken Arrow - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
What are your priorities for your year in office?
I will continue the work that has been started on mental health through the Let's Be Honest campaign; there are some really great steps being made on this issue and it's so important we keep pushing it through! There are so many other things I want to look at, though: I know that rent and living costs are a massive issue for not only our students but for students all over the country, and if we can do some small part to fix that then I want to be involved! There's also the issue of our attainment gaps: BME students are far less likely to get a 'good degree' (a 2:1 or a First), statistically, and I want to try and see what we can do to fix that problem. This is all on top of the other issues we have here on campus, obviously! I'm definitely setting myself up for and prepared for a busy year.
Tell us one thing that not many people know about you?
I'm a massive over-sharer so I can't think of much! Maybe that I don't like pizza?
What is your ultimate ARU moment?
The Union was always my favourite thing - cheesy as that is! I think there's something really special about a group of people coming together because of something they have in common - and we're all students, we're all alike in that respect no matter how different we may be otherwise, and I just think that's a really nice thing. I love the societies, I love the volunteering service, and I adore that we have good representation systems!
Why did you stand to be an Officer?
I really enjoyed my year as VP FST last year and wanted to take a step up! I live for making things better for students; I remember students hugging me and thanking me after I achieved some of my campaign goals earlier this year and I just knew I had to stay longer and help more people however I possibly could. On bad days I remember the students who did the whole hugging me thing and it gives me a bit more enthusiasm to get me through the day! I just wasn't ready to go yet: I have so much more to give students and the Union.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation - it would make visiting home a lot easier! And just being able to like, snap my fingers and get out of awkward situations would be amazing, haha!