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New face tops Student Association

Published Friday, 14th June 2019 in Students Association (SRUCSA) news

Katie Dubarry, left, and Hayley Colbert
Katie Dubarry, left, and Hayley Colbert

A new face on the student politics scene and a long-serving representative are among the seven officers elected to Scotland’s Rural College’s Student Association (SRUCSA).

Hayley Colbert, who has just completed an HND in Animal Care at Elmwood, has gone straight into the top role of President in her first outing into student politics.

She will be supported by Katie Dubarry, who will serve as Vice President after previous roles as Campus Officer at the Edinburgh and Oatridge campuses, and as Student SRUC Board member.

Hayley said: “I’m looking forward to working as part of a team, helping to improve the student experience.

“My main focus will be on improving mental health, as well as equality and the environment.”

Katie, who will graduate with a degree in Agriculture from Edinburgh next month, said: “We have a really enthusiastic team who want to effect change for the student body. I would like to see how we can better serve students across all our campuses.”

Last year’s President and Vice President Stuart MacKenzie and Andy Robinson will serve as Campus Officers in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, together with Charlotte Mortimer who will continue to support students at SRUC’s Riverside campus in Ayr.

In a nod to Game of Thrones, Stuart said: “After my stint on the iron throne last year, I will now be heading back up north beyond the wall and leading the fight for the Northmen.”

However, he is also keen to continue the roll-out of the Safe Taxi scheme, which has been introduced for students in Aberdeen, and the Daily Mile initiative at Elmwood, to all campuses.

Andy said: “What I’m most looking forward to is building the class rep system and building campus councils, so students can say what events they want to happen on campus.”

Meanwhile, Stephanie Lade will become the new Sports and Activities Officer and Poppy Gough will become Women’s Officer.

By-elections for the positions of Elmwood, Barony and Oatridge Campus Officers and the new liberation roles of Black Students’ Officer, Disabled Students’ Officer and LGBT+ Officer will be held early in the new academic year.

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