Campaigning is underway for RUMS Officer Elections and voting opens very soon! Many of you might be asking yourself why this matters to you – it is true that RUMS has often been seen as an organisation that focuses most on its sports teams, its societies and its events. Indeed, these facets of RUMS are hugely important and take up a lot of time.
However, what often goes under the radar is the fantastic work RUMS does in representing you to the leadership of UCLMS. The RUMS Officer is a crucial part of this. By providing oversight of the RUMS Officer provide oversight of the Education Vice Presidents (who co-ordinate all your student reps and chair various meetings with the medical school) and by regular meetings with the Director of UCLMS, the RUMS Officer is able to effect real change on medical school policy. Changes made in the last 6 months include a specified release time for exam results, an update to attendance policy and retraction of pink slips for a large proportion of year 5, the introduction of year 1 staff/student mixers and a more open approach to medical school communication.
The two candidates that are standing for RUMS Officer this year are both fantastic and have a wealth of experience working for students at UCLMS. Both their manifestos are available below and voting will open on Thursday 25th February.
1. Rebecca Clarke
RUMS is a unique, powerful and influential body that needs protecting. It provides the platform for students to guide their learning and have a say about the future of their profession. It is also a hub of extra-curricular activity that allows us to get a well-rounded university experience. If I were elected as RUMS Officer, I would make it my mission to ensure the medical school listens to and acts upon student feedback. I also think it is important for people to know where to turn when they need help and thus I would aim to promote the various support services established for RUMS students. Another key activity would be to continue to be the voice of RUMS students against the proposed junior doctor contract. I would also like to encourage more students to get involved in the sports and societies offered within RUMS, helping the smaller societies to boost involvement and making RUMS central to university life for all. Having been RUMS Welfare VP and president of RUMS Women’s Football, I have been fully immersed in RUMS and leadership roles within it; I believe I thoroughly understand what needs to be done to help RUMS reach its full potential.
2. Raj Pradhan
This is a critical period for RUMS. Threats of funding cuts and a merger with UCLU continually loom, while national-scale medical student activity against contract changes perseveres. Now more than ever, RUMS needs to be an active and potent force. If elected, I will ensure that RUMS continues to be involved in the movement against the imposed junior doctor contract changes. I will also fight any UCLU imposed cuts, including to travel reclaim: our sports teams are a source of pride and should be protected. That said, I am a strong believer that RUMS is about a lot more than just sports. By enabling newer RUMS societies to establish themselves as members of the RUMS community, and improving provision and awareness of welfare services, we can make RUMS more relevant to more students, and by building on our relationship with the medical school we can continue to improve teaching. Finally, the RUMS committee will be made more transparent and accountable. As RUMS treasurer and an active member of the RUMS community through both sports and societies, I have a thorough understanding of what needs to be done and how to do it. Vote Raj!