Candidate for the position of NUS Delegate

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Freddie Petersen

I'm Freddie, and I'm ready! to vote on some important stuff

Hi, I’m Freddie (he/they). I’m a third-year psychology and sociology student, and I’m running for NUS delegate. Since I started studying at the university, I have been involved in a lot of different groups, focusing on improving the conditions for students and staff at the university; I started the Student Action for Refugees society two years ago, and focused a lot of my time on the University of Sanctuary working group, with which we had a huge win, when we managed to get the university to create scholarships for refugees starting this year.

I also recently started Stirling Trans Collective, a small, community-based group of and for trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people in Stirling. We aim to create a safe space for trans, enby and gnc people, and are planning open events for educating and rallying for our rights.

This year, I want to focus on students’ and staff’s working and learning conditions. We are being punished for an economic crisis that we did not cause, and students and staff alike are suffering. We need support, we need better learning conditions, mental health services, accommodation without predatory landlords (and mold, damp, extortionate rent hikes, the list goes on). Students are treated as customers, many coming to the university, and paying copious amounts of tuition fees, and never get to finish their degrees, because of lack of financial, mental health and academic support.  Lecturers and staff need better working conditions; no more precarious contracts, awful pensions, real-time pay cuts, etc. We all deserve to live a life in dignity, safety and comfort. And that is not the reality of many of our peers today.

I don’t know what is going to be on the agendas of the conferences, the delegates will be attending, or what motions will be voted on. But I hope to be there, so I can help push the NUS further in the direction, of the change we need. The NUS need to represent all students across Scotland, and we need to demand more.