Joel Gascoyne has been elected as Swansea University Students’ Union Welfare Officer for the academic year of 2014/15.
The third year Criminology student won with 30% of the overall vote, beating runner up Chuks Nwabugwu who took 28% of the vote. Verity Williams took 24% of the overall vote.
In his manifesto, Mr Gascoyne promises to introduce a landlord accreditation scheme to encourage students to lease houses from accredited landlords and challenge attempts to increase rent accommodation.
He also plans to lobby the Council and University to install lighting in Singleton Park and make sure the University maintain social spaces, shops and amenities for students during the Student Village sell-off.
At the announcement of his victory, Mr Gascoyne said: “I have no idea how I’m feeling, but my heart’s still racing. I’m happy and can’t wait to get started.”
Mr Gascoyne’s campaign focused on changing the way Welfare is perceived, with the slogan ‘Give Welfare Teeth’.
He said: “I think my campaign was really successful. However, in hindsight the teeth were a bit weird.”
When asked what he would tackle first of his manifesto, Mr Gascoyne said: “It would be my housing charter. It’s one thing that most students can agree on, so that will be my first priority.”
Welfare candidate Dharani Vijaykumar said: “It’s nice to be running against some amazing candidates. They made it enjoyable because they were so lovely.”
“Good luck to him. I’m sure he’ll make the most of it and enjoy.”