Lewys Arôn has been voted in as the new president elect of Swansea University Students’ Union.
He will take over the role on 1 July when Ceinwen Cloney steps down from her term of office.
The by-election was forced by the resignation of president elect Ajing Jipur earlier this month.
After the result was announced, Lewys said: “I’m delighted to have been elected. I can’t wait to start delivering on my manifesto commitments. Thanks to the other candidates for running clean campaigns and to my amazing team for their tireless work. Diolch.”
As well as Lewys, the candidates standing for election in this week’s vote were Deonte Jam, Harry Forrester, Jay Akpara, Joshua Guy, and Sophie Wiggins.
The election went to all seven stages until Lewys became a clear winner. The by-election made history by being the first ever to be run entirely online. 976 students voted overall, 804 of them being full-time undergraduates.
Scott Farmer, the union’s interim Chief Executive, said: “The students’ union welcomes Lewys into his new role and looks forward to working with him to ensure that his plans and the plans of the students he represents become successes.”
Welsh-speaking Lewys was previously part-time Welsh Affairs Officer and is also the Welsh editor of the Waterfront student newspaper.
In his manifesto Lewys wrote:
As someone who has worked for the students’ union for two years and been a part-time officer for two years I know how the union works, what it does well and what needs changing.
If elected I will:
- Introduce a full-time International officer
- Fully redesign the students’ union website + launch an app for booking tickets to events
- Ring-fenced liberation funding. Giving Liberation Societies and the liberation part-time officers more control!
- Fight for fairer fares – Inc concessions on Wednesdays for sports clubs and a free bus freshers’ week for anyone based at Bay Campus. Making sure you don’t miss out!
- FULLY support the #FreeThePeriod campaign. As a first step sell taxed sanitary products at cost price in Costcutter.
- Campaign to light up Singleton Park
- Temperature controlled union space (e.g The Hive)
- No minimum spend before using card to pay at union services.
Scott Farmer said: “Thank you ever so much to the all candidates in the election. We hope they got as much out of the process of running as possible and we very much hope they all stay in touch with the students’ union and remain involved as a current student or as an alumni.”