Ceinwen Cloney has been elected as President of Swansea University’s Students’ Union for the next academic year.
Beating the only other candidate Aron McGill with 55% of the vote compared to his 22%, Ceinwen told The Waterfront: “It’s been a really long week!”
She said: “I’m going to go for coffee with Aron, and with his permission I’d like to implement some of his ideas into my manifesto.”
Exit polls throughout the week showed Ceinwen to be the favourite, with a 52% majority.
Ceinwen’s campaign promises to “Review, Revive, and Restore” Swansea’s Students’ Union.
Her manifesto also aims to move the union to a more central building on campus, ensure all union volunteers (including in societies) gain HEAR accreditation, and to increase union funding.
She believes her experience as Societies and Services Officer this academic year has prepared her for the role.
Aron McGill, who hoped his manifesto’s promise of a review of the student’s union, and focus on providing “information on sexual health, sex-based crimes and sexual fluidity” would win him the presidency, spoke to The Waterfront after the results were announced.
He said: “I want to say good luck to Ceinwen, she’s got a lot of work ahead of her.”
In the poll, 23% of students voted to re-open nominations.
But Ceinwen’s chocolate-themed campaign ensured her sweet success for the second year running. She is the first female president of Swansea University Students’ Union for a decade.