Kelvin Holdsworth

Kelvin Holdsworth – a working Rector for the Students of the University of Glasgow http://www.kelvin-holdsworth.co.uk http://www.facebook.com/kelvin4glasgow Summary is listening to student concerns is able to represent those concerns at the highest level of the University is available to students has a campaigning background who knows how to get things done Promises If elected as Rector, […]

Kelvin Holdsworth – a working Rector for the Students of the University of Glasgow
http://www.kelvin-holdsworth.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/kelvin4glasgow

Summary

  • is listening to student concerns
  • is able to represent those concerns at the highest level of the University
  • is available to students
  • has a campaigning background who knows how to get things done

Promises

If elected as Rector, I will highlight the following issues which have already been raised with me by students:

  • The annual difficulties over registration are unacceptable, particularly for overseas students with visa and bank problems. MyCampus has to be fixed and working for everyone before Freshers’ Week.
  • Students need real responses to overcrowding particularly in relation to computer access and the limited number of laptop sockets in the University Library.
  • Central room booking has to be made more efficient – too many societies and lectures end up being double booked.
  • Work is needed to enable Chinese students to integrate well with the rest of the student body and enjoy their time in Glasgow.
  • Student security on and off campus needs to be built into the University’s development plans.
  • Freshers’ Week ensures students have free transport both to and from social events, working with the unions to resist student drift to off-campus clubs (who transport students there but don’t take them home) will ensure freshers’ safety.
  • Better solutions to level access are needed particularly for students who are manual wheelchair users getting up the hill to the University Library. Students have suggested a ‘salmon leap’ of lifts to me, connecting existing university buildings.
  • Following the Hetherington Occupation, mature students were promised a social place and although the Mature Students Association has valiantly attempted to accommodate these concerns, more designated space is needed.
  • Timetabling issues need to be raised with the University at the most senior levels to maintain the possibility of Wednesday afternoon sports and other societies’ events.

Specific skills & experience

As an experienced campaigner who has worked in universities, I would bring the following skills:

  • Persistence in representing the views of students
  • Local knowledge (I live within walking distance of the University of Glasgow)
  • Extensive experience of working with the media – newspapers, Scotland Tonight, Newsnight and social media would enable me to highlight student concerns and present a positive image of that work to the world outside the university.
  • Actual campaign experience on human rights and LGBT campaigns has taught me how to get things done. I’m proud of my part in the campaign for
  • Equal Marriage in Scotland and was the first person to bless a gay couple in the Memorial Chapel of the University of Glasgow

Work in two other universities has given me experience of

  • working with elected student sabbatical officers
  • working with welfare staff
  • ensuring that students are not forgotten when big decisions are taken.

Politically, I am a left-leaning liberal who is not currently aligned to any political party. Being an out gay man working in the church, I’ve developed a strong commitment to equality issues and human rights. Social media is my natural home and if elected, I will use online and digital means of communication with students as well as being a presence on campus. If elected, I would exercise the role of Rector as a working Rector, would make myself available to students and highlight their issues within the University. As part of my commitment to do that, I encourage students to raise further issues with me via the above CAMPAIGN LINKS.”

Kelvin Holdsworth – a working Rector for the Students of the University of Glasgow – is proudly supported by POLIS (affiliated to the QMU and the SRC).