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
- 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
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).