Luke Pilot, President of Warwick Students’ Union (SU), was elected onto the National Union of Students (NUS) Welfare Zone Committee on 27 October.
Luke was elected during the Welfare Zone Conference, which took place in Stratford-upon-Avon. Before being elected as President for this academic year, Luke was the Welfare Officer at Warwick SU.
Zone Conferences are a key aspect of NUS’s policy development especially with the approach of the National Conference 2017 taking place in April next year.
Each “Zone” is based around a theme, with the aim that focusing on these themes allows the NUS to target certain issues more effectively.
Members of the Welfare Zone Committee are responsible for the development of policy which will guide the zone’s priorities in the coming year. They must also analyse the work of the Vice President Welfare, making sure that the zone tackles its priorities efficiently in the next year.
This is an exciting opportunity to take issues that affect students to a national level and I couldn’t be more excited to begin the fight to save the NHS, tackle the student housing crisis, get better mental health policy and fight all forms of discrimination.
Luke Pilot, Warwick SU President
Luke was nominated for his position by Kathryn Younger from Anglia Ruskin University SU.
In his statement on why he should be on the Committee, Luke highlighted his passion for mental health awareness, fighting discrimination and tackling the high cost of student accommodation.
In regards to accommodation, Luke stated: “I will strive for an accessible movement against this attack on our right to an education to keep education open for all.”
Luke announced his new position on the committee on Facebook. He said: “This is an exciting opportunity to take issues that affect students to a national level and I couldn’t be more excited to begin the fight to save the NHS, tackle the student housing crisis, get better mental health policy and fight all forms of discrimination.”
He also mentioned his excitement at working alongside Shelly Asquith, NUS Vice President Welfare, and other Sabbatical Officers from around the country.