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Results:
Date count run30 Oct 2020
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running9
Available position1
Total ballots194
Valid votes194
Invalid votes0

Count

Round Zydon Patel Jingsong Zhou Ioanina (Ina) Stefanescu Espen Bergqvist Jiguang Yu Fred Wieser Stirling Forbes Carl Haeggkvist RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 23.00 12.00 39.00 43.00 20.00 24.00 12.00 20.00 1.00 0.00 0.00 97.00
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 97.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
2 23.00 12.00 39.00 43.00 20.00 24.00 12.00 21.00 0.00 0.00 97.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating RON (Re-Open Nominations). Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 97.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
3 26.00 12.00 42.00 43.00 20.00 27.00 23.00 1.00 0.00 96.50
All losing candidates are eliminated. Candidates Jingsong Zhou and Stirling Forbes were tied when choosing candidates to eliminate. Candidate Stirling Forbes was chosen by breaking the tie randomly. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Stirling Forbes. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 96.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
4 26.00 42.00 44.00 21.00 27.00 23.00 11.00 0.00 91.50
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Jingsong Zhou. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 91.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
5 27.00 44.00 46.00 27.00 25.00 25.00 0.00 84.50
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Jiguang Yu. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 84.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
6 27.00 49.00 54.00 31.00 33.00 0.00 80.50
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Carl Haeggkvist. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 80.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
7 57.00 55.00 38.00 44.00 0.00 75.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Zydon Patel. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 75.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
8 68.00 68.00 58.00 0.00 68.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Fred Wieser. Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 68.00. Candidates Ioanina (Ina) Stefanescu and Espen Bergqvist were tied when choosing a candidate over threshold to eliminate. Candidate Ioanina (Ina) Stefanescu was chosen by breaking the tie at round 1. Candidate Espen Bergqvist has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winner is Espen Bergqvist.

Position information: 
Number of vacancies: 1

Candidates

Carl Haeggkvist
For the past 5 years, I have been a class prefect, student union representative, youth spokesperson in the municipal EU-commission all through the 6th form. Furthermore, I have presented policies to the Swedish parliament and have given informative speeches about education to the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

While this has strengthened my decision-making and sharpened my cross-cultural communication skills, it has also given a sense of responsibility, fed my desire to help others, and I can feel a better connection to my peers and the staff. This is something that became very clear to me when I underwent an intensive STEM leadership program at the New York Academy of Sciences.

This year, more than ever, it is crucial that someone can assimilate and accumulate ideas and opinions from our students to represent and help the department and SSCC. After analysing the Student Experience Surveys, I have found a decrease in student satisfaction within the MAPS faculty in introductory information and communication from their department, justifiable marking and feedback, and student engagement from the staff. These three points are critical for the overall experience of students, which is why I aim to resolve these issues as your Faculty Rep.
Fred Wieser
Hi, I am a 3rd Year Theoretical Physics student who is Brazilian-Austrian and has lived half my life in Nigeria and the other in England, where for 4 years I was a Maths and Physics tutor. My goal in the future is to enter academia and possibly teach one day. I believe that education is very individual and works when we try new things and form lines of communication between students and staff.

My goals are...

1) To maintain contact with staff to inform them of which new learning methods are working this year and how to improve on others.

2) Push MAPS to incorporate more detailed and constructive criticism on submitted work, to help them become better.

3) Push for the careers development section to have more relevant information and guidance for those looking for internships in research, corporate, and any other field.

4) Create a suggestion/query box URL where students can post ideas/problems they are having which I can then relay in meetings and conversations
Zydon Patel
Hi! My name is Zydon and I am a 2nd year Science and Technology Studies student. Over the year I was a course rep working with my lead departmental rep and the department itself, I have realised that not all parts of our faculty are recognised and represented equally.
As a faculty rep I want to ensure that this divide is not deepened in such an unprecedented year but instead we bring our faculty together. As I am in my second year and am part of one of MAPS’ smaller departments, I will be able to dedicate more hours than any other candidate for this role to ensure satisfaction with your student leadership and your faculty are at all-time highs.
I am committed to ensuring that no one will fall behind during such unparalleled times and therefore one of my top priorities will be ensuring all departments have measures in place to ensure all their students, studying virtually or on campus, have increased points of contact to ensure their academic and personal lives do not suffer
Three of the other major issues I noticed from our faculty’s NSS Survey carried out last year are:
1. Marking Feedback and Assessment Rubrics
2. The lack of community in our departments and the faculty as a whole
3. Lack of student interests in your Student Union Representatives
If you want to read my full manifesto which explains how I intend to make changes for each issue, please click this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1690ghWoEAPvP09P1z5G0R6Io90VhooOUKAtA5bzE434/edit?usp=sharing

Espen Bergqvist
I am Espen Bergqvist and I’m a third year theoretical physics student. Throughout the 19/20 Academic year, I served as an academic rep and lead discussions about unfair grading, teaching methods and examination methods during the pandemic. I spent hours talking to students and was honoured when my work was recognised by my nomination for “rep of the year”.

Currently I’m taking part in a UCL ChangeMakers project to provide support to students with learning disabilities. Additionally I’m serving as the Senior Transition mentor for my department to help the incoming students adapt to university life.

Being a long-time immigrant from parents of different nationalities, my life has always been culturally ambiguous; because of my upbringing, I value cultural diversity and will push for more inclusion of it in curriculums and social events within our departments.

However, I believe that the largest problem facing our faculty and university is the uncertain quality of teaching, inconsistent information, confusing online resources which are difficult to navigate and lack of field specific career opportunities.

As your Faculty rep I would:

• Give students greater input into their teaching
• Improve the infrastructure for undergraduate research opportunities
• Create an inclusive environment regardless of background
Jiguang Yu
Hi, my name is Jiguang Yu. I’m a student in UCL MAPS Faculty. And I have extensive experience as a Course Representative. I was a foundation Course Representative at the University of Warwick last year, and I studied at Peking University and Xiamen University before coming to the UK.
Due to the COVID-19, 2020 is very special. DO you adapt to university life?Do you adapt to online teaching? Don't worry! If I become a Course Representative, I will accomplish these following goals.

1. My priority is to improve Online teaching.
Online Teaching makes many students feel uncomfortable. I hope to establish a “Deadline Reminder” system in Moodle. We have lots of deadlines for coursework, presentations and quiz. And I will recommend our teacher upload homework for 4 weeks in advance. So that we can allot an appropriate amount of time to complete each task.

2. More opportunities in research projects and career-internships provided in our Faculty.
Most of us will apply for Master program or find a job after graduating. It is well known that research projects and internship will make us more competitive. I think we should have more opportunities to participate in roles corresponding to our skills and knowledge.

As a rep, I'll keep listening to your opinions and suggestions. You can contact me using the mail below. I will reply to you within 24 hours. Email: [email protected]

I am looking forward to taking our MAPS faculty one step beyond, which is why YOU vote matters!
Stirling Forbes
I will defend the student academic experience from being compromised due to Covid-19, and push to help our faculty deliver the value you have paid for in tuition fees. My name is Stirling Forbes, and I am a second-year undergraduate in the History and Philosophy of Science BSc.

Last year, I was proud to represent my course as an academic rep and make some meaningful changes, but this year, in these troubled times, I want to promote wherever possible and whenever practical the student experience for the entire MAPS faculty. This would include increasing the live face-to-face online teaching time, a key factor in maintaining the high level of teaching standards that UCL and the MAPS faculty is known for, as well as making sure that the independent work and the deadlines required for this entirely online term does not require an unreasonable workload.

I will work hard on your behalf to achieve this, and I bring a track-record of working positively and successfully with academic leaders both at UCL and prior to university. My approach is to find solutions in a collaborative and constructive way. I strongly believe this current situation requires innovation, not dogma, persuasion, not conflict, and most importantly communication, not confusion.

I am proud of this faculty and its reputation, and I will effectively represent your interests to the Education Zone. Your vote for me will help defend your student academic experience at UCL.
Ioanina (Ina) Stefanescu
Hello everyone! Let’s face it: this year has been difficult for everyone and it has been quite hard to keep motivated. The MAPS department and our module organisers have been trying their best, but I think there is a lot of room for improvement. My name is Ina and I am running as faculty rep, to make sure that MAPS students can make the most of this upcoming year. I am a second-year Natural Sciences student so I have had the opportunity to explore several science departments of our faculty and as a representative for MAPS, I would like to work closely with staff to ensure high-quality learning material (recordings, lecture notes, etc), to maintain a high level of engagement, even online, while taking into account student feedback. Feedback is more important this year than ever before because everyone is trying to find the next best alternative, so my mission would be to make sure that any issue and concern is directed to the staff and that together, with the students, we can find viable solutions. Moreover, as the main focus of my activity, I want to create a MAPS-only newsletter, with internship and career opportunities, since students reported to have found it quite hard to navigate the overflow of announcements sent by the SU and not only. By collaborating with our course organisers, we could create specific science-focused opportunities, so that UCL students feel supported by the university and they can easily find a position that interests them.
Jingsong Zhou
Hello everyone! This is Jingsong. I hope I could help our community in the coming year!

I believe I could be a good fit for this job! I am familiar with the rep work. During my 2 years of study in UCL, including one year for my foundation degree, I witnessed how it goes. I have been a student rep in our department for more than 1 year now! Therefore, I can handle the work confidently and provide the help you may need!

Also, I want to listen to your advice and will be there to help if anyone demands. I believe my duty is to make people's lives better in our faculty! I truly care about the inclusion of our community and I hope I could get the chance to represent our faculty.

Please drop me a message if you want to hear more from me and I would be happy to discuss it with you. At last, please keep safe at this uncertain moment and have a good day!

Best!
Jingsong