First Year History and English student Charlie Cox won a convincing victory as Mature Students Officer, defeating Phil Bagg with 81 votes to his 54, with perennial candidate RON getting eleven votes. Her victory is doubly impressive due to her relative inexperience, never having previously held a formal role. Nevertheless, her activity within Mature Students Association and her energetic campaign saw her triumph.
Cox ran on a platform of promising to formalise the structure of the Mature Student Association and give it a committee and representative system, as well as create links which aid pastoral care; she aims to set up links with societies so that mature students “feel less isolated”.
Cox described her mood as “ecstatic” after her victory. She looks forward to implementing her manifesto as soon as possible, placing special emphasis on increasing mature students participation within the University and Students Union and widening opportunities for them, though she foresees challenges with pushing some ideas through and raising the awareness of mature students in general who, in her view, “tend to isolate themselves from the main student body”. This is something she wants to end.