A record number of students have voted for the team who will #LeadYourDSU next academic year.
4,942 DMU students – over 1,200 more than the previous record set in 2015 – voted in De Montfort Students’ Union’s annual elections to select five full-time executive officers and six part-time officers to represent every single student at De Montfort University.
President – Dan Winney
DP Education – Augustus Mbanasor
VP Media and Communications – Mike Mayes
VP Student Activities – Ahtesham Mahmood
VP Welfare and Community – Keira Rounsley
BME Students’ Representative – Halima Jama
Disabled Students’ Representative – Louise Cunliffe
International Students’ Representative – Vivian Nwagboso
LGBTQ+ Representative – Daniel Murgatroyd
Mature Students’ Representative – Aaron O’Rourke
Women’s Representative – Lauren Thomas
NUS Delegates – Emilia Alice Djiapouras, Keira Rounsley, Mollie Foottit and Ryan Tsang
Dan Winney, elected President for 2016/17 and outgoing VP Student Activities, said: “It feels amazing – it’s the best feeling ever.
“I am absolutely speechless right now and I cannot wait to start in my new role.
“It has been a really successful week all round for DSU with so many votes being cast and I am really proud to have campaigned with all of the other candidates.
“Going forward it is going to be a great team for DSU. We have a new building to come and it makes me excited for a fantastic year. We’re going to make it the best year in DSU’s history.”
Candidates, their campaign teams and voters alike packed out The Lobby in the Campus Centre to see the results announced live. The event was also live streamed by student-led media group Demon TV and on Demon FM.
Lauren Thomas, newly elected Women’s Representative, said: “It’s an amazing feeling. I was so nervous and I didn’t expect it [the announcement] to be such a long [and close] process.
“It was the most stressful week of my life; I had so many hand ins, Varsity and campaigning and I would not and could not have got through it without the support of the other candidates.”
Adam Redfern, outgoing VP Media and Communications, was particularly pleased with the high turnout.
He said: "Job done! It was the aim before the elections to get as many people voting as possible and it has been a success.
"I am so glad that we [the outgoing exec] have had such an impact with the student population. The new team are a good diverse group of students which mirrors the values we hold at DMU.
"I could not be prouder of everyone involved in the elections."
You can watch the results show in full on Demon TV's YouTube channel here. See a gallery of pictures and reactions from the day on our Facebook here.