De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU)’s Officer Team have pledged to continue representing students at De Montfort University (DMU) while we thoroughly review our Constitution and democratic processes.
A group of all-new ‘Student Champions’ will support the team in working to make DMU the best place it can be for everyone.
Mollie Footitt, Derrick Mensah, and Jessica Okwuonu – all voted in by DMU students in 2017 – will continue in their respective roles before fresh Elections are held at a time and date still to be confirmed.
The move to keep the three former DMU students in their posts was taken with guidance from the National Union of Students (NUS).
Jessica Okwuonu, Vice President (VP) Welfare and Community at DSU, said: “I am pleased to be able to stay on as part of the Officer Team to continue to represent students at DMU both on and off of campus.
“As before, I am going to give support and a voice to our liberation groups and continue to promote equality and diversity amongst our student members.
“Given the current circumstances, I want to make sure that I am a leader that listens.
“Let’s keep on celebrating what makes us different; let’s keep on winning for students; and let’s continue to work together to make DMU a safe place for everyone.”
DSU is currently undertaking a full review of our Constitution and democratic processes.
Derrick Mensah, VP Student Activities at DSU, explained: “Obviously, these are unprecedented circumstances, and I am deeply saddened by this outcome and for the officers that were elected in March, but I am happy and thankful to be given the opportunity to continue working for students at DMU.
“It’s been a great learning year, and in particular I want to thank both the Activities team for their work this year, and the students themselves for giving me the assurance that they want me to continue this important work.”
Mollie Footitt, Deputy President (DP) Education at DSU, said: “Students should rest assured that the students’ union is still working to represent our members’ academic interests, whether that be through our campaigns and services or through lobbying the university.
“I’m more than ready to continue working for students at DMU.”
The three-strong team will be assisted by 13 all-new Student Champions, recruited from all four of DMU’s faculties.
DSU’s Student Champions will help by representing students at disciplinary meetings, going out and talking to our more than 27,000 members and completing other tasks to amplify the student voice at DMU.
During this period, we have committed to a full review of our Constitution and democratic processes and will communicate with our members the outcome of this – and the dates of fresh Elections – as soon as possible.
Jess, Derrick and Mollie networked with other student representatives and staff members at NUS' flagship conference in Birmingham last week.