2022 SU election results announced

Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union/Sophie Pecqueux

The Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union today announced its 2022 election results at the first in-person ceremony in two years.

The four winners will take over as SU presidents for the upcoming 2022/23 academic year.

There were 10 candidates this year, down nearly half from the 19 who ran last year.

The elections used a single transferable vote system, allowing students to rank candidates in order of preference, including the option to reopen nominations.

Candidates were announced on 24 February and given five days to campaign before voting started on 28 February—a shorter period than last year’s 11-day window.

Turnout for University of Exeter students was 16%, more than double the 7.5% figure for Falmouth University voters. A total of 1,069 students voted, down 30% from last year’s 1,535.

Luke Court was elected president Falmouth, beating competitor Alice Warren by 75 votes.

He told the Anchor: “I want to say thank you to everyone who voted—I’m so grateful for your support. Thank you to my campaign team that did an amazing job helping me win this election. Thank you to Alice Warren. She ran an amazing campaign, and it was great fun running against her. I can’t wait to start working alongside the other SU presidents, with all the SU staff, and with Falmouth students. Thank you for counting on Court.”

Georgi Roberts was elected president Exeter, with a final lead of 147 votes over her closest competitor, Roman Rodriguez.

She said: “What a crazy week! The other candidates ran such amazing campaigns I honestly thought the election could have gone any of the three ways. I’m so excited to put my manifesto into action and work with the amazing people at the SU—especially all the other president-elects. My campaign team was wonderful, and I feel very lucky to have people who believed in me. I also need to thank all the societies and student groups who endorsed me, the SU for putting on such an amazing campaign week, and finally you, the voters, and my supporters—I won’t let you down. Roll on June!”

Lauren Taylor was elected president student experience, beating competitor Thomas James by 152 votes.

She said: “Honestly, I don’t even know where to start. I’m so grateful that students have put their trust in me and elected me to be their 22/23 president student experience. It is a position I have admired and aspired to during my studies, and I am so excited that I will be able to put my own personal stamp on this role and work on student-led change. I know I have big shoes to fill from the predecessors of this role, but I hope that I will do them, and all students, proud. I’m so excited to get started in June—I just need to write my dissertation first!”

Kira Orchard was elected president welfare & inclusivity by a wide margin, receiving 544 (73%) of 747 votes and beating her closest competitor, Bryon Crowhurst, by 439.

She said: “I am so grateful to have been voted in as the next president of welfare and inclusivity! I cannot wait to get started on continuing the amazing work Charlotte [Agnew] has done and making sure my manifesto is followed through. Thank you to my amazingly supportive friends and campaign team—I could not have done it without you! The SU staff have been so supportive as well, and I’m so excited to have them as colleagues. Even though campaigning is over, I still want to hear from students. I’m always open to a friendly chat, and I would love to hear how you want your SU to improve. Let’s make our SU bloom!”

The SU congratulated the winners, adding: “We can’t wait to see what you’ll do and what student-led change you’ll make next academic year.”

Further statistics from the elections can be found on the SU website.