Jenny Ward George
jenny ward george for President (pG)
PHEW! Pandemic, Housing, Economics, Welfare.
Candidate Profile Questions
1. If you could change one thing about Cambridge what would it be?
The university lacks resources for students who have been victims of domestic abuse. In the UK, almost one in three women aged 16-59 will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, and it is underreported amongst other demographics. Throughout Covid-19, rates of domestic abuse have also risen. As a university, we need to do more for the students who are victims and survivors.
2. Why are you running for this role?
I am passionate and proactive about ensuring student welfare. I believe that Covid-19 has made student challenges more acute than ever. I want to stand up for student rights and help improve provisions in the wake of the pandemic, from student welfare to affordable housing and financial assistance.
3. What should the SU’s long-term priorities be?
The SU is the primary body for the representation of students. I firmly believe its role should always be to understand, reflect and lobby for the wants and needs of students. The long-term priorities, therefore, should be to develop more ways to accurately represent the student body as an apolitical agent, undertaking realistic and credible ways to enact change.
4. What experience would you bring to the role?
I am currently Peterhouse MCR president and a member of Peterhouse Covid-19 Recovery Group. I have also held numerous other committee and student representative roles through my time at university. This year, I was selected as a delegate at the UN Migration Youth Forum on Migration and Development, and as a delegate at the XIII Global Forum on Migration and Development. Further, I am Co-Chair of the Sustainable Shelter Group and was previously the Design Fellow for the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. I have had substantial experience through these roles in overseeing large projects, financial management, developing partnerships, and campaigning for change.
5. How would you engage with students as their representative?
Engagement next year will be dependent on Covid-19 restrictions. However, I would like to host both formal and informal events for discussion between MCRs and the SU. Regular College forums are a positive way to understand graduate needs. Student interaction with the SU could be increased by hosting open discussions linked to social events.
6. How do you think student life will change after the pandemic?
The pandemic has had both positive and negative effects which will carry on after its conclusion. Student mental health has suffered significantly, and this will need addressing. Students have also missed out on the full Cambridge experience, particularly those completing just master’s degrees, so alumni outreach will need to increase. On the other hand, the pandemic has also raised awareness of options for students to work from home, particularly those with families or disabilities.
7. Which well-known person inspires you the most?
Maya Angelou – famously the author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, first female inaugural poet, civil rights activist, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
8. What’s your favourite memory of being a student?
My favourite memory is my first SuperHall at Peterhouse, where I met many of my Cambridge friends. I went with my housemates and we dressed up as Batman, the Joker, and Harley Quinn. It was a great event filled with drinking, dancing, and debating late into the night.
9. What’s your favourite place in Cambridge?
My favourite place in Cambridge is the Peterhouse MCR. In usual times, it is where you will most often find me – chatting to friends, planning events, drinking coffee, and writing papers. (I was even in a band in my first year named after the wallpaper!)
10. Tell us two truths and a lie about yourself.
I have six siblings.
I can land a double loop jump in figure skating.
I used to be a choral scholar.