Anisha Faruk has won the Student Union (SU) presidency at Oxford University, recently. Former co-chair of the Oxford University Labour Club and Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Student, Anisha bested her two fellow candidates, Ivy Manning, an independent candidate, and Ellie Milne-Brown, the candidate for the Aspire panel, at an event at the Weston Library.
According to an Oxford Student report, Ellie Milne-Brown was defeated in the second of the three rounds with 1022 votes, and Ivy Manning was eliminated in the following round with 1416 votes. Anisha was the highest vote scorer in both preferential rounds, with 1240 and 1529 votes, respectively.
Anisha, the daughter of retired Bangladesh Army major Faruk Ahmed, is a third year undergraduate history student at Queen’s College.
In an interview before the election, Anisha said, “I believe the Oxford University SU has the potential to do a lot more, to push for greater mental health provisions, to fight for post-graduates who haven’t been represented by the SU, despite forming half the student body, and to make Oxford accessible to all, regardless of their background.”
“Access does not end at matriculation. Through SU, we can bring students of diverse interests and aspirations together,” she added.
Oxford University Student Union aims to broaden access, facilitate mental health support on campus, and amplify student engagement under Anisha’s leadership, this year.