Lucien Waugh-Daly feels working in DCU’s Londis has given him a distinct outlook in his run for Vice President of Academic Affairs.
“I think I have a really unique perspective coming into this election. That is that for the past three years I have been a student here, I have been heavily involved in society life but I have also been working campus part-time for the past two years,” he said.
“In my role in Londis, I have interacted with thousands of DCU students in small but often meaningful ways. I feel that that is something I shouldn’t take for granted… I think its really given me an interesting outlook, on how students live within the DCU environment and how they could benefit from greater SU [students’ union] support,” he added.
“I’ve met so many people at their best and at their worst. I’ve really gotten a sense of the things that people find difficult, the things that people enjoy about college and I think that I have a great mass of experience that I’ve built up,” he continued.
Waugh-Daly said he wanted to stand up for needs of students academically as well as students workers who need to balance college with employment. “This is something the SU needs to focus on,” he said.
In his manifesto, he commits to subsidised work-skills workshops, which would provide students with barista training, bar skills, retail skills, etc. As well as a part-time job fair, which would be an annual opportunity for students to connect with potential employers.
“We would be able to match students with jobs so that more students would be able to work in jobs that they feel are actually not going to drain them or take away from their studies,” he said regarding the jobs fair.
He also aims to educate DCU students on the importance of trade unions by running a trade union information campaign, which would involve inviting major Irish unions to hold talks, events and workshops in DCU, on the benefits of trade unions.
He also feels the SU needs to promote itself as a union, as past SU members have remained quiet on issues, such as unpaid internships within DCU itself.
“It’s important that our SU is more proactively political. That we do not conform to the university management, it will always take the side of students.”
Image Credit: Lucien Waugh-Daly