Oli Ratcliffe – new RUSU President

Everyone in the English department would like to say a huge congratulations to Oli Ratcliffe, 3rd year English Lit and Politics student, who was voted in last week to be next year’s Reading University Student Union President.

Oli Ratcliffe


Oli, who will be well known to many in the department, ran a great campaign and popped up in various lectures last week. This is what he has to say: “First of all, thank-you to those who voted for me! It was a tough week with ups and downs, but it was all worth it in the end! From saying ‘have a lolly and vote for Oli’ to lecture shout-outs and late night campaigning; it was a week I will always remember, and I highly recommend running for a role next year!
“Over my three years here, I’ve got to know the lecturers in the English department well, so I know how much time they give up for their students and I look forward to being in close contact with them for another year. I plan to introduce a broader range of careers at careers fairs, as I know from experience that the current careers fairs are quite biased towards business-based subjects.  I also plan to have campus-wide debates with guest speakers, and improve the ‘rate your landlord’ website to make sure landlords are held to account. You can check out my full manifesto here: https://www.rusu.co.uk/elections/manifesto/4129/”
“I know the experiences of an English student here first-hand, so rest-assured you’ll be in safe hands with me as your Union President!
Thanks again guys!”

Best of luck to Oli when he takes up the post in July.

About Cindy

Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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