Elaine Alagarajoo

Secretary Candidate

IBM Year 2

My Manifesto

Hi, I’m Elaine and I’m running for the secretary position in HWUMSA. I’m currently in Y2 studying International Business Management.  


While joining an organisation as large as this might be new to me, but the skills required to undertake this role are not. Most recently, I served as secretary for our university’s Virtual Valentine Project. Besides that, I have also taken part in administrative work in my church throughout my teenage years. These experiences have enhanced my teamwork, organisation, communication, and people management skills, leading me to believe that I am an ideal candidate as such skills can be applied in managing meetings and liaising with members of the community to ensure everything runs smoothly.


Should I be elected, I will take on a proactive role in supporting and enriching the community as well as advising the president and VPs on matters that may be of concern, acting as a bridge between the student association and students. The significance of HWUMSA is apparent to us as students which is why these aims will have a positive impact on you as it will ensure that all student opinions are heard regardless of identity and background to create the best possible university experience. 


Thank you for taking the time to read my manifesto. If you have any questions or queries, feel free to reach me at ea100@hw.ac.uk.

What motivated me to nominate myself?

Being a part of the Virtual Valentine’s Day Project committee felt rewarding as I could see the direct impact of my actions and contributions. Hence, I felt incentivised to apply for this role. Besides the administrative work, what appealed to me and encouraged me to nominate myself was the fact that I would be a person who people could seek for help. On the other hand, being part of the January 2020 intake batch, I was at a disadvantage when it came to meeting new people and feeling like a part of HWUM. With online learning, there was only so much one could do amidst the uncertainty. Thus, I also applied for this position in the hopes of meeting new people and integrating myself into our HWUM community where I can actively contribute and make a difference. 

My top three priorities

Among the things that I would prioritise would be social engagement. I would ensure that students feel comfortable to approach me on any matter that they would like me to act as an advocate about or voice out. The second thing that I would prioritise is maintaining neutrality and objectivity throughout all interactions to keep the peace and make certain that all opinions are heard and considered. Last but not least, I would focus on facilitating good communication between students and HWUMSA by holding monthly forums to allow a safe space for students to voice their concerns.

What would I bring to the role?

As university students, we have many commitments and roles to be responsible for. A role such as this requires careful balance and prioritisation. I would bring my ability to manage and balance my studies, personal life and responsibilities as a secretary. To my duties as secretary, I would bring my organisational skills and mediating skills that I have gained from my previous roles. In addition, my past experiences have helped me develop and exercise good communication and people skills which I will bring to this role too.