The Students' Union is here to help you campaign about issues that matter to you and bring about change to improve your experience at university. Use these pages to stay up-to-date on current campaigns and find resources to help you plan your own.…
Christina Zaba - "Inspirational Bristol"
Christina Zaba first campaigned in Bristol to oppose the takeover of the Bristol Evening Post by tabloid owner Paul Sullivan in 1990 - a battle she and her fellow activists won. She then became a press and TV journalist, film-maker and publicist. Since 2005 she has been national union liaison officer in the NO2ID campaign
- hailed by Damian Green MP in 2010 as 'one of the most successful pressure groups in history'. Christina now teaches campaigning for Truth2Power
, and supports creativity, sustainability and positive social change as Founder Director of @quaysidemedia
, based at Spike Island in Bristol. She is currently raising awareness of the forthcoming elected mayor referendum
and Bristol-wide vote on 3 May. Follow her on Twitter at @christinazaba
Claire Milne - "Inspirational Bristol"
Claire is best known locally for spearheading the No Tesco in Stokes Croft campaign and more recently initiating Bristol's first people's supermarket. Claire has been campaigning for over 15 years, starting at People and Planet at university and then in various paid roles for NGOs, including Campaigns and Parliamentary Officer at the World Development Movement and Food Poverty Project Coordinator at Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming. When Claire moved to Bristol she shifted her focus to supporting the creation of positive solutions, including helping found Transition Bristol and the Bristol Food Network and for Bristol City Council as their Sustainable Food Coordinator. Claire is currently focusing her energies on empowering others to develop their authentic leadership skills to take positive action in the world.
Gus Hoyt - "Inspirational Bristol"
Gus attended his first march on Downing Street aged 6, since then he hascontinued to campaign and use the democratic tool of direct action ever since: ranging from protests against the war in Iraq to UkUncut actions against tax-dodgers.
Recently elected Green Party councillor for Ashley ward by a landslide he is continuing to campaign for social and environmental justice. A keen activist in the No Tesco movement Gus said "reversing the march of the supermarkets is not just a campaign, but our duty to future generations".
Graham Gaskell - "Occupations - the good, the bad and the ugly"
Graham is the Chief Executive at Goldsmiths Students' Union. He has a huge amount of experience within the student movement, developed further during his time working for the National Union of Students. Graham has been witness to a number of occupations during this time and through his acclaimed workshop he will encourage participants to think further about this tactic; it's potential, its public perception and impact.
Humberto Perez-Blanco - "Inspirational Bristol"
Humberto Pérez-Blanco teaches film at the University of the West of England. His research interest focuses on the political uses of cinema, both commercial and non-commercial, particularly in relation to documentary and video activism. Over the years he has been involved in the public screening of films as a means to engage the general public in political discussion and activism. He is one of the co-organizers of the Bristol Radical Film Festival.
James Haywood - "Occupations - the good, the bad and the ugly"
James is the President at Goldsmiths Students' Union. James has been an important activist within the student movement in recent years with experience both at Goldsmiths and on the NUS national executive committee. James has been involved in a range of campaigns in recent years and was a member of successful occupation of Goldsmiths in 2009, where scholarships for students from Palestine's al-Quds university were created.
Kieran Nicholl - "Inspirational Bristol"
Since standing on his first picket line whilst still at infant school, Kieran has been involved in a wide variety of campaigns, including: the Calais No Border Camp, G20 mobilisations, Uk Uncut actions and tuition fee protests. Over the past two years most of his energy has gone into anticuts campaigning across the south west with the Bristol Anarchist Federation and the Bristol anti-cuts alliance.
Sian Norris - "Inspirational Bristol"
Sian is one of the co-ordinators of the Bristol Feminist Network and has been involved in running it since 2007. A writer and feminist activist, she has a successful blog, www.sianandcrookedrib.blogspot.com and recently published two books.
She writes for a range of feminist websites including The F Word and the Guardian. She was a crucial organiser of Bristol's three recent Reclaim the Night marches. She also took part in the Where are the Women event at the Watershed in 2011, has spoken about activism at a range
of gender studies conferences, and has organised a range of awareness-raising events on violence against women and girls.