Ribble Valley student takes top role at Birmingham University Guild of Students

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Ribble Valley student Mark Harrop has been elected President of the Guild of Students for Birmingham University.

For the first time in the history of the student union at Birmingham, candidates took part in a Presidential debate where they were put under the spotlight and brought to account on their manifesto, as part of the election process.

Mark, from The Woodlands, Brockhall Village, is a former pupil of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Blackburn, and will graduate this summer with a degree in European Politics and Economics. He ran his manifesto on saving students money in the Union bar, better library provisions, essay-printing discounts and better Union publicity.

In his presidential role Mark will represent more than 28,000 students and head up a £7m. company.

He commented: “I very much hope to welcome some students from my old school to Birmingham and show them round the University during my year as President.

“My confidence and who I am stems back to QEGS, where I learned to excel in what I was good at and also to speak out about issues on which I feel strongly.”