Meet Emily, your new Student Union President

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Say hello to Emily - your new Student Union President for 2020/21. The new Full Time Officers started thisweek, and we caught up with Emily to find out a bit more about her, and why she wanted to be your President...

Quick Info

Name: Emily Lucy King

Position: El Presidente 

Course Studied: MA Economics (Hons)

Fun Fact about yourself: I am half Jamaican

Want to say Hi?

Hi I'm Emily, and I'll be your Student President this year. I can't wait to get started as it seems so long ago that I was elected. Hopefully I'll get to meet you all soon, but in the mean time keep safe and feel free to drop me an email at

Have you been involved in the Student Union before being elected as President?

I have worked as a Receptionist at the Union for the last couple of years - you might recognise me if you've topped up your bus pass! I was also a delegate at the NUS Scotland Conference earlier this year, and I was the Vice President of the Heriot-Watt Business Management Society.

Why did you decide to stand to be Student Union President?

From working in the Union and being involved in societies, I realised the great impact that the Union can have on the student experience. The motivation behind running for President was the desire to be directly involved in decision-making and changes that will enhance the overall University experience for ALL students.

We know it's only day 3 for you, but what are you setting as your main goals that you'd like to achieve this year?

I want to continue to build strong relations with the University, and work together to enhance the student experience. I want to host more cultural events to celebrate our global student community, and I'd like to improve the postgraduate experience.

What you're most looking forward to as a Full Time Officer?

Over the next year, I will be aiming to make your University experience the best that it can possibly be, and welcome any ideas that you may have to make this happen. I am looking forward to meeting so many of you, returning and new students. I am excited to represent all of you, as your President, to voice any of your concerns, ideas and achievements.

For those of you that are about to join our Heriot-Watt community, welcome and good luck with your exciting new journey! Returning students, I hope that you enjoy your summer break and take some well-deserved time to relax, ready for your next stage in September. For our students entering their final year, I hope that you enjoy this final chapter, and I wish you every success in your degree!


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