New SU President - Alasdair Leeding

3rd July 2019

News, Student news

Alasdair Leeding (Biochemistry, 2018) is Wadham’s new Student Union President.

  • Alasdair Leeding (Biochemistry, 2018) 

“I’m possibly one of the first Biochemists to take on the SU Presidency role at Wadham” says Alasdair.

His plans for the coming year include measures to integrate Wadham second year students with the community in Iffley when they move into the new Dorothy Wadham Building. His objectives are also to negotiate fair rents, re-invigorate the SU website, maintain Wadham’s excellent student welfare, update the SU constitution, make better provision for students’ sexual health and to work with College to improve the quality of vegetarian food.  

“I’ve really enjoyed SU meetings this year and believe that we have the power and scope to make life even better for Wadham students,” he said.

Having come from one of Wadham’s Access link regions, Alasdair is also keen to support the outreach work carried out by the College.

“As a scientist with a busy timetable I will need to be organised but I’m confident that I will find time for the work ahead,” commented Alasdair who is looking forward to better getting to know Wadham staff and alumni and working closely with the SU committee.

From Cambridgeshire, Alasdair studied at Cottenham Village College and Hills Road Sixth Form before applying to Oxford where he was attracted by the breadth of the Biochemistry course and the way it is taught in Oxford.

During his first year at Wadham Alasdair has become involved with student politics, campaigning on SU LGBTQ+ sexual health issues and involved with Common Ground, a movement that sets out to examine Oxford’s colonial past in the context of present-day inequalities.

Alasdair takes over his new role from outgoing President Sulamaan Rahim (PPE, 2017) at the start of Michaelmas Term.