At the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 14th August 2004, the new General Secretary, Jim Ewing from the University of Glasgow, was elected by delegates to become successor to the incumbent, Tim Brown, in October this year. After what was thought to be a keen contest between himself and his opponent, Harpreet Singh, delegates were then surprised to find that before it came to the ballot, Harpreet took it upon himself to withdraw from the elections so that no contest was to be. When it came to the ballot, Jim was elected by a strong majority with 22 votes for himself and only one vote for RON. On being elected, Jim expressed his heartfelt thanks for such overwhelming support to be elected into the post and he pledged to do his very best in his new role.
Jim has recently graduated with an MA by research in theology at the University of Glasgow where the NPC office will be moving to. Over the past three years Jim has been involved in NPC first as a delegate from Glasgow and then as Vice Chair of NPC Scotland. More recently Jim has been a project officer researching into issues affecting writing up students more particularly the difficulties around claiming jobseekers allowance while writing up.
Now that Jim is preparing for his new post his vision for NPC is: "We at the NPC need to hear as many voices as possible. We want to increase our membership. That will mean knocking on doors and saying who we are, what we do and why it is important to join and help us to represent postgraduates."
Other keenly contested elections at the AGM this year included the first contest ever for chair, where three candidates stood: Tim Roll-Pickering, Chris Stuart and Dries Neirynck, all existing officers of NPC. The election was incredibly close as it reached the third round of single transferable vote with 10 votes to Chris Stuart and 12 to Tim Roll-Pickering, who was duly elected.