Denis Shukur
Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.)

I have overall responsibility for the running of the Union, its finances, matters of legal compliance and formation of the Union’s strategy. I work to ensure that the charitable objectives of the Union are met and service the Board of Trustees.
Students could come and see me for a general chit chat or if they want to find out more about what the Union has to offer. They could also come and see me about any complaints that they might have.

Top Tip for Students?
Get involved with the Union, in any way possible and come and talk to the Union about how we can make your experience better.

Fun Fact about you?
I still love playing video games, to the point  that my children have to moan to my wife for me to give them ago.

Our Advice Service team provides face-to-face and email advice to students about many areas of student life. This can include helping students who’ve missed their deadlines, want to appeal or complain, or sometimes students who end up in trouble!
They also help students with housing issues such as deposit disputes and giving advice on how to avoid dodgy lets.
There are lots of reasons why students might come and see our Caseworkers in the Advice Service. You can find out more at

Lisa Thomas

Head of Student Support

Top Tip for Students?
Don't leave things to the last minute!

Fun Fact about you?
I love Reality TV. My favourite is probably “I’m a celebrity... Get me out of here!”  - I love the eating bushtucker trial!


Luke Frost
Advice Services Manager

Top Tip for Students?
Don’t leave it until results day to talk to someone about a problem! If something is bothering you about your studies or if you’re not sure about something, always talk to your Personal Tutor, Programme Leader, the Hub or come see us in the Union.

Fun Fact about you?
I really love Star Wars. I think my dad called me Luke because he loves Star Wars as well, though he denies it.


Temilade Orekoya

Top Tip for Students?
We all have individual experiences which we can share with each other.
Be proud of yourself, be proud of your accomplishments. You have all earned your place at UEL, which is a great achievement. 
Well done and best of luck in your future endeavours.

Fun Fact about you?
I love old movies (Classic Hollywood). At University, I was an avid member of the Classic Hollywood Club.
I also love theatre performances and going to plays. It relaxes me after a long stressful day.

Sumaiya Zubwala

Top Tip for Students?

I always believe that everyone has the inner strength and ability to get where they want. It just a matter of mind-set and perseverance. The student union is a great way to get noticed and enhance those people's skills for your future!
Be an inspiration and be inspired through the students union! You have skills that you don't know about!

Fun Fact about you?
My son has finally converted me into a dinosaur fan! I think a Spinosaurus is a Carnivore & Stegosaurus is a Herbivore! Now don't research whether I am right in that! Sometimes, me and my son act out dinosaurs - obviously the prey has to be his father!
Ps: I always  thought carrot cake was awful because its key ingredient is a veg! But I was so wrong - it's yummy and mine is apparently the best! 

Coming soon

Alex Volkov
Office Manager

As an Administrator, I am dealing with a variety of admin matters at the SU and supervising two teams: Reception team and Tech team. I am also assisting Deputy CEO and other staff members with some finance and admin workload. From time to time I am working at the frontline - the reception and the hub, both can be quite busy at times.
Students come and see me when they need direction to sort their academic issues, complaints and have some admin enquiries. I also advise on best use of UELSU facilities or help to locate a member of staff or an officer for them.

Top Tip to Students?
Make the most of your time at UEL. The Students’ Union team is here for you. You can help to make the Union better. Be active.

Fun Fact about you?
A good sci-fi movie will make my day (or night), but minus popcorn - probably ate too much of it when was a kid.

Danielle Giles
Deputy CEO (Membership)



Nishaant Kumar
Academic Enhancement  Manager

My job is to help make your academic experience better by training and supporting you to become a student leader (I.e. programme rep, school rep, union officer), as well as ensuring that the student voice is heard whether that’s through supporting projects, campaigns or University/Union committees.
You come to see me if you wish to find out about training and support available for you to be a student leader, and representing your peers.
Find out more about Representation here.

Top Tip to Students?
Everyone has the potential to be a leader, it’s all about developing the right skills and attitude – Your journey starts now at UEL become a student leader!!!

Fun Fact about you?
I speak 6 languages.


Carley Owen

Community and Student Events Manager


Sam Mujunga
Democracy Coordinator

As the Democracy Coordinator, I am in charge of the operational aspects of the Union's democratic functions. This primarily includes the planning and running of the elections in the Spring and Autumn where you elect your student officers and council members.

Top Tip to Students?
Any (and every) student should actively engage with the democratic process and hold their elected officers to account, to have a strong Students' Union.

Fun Fact about you?
I am a big Liverpool FC fan and actively make sure that I try and watch every game, to the extent that i download the fixtures onto my phone calendar.
Also, my favourite TV Shows are "The Wire", "The Thick of It" and "Only Fools and Horses". I try to watch at least one of those from start to finish per year.


Olivia Adekunle
Socieities Coordinator

For all society related queries, please contact

Docklands Campus:

UEL Students' Union (NB.G.01)
University of East London
4-6 University Way
E16 2RD

Reception: 0208 223 7025

General Enquiries:

Stratford Campus:

UEL Students' Union (UH - The Dome)
University of East London
Water Lane
E15 4LZ

Reception: 0208 223 4209

Registered Charity Number: 1173994
Company Number: 10820498
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