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A RECORD number of students turned out to vote for next year’s leaders of the University of Portmouth Students’ Union.

More than 4,200 union members cast their votes online or at the ballot box to choose English and psychology graduate Amy Baker, 22, as their next president, among a number of sabbaticals and part-time officers.

The current president, Aakash Naik, who will stand down at the end of this year, said: ‘It was a fantastic turnout – the biggest in the history of this university and also across all post-1992 universities.’

Aakash, 24, paid tribute to an ‘exciting’ year as president, adding: ‘There’s never been a dull moment. I feel privileged to have served the students of this university and fight their corner. My proudest moment was probably when 200 of us went to London to join the demonstration (against tuition fees).’