Uni twins are a winning pair

Laurence and Joel Pullan outside Lancaster University Students' Union.

Laurence and Joel Pullan outside Lancaster University Students' Union.

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Twin brothers have been elected into office at Lancaster University’s Students’ Union for the first time in its history.

In the recent full-time officer elections at Lancaster University Students’ Union, identical twins Joel and Laurence Pullan were elected as LUSU president and vice president: union development, respectively.

The brothers grew up in locally, both attending Lancaster Royal Grammar School, and staying in the city for university.

They both chose to become members of different colleges, with Joel, the oldest by one minute, joining Cartmel and Laurence joining Pendle.

During their three years at the university they have both held various elected positions within LUSU, with Joel taking the roles of academic cross campus officer, education cross campus officer and Cartmel College president, while Laurence has held the positions of media cross campus officer, social cross campus officer and Pendle College president.

Both saw running for their full-time officer positions as a natural progression from their previous union involvements, with both perceiving each other’s roles as totally suited for them individually.

Looking to the future, Joel is looking to go into public sector or charity based work, and is currently in the final stages of a human resources degree at Lancaster’s Management School.

Laurence remains undecided about his future plans, but is focusing on his upcoming final exams for his English Language degree, and is looking forward to a year in office at the Students’ Union.

Joel spoke of the prospect of working so closely with his twin brother, saying that “it will only help working together because we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”

The new elected officer team will begin their roles in July of this year, once the academic year has come to an end.