Key Dates

Nominations: Open at 9am on 18th February. Close at 1pm on 5th March
Candidate Briefing: Friday 5th March - 1pm, online

Candidate Question Time: Thursday 11th March at 6.30pm
Voting: 9am on 15th March - 6pm on 18th March

Q. What is the Leadership Race?

A. The Leadership Race (also known as SU Elections) is a time when the student body comes together to elect a team of students to lead the SU for the forthcoming year.


Q. When will the list of students standing in the Leadership Race be announced?

A. The list of candidates will be made available a couple of days after the candidates briefing. All information will be published on the Students’ Union website ready for the voting period on Monday 15th March.


Q. How can I put questions to the Candidates to help me decide who to vote for?

A. Candidate Question Time will be held during Campaigning Week. It will be an online meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday 11th March. Prior to this, you will be able to submit questions for Candidates to answer and then, join the meeting to hear what they have to say.


Q. What is Campaigning Week?

A. It's the time when Candidates put out their promotional material. It should tell you all about them and why they think they are to best person to be elected for their chosen job. It's actually longer than a week, but 'Campaigning Fourteen and a Half Days' doesn't have the same ring.



Q. Can I run for a full time job if I’m not in my final year?

A.Yes! First and second years can take one year out of studying (a sabbatical) to stand for a full-time position. For more information about taking a year out contact


Q. Can I stand for more than one position?

A. Sometimes - it depends on the positions. You can stand to be a Student Voice Rep and a Student Council Officer, but any other combination is a no-no.


Q. I’m an International Student; can I work as a full-time officer?

A. Yes, you can! If you are an International Student, you must be in possession of, and are responsible for, providing your own Tier 4 VISA. Luckily, Tier 4 covers the full-time role as part of your education. If your visa needs to be extended during the period of the job, it will be your responsibility to make sure this is done in time. 


Q. What are the hours like?

A. Some roles are full-time jobs and you will be working an average of 35 hours per week. However, there are busy times when you will probably do more and quieter times when you can balance this out. There will be times when you have to work in the evenings and at weekends, so you really do need to be committed.


Students Trustees, Student Council Officers and Student Voice Reps are all voluntary roles and come with varying time requirements. As a guide, you should set aside a few hours a fortnight for meetings, campaigns and projects. However, don’t let this put you off, all of the positions are flexible and should be more than manageable alongside your studies.


Q. When would I start?

A. Student Trustees would become Board members as soon as the results are announced. All other positions begin on 1st July. If you get a full-time job, we may need you to start early (or at least do some part-time hours) if one of the current officers leaves before 30th June.


Q. Is there any training?

A. Oh, yes! Training is provided for all elected officers and representatives. 


Student Trustees get theirs first. Because of the legal responsibilities that they hold, it is quite intense, but we break it down into bite-sized pieces, so there will be a session on the structure of the Union, the finances, the Strategic Plan, the legalities of being a Trustee..........


For full-time officers, there is a COMPULSORY training/handover period between 21st and 30th June. During this time, you'll become familiar with how the Union works, what committees you'll be sitting on and the workload you'll be inheriting from your predecessor. After that, there's a lot of on-the-job training, as you never know just what might happen when you work in an SU.


Student Councillors and SVRs get training from 1st July onwards, incorporating more detail on your role, what is expected from you and how to get the most out of your time as a Union rep.


Q. What and when will I get paid?

A. The full-time jobs attract an annual salary of around £17,956.11, assuming that you do all of your hours. As with all jobs, you are entitled to time off (again based on the number of hours you complete) and sick pay. 


Student Council Officers and Student Voice Reps receive a bursary of up to £500 at the end of the year. The amount you get depends on your role and your level of engagement.


Unfortunately, Student Trustees (under charities law) cannot receive payment of any kind, but what they get out of it in terms of experience and personal development, more than makes up for it.



Q. How do I stand for Election?

A. Standing for election takes a little effort, but is worth it. You and your supporters will need to complete some online forms and send them back to us by 1pm on Friday 5th March. If you follow the To-Do List for your chosen position, you can keep track of what's been done and what hasn't. Our advice would be to start getting things in early, especially the info that needs to come from your Nominator and Supporters - DON'T leave it 'til the last minute.


Q. Are there any rules?

A. There are a whole host of regulations that ensure the elections run smoothly; it would be wise to read them. There is an Elections Committee that oversees the process; it also handles complaints and has the authority to remove Candidates from the election. 


Q. When can I start campaigning?

A. Once you've been confirmed as a Candidate, you can start campaigning. Confirmation will ONLY happen after nominations have closed at 1pm on 5th March.


Q. Will I get the chance to 'promote' myself to voters?

A. Yes. There will be a Candidate's Question Time on Thursday 11th March at 6.30pm and you will be able to demonstrate how suitable you are for the job by answering questions that students have set.


Q. When and where can I vote?  

A. Voting will take place between 15th-18th March on the Students’ Union website. You can either go to the page directly, follow the link from UniLife or wait for an Elections Email to drop into your inbox.


Q. How does it work?

A. We operate a Single Transferable Voting system (STV). The most important aspect of STV is that you get to rank candidates in order of your preference, so if there are three Candidates for a position, you vote 1 for your favourite, 2 for the next and 3 for the Candidate you think is least likely to be able to do the job.


Q. Who is RON?

A. RON's full name is Re-Open Nominations and RON stands for all roles. The position exists so that you always have a choice, particularly in categories when there is only one other Candidate. If you don't think that the student Candidate is the best person for the job, then vote for RON. If RON wins, then we re-run the election with new Candidates.


Q. When will we know who's won?

A. The results will be announced on the Students' Union social media pages from 9pm on Thursday 18th March. Follow us on:

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