We are run by students for students. That’s why we hold democratic elections for you to choose the students who lead the Union, on a full-time or part-time basis. We hold elections in Autumn, Spring and Summer with different roles available in each election period.
In autumn we hold an election for our Course Representatives, Union Senators, Postgraduate Committee and Postgraduate Research Representatives, among other voluntary roles with the Students' Union.
This period is a vital part of our Academic Representation offering as these roles provide the opportunity for our students to make tangible, positive changes to the quality of their education. There is something for everyone in the Autumn Elections regardless of which faculty you are in or which level of study, you can find a role that will provide you with experience and recognition for your hard work.
As a candidate in any of our elections, it is important to know that there are a few guidelines that you will need to stick to through the nominations and voting period. Please take some time to read the Candidate Guidance and Elections By-Law before you begin any campaigning
Each year, we run the Spring Elections where we elect the seven Sabbatical Officers who will represent all students at the University of Southampton (paid roles starting in July for a year). Working closely with the University, the Sabbatical Officers ensure that your experience is the best it can be, academically and socially, and promote and support your successes.
In addition to our seven Sabbatical Officers, we also elect in the Spring Elections many part-time roles who play an important role in the way we’re run. Our Student Leaders (including Faculty Officers) and Trustees are responsible for representing a range of different areas, including our many sports clubs and societies and our international and postgraduate communities – plus much more.
In the Summer term we elect the academic reps for continuining students for the following year. We also elect any unfilled student leader positions at the same time