Spring Elections 2020 - Change starts with YOU

Meet your Spring Elections Candidates here: Meet the Candidates.

Whether it's launching a vegan cafe, reducing the cost of printing or launching welfare training, becoming one of our Officers can have a fantastic impact to student life at Southampton. If you've got great ideas of how to lead the Union and represent students, then run for a role in our Spring Elections! We have five paid Sabbatical Officer roles available to run for in addition to our many voluntary roles.

If you think you know somebody who would be good in one of the roles then why not suggest a friend and we will get in contact with them to tell them more about the role

Sabbatical Officers

As a Sabbatical Officer (also called "sabbs") you would be the highest level of student representative in the Union. This is a full time, paid role with a dedicated leadership training programme delivered early in the summer. You can either take a year out of your studies or run in your final year to take it on as a graduate. There are 5 roles to choose from, each leading a different area of the Union's work. Click on each role below to see the full role descriptions.

Any student (undergraduate, postgraduate taught, postgraduate research) can run to be a sabbatical. International students can also run - if successful you can have your Tier 4 Visa extended to cover your time in the role.

Union President

  • Leading the Union
  • Ensuring a Union presence at sites
  • Creating a more sustainable environment

VP Education and Democracy

  • Represent students’ academic interests
  • Ensure students have a voice in the University
  • Lead on Union Democracy

VP Activities

  • Representing club and society interests
  • Supporting all affiliated Societies
  • Improving the student experience

VP Sports

  • Leading the Athletic Union
  • Developing sporting performance
  • Encouraging participation in sport

VP Welfare and Community

  • Lead on student welfare
  • Lead on equality and diversity within the Union
  • Lead on Welfare and Community campaigns

Voluntary Officers

We also elect a number of voluntary positions. These include our Student Officers, Student Trustees, WSA Committee and Student Leaders. These positions are part-time so you will need to be a student in 2020-21 in order to run for them.

Student Officer and Trustee

  • Arts and Humanities Faculty Officer
  • Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Research Officer
  • Athletic Union Officer
  • Avenue Officer
  • BAME Officer
  • Boldrewood Officer
  • Disabilities Officer
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Faculty Officer
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Postgraduate Research Officer
  • Enterprise Officer
  • Environment and Life Sciences Faculty Officer
  • Environment and Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Officer
  • Halls Officer
  • International Officer
  • Intra-Mural Officer
  • LGBT+ Officer
  • Media Officer
  • Medicine Faculty Officer (MedSoc Vice President)
  • Medicine Postgraduate Research Officer
  • NOCS Officer
  • Performing Arts Officer
  • Social Science Postgraduate Research Officer
  • Social Sciences Faculty Officer
  • Sports Participation Officer
  • Student Trustee
  • Sustainability Officer
  • UHS Officer
  • Volunteering and Fundraising Officer
  • WSA Officer
  • Wellbeing Officer
  • Women Officer

You can find further details about all our Student Officer roles here: Student Officer Roles and Descriptions

Student Leaders

  • Medical Society President
  • Nightline Officer
  • RAG President
  • SUSUtv Station Manager
  • Surge Radio Station Manager
  • The Edge Editor
  • Union Films Cinema Manager
  • Wessex Scene Editor

More information about our student leader roles can be requested via democracy@susu.org

As a Student Officer you will amplify the student voice and represent students on committees and in decision making at the Union.

As a Student Trustee you will influence the financial and strategic plans for the Union by sitting on our Trustee Board. This position has legal implications and so please note that you will not be able to continue in any paid employment with the Union whilst also being a trustee for the organisation.

Key Dates

Key dates for the Spring Elections are:

  • Nominations: Monday 06 January 2020, 09:00 – Wednesday 12 February 2020, 13:00
  • Candidates Briefing: Thursday 13 February 2020
  • Online Campaigning: Monday 17 February 2020 – Friday 06 March, 16:00
  • Physical Campaigning: Saturday 29 February 2020, 09:00 – Friday 06 March, 16:00
  • Voting: Wednesday 04 March 2020, 09:00 – Friday 06 March 2020, 16:00

You can download a full list of dates, including various deadlines for candidates, here

Why get involved in our Elections?

Standing as a candidate provides you with experience and employability skills before you have even taken on the role. Putting together your nomination and campaigning for the vote of students demonstrates public speaking, social media marketing, networking and project management skills. If you are successful, you will have full training with the Union, so don't worry if you don't have any previous experience. The work you do through the year will improve student life for thousands of students across all our campuses and you will gain recognition for your work along the way.

Voting in our elections is one of the key ways you can make your voice heard by the Union. The student officers and academic reps we work with each year represent all students and inform projects and activities at the Union. If you aren't running for a role yourself, you can still be involved by following the elections campaigns and voting for the candidate that you feel best represents you.

Talking to our officers and reps throughout the year ensures they know about your concerns or ideas about student life at Southampton, and means we can work towards any positive changes students want to implement. You can find information about your elected representatives here: Academic Reps and Student Officers.

How does voting work?

Upcoming Elections 2019-20

During Summer Elections we elect our School and Department Presidents for each Faculty at the University.

Key dates:

  • Nominations: Monday 13 April 2020, 09:00 to Tuesday 05 May, 13:00.
  • Voting: Wednesday 06 May 2020, 09:00 to Friday 08 May 2020, 16:00.