.Representation

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 2017, we held elections for Course Reps, Halls Committees, WSA Committee, Student Leaders and Union Senate.

To find out who your Course Rep is, please visit this page

If you have any questions about our Academic Representation system, please do email us at representation@susu.org

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.

2018 Spring Elections Results

Find out more about who will be leading the Students’ Union from July 2018 here.

Our priority as a Students’ Union is to look after your academic interests. We do this through our Academic Representation structure.

Our Academic Reps are here to listen, represent you and pass on any concerns and suggestions so we can lobby the University for change. We train and support them throughout the year.

As part of our Summer Elections, we will be electing some of our Academic Reps, as well running by-elections for the remaining Student Leader positions.

This year, we are introducing brand new academic roles, following the University restructure. You can find the University faculty structure, with our academic representation system here. If you need more clarification on schools and departments, have a look at the University chart here.

What roles are available?

The following roles are available in this election:

School Presidents
  • The School President is an entirely new role, created as a result of the UNiversity’s restructure to encourage collaboration and better group Departments together. They will have an educational function too, so it is important that we provide Academic Representation here.
  • They will organise and lead the Department Presidents, and will co-chair a meeting at School level (likely to be a School Staff-Student Liaison Committee (or SSLC)) alongside a School Director of Education from the University.
  • Where a School only has one Department within it, the School President will also act as the Department President. This isn’t intended to increase their workload, but it doesn’t make sense to double up on Academic Representatives unnecessarily.
Department Presidents
  • The Department President role is essentially the same as the former Academic President role - they are the lead Academic Representative for a single department of the University (e.g. English)
  • They will work directly with the Course Representatives for each year group, co-chairing the Department SSLC alongside an academic member of staff from the Department.
Arts and Humanities Faculty Officer
  • The Faculty Officer is the senior Academic Representative for the Faculty, overseeing all other Academic Representatives and their work.
  • Faculty Officers are also voting members of the Union’s Education Zone, working with the VP Education (as well as the other elected members) on the Union’s representation work and direction.
Halls Officer
  • The Halls Officer works with each Halls Committee to co-ordinate activities and support for students in halls of residence
  • They represent and promote the activities of all the Halls Committees and are part of the Student Communities Committee
Intra-Mural Officer
  • The Intra-Mural Officer promotes the Intra-Mural league system and represents the interests of the Intra-Mural groups on the Sports Zone Committee
  • They chair the Intra-Mural Committee and represent students in the organisation of Intra-Mural events throughout the year
Student Enterprise Officer
  • The Student Enterprise Officer supports and develops the enterprise activities of our students and promotes the benefits of Student Enterprise
  • They represent the interests of the relevant student groups on the External Engagement Committee
Chair of Senate
  • The Chair of Senate is responsible for publicising the date and time of Senate meetings as well as publishing the decisions and outcomes of the meetings
  • They chair all meetings of Senate as well as the AGM, ensure they run smoothly and in accordance with the Rules and By-laws
Trustee
  • The Trustees have ultimate responsibility for the governance and budget of the Union
  • They set the Union’s strategic direction and ensure compliance with charity law and other legal requirements
  • The Trustee Board comprises 4 Student Trustees as well as 4 External Trustees and 6 Sabbatical Officers – full training and support will be provided to Student Trustees

For WSA students, we are also looking to form next year’s WSA Student Committee, with the following remaining positions:

  • WSA International Officer
  • WSA Social Events Officer
  • WSA Welfare Officer
  • WSA Academic Officer

How and when to nominate?

To nominate yourself, just log on the website and fill out a 'why vote for me'

  • Mon 30 April at 09:00
    Nominations Open
  • Wed 16 May at 13:00
    Nominations Close
  • Thu 17 May at 09:00
    Voting Opens
  • Fri 18 May at 16:00
    Voting Closes

If you have any questions about the roles or the rep structure, please do get in touch via representation@susu.org

For specific elections questions, including help with nominations, please do email us at elections@susu.org