In Spring we hold an election for the Union’s leadership roles. This include our Sabbatical Officers, who are elected to be full time, paid members of the Union team. They lead areas of the Union’s work and represent all students at the highest levels both at the University and in the Union.
At our most recent AGM, student voted to reduce the number of Sabbatical Officers. As well as this, we have changed the roles to make sure that areas of the Union’s work are fairly represented going forward. If you are interested in becoming a Sabbatical Officer, we have role descriptions available for each of the 5 new roles below:
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 following guides:
We also elect a number of voluntary positions. These include our Student Officers, Student Trustees and WSA Committee roles. These positions are part-time so you will need to be a continuing student to take on these roles next academic year.
Student Officer Roles
As a Student Officer, you will be there to amplify the student voice and represent students on committees and in decision making at the Union. As a Student Trustee, you will be able to 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.
If you are studying on a Tier 4 Visa this can be extended so that you can take on the role of a Sabbatical Officer within the Union.
How to nominate yourself
You can log in to our website using your University credentials; you do not need to create a new account. Once you are logged in, you will need to fill in our nominations form and provide some details to your peers on why they should vote for you.
To nominate in the election, please follow the link below
You will need to log in to our website and follow the link above. If you have used our website before, or are a new student starting at Southampton, you do not need to set up a new account. Please use your University credentials; these are the login details for your iSolutions account.
Deadline for nominations this year is Wednesday 13 February 2019 at 13:00.
This varies depending on the role you choose. You can find out more by looking at the role descriptions above. As a volunteer with SUSU, you will take on your new role alongside your degree and so the work you do with us will be part-time and flexible. We understand that your degree should always come first and so you can change the amount of work you do according to the intensity of your studies through the year.
If you would like to got for a Sabbatical Officer role, this will be full-time and you will become a paid employee of the Union. If you are in your first or second year of University, you will need to take a year out of your degree in order to be a Sabbatical Officer.
You do not need any experience to come and join the Union. All you need is to be a current student of the University. We give full training and provide ongoing development opportunities for all our volunteers. You can take up a role without prior knowledge so long as you have passion for representing students and ideas for what you would like to achieve next year. At the end you will be able to evidence fantastic skills such as public speaking, budgeting, consultation, leadership and more.
When you nominate yourself, you will need to write a short statement to tell your peers “Why vote for me.” This will be a maximum 250 words for a student leader or voluntary officer role and 500 words for a Sabbatical Officer role.
When voting begins, you will need to let other students know that you are a candidate in the election and encourage them to vote for you. Please remember that you can vote for yourself as well.
During the period of Online Campaigning, you will not be able to campaign face-to-face or put up any posters around campus. During Physical Campaigning when you are talking to students directly and putting up your posters, you can be creative and fun with the election. There are some basic rules and guidelines in the By-Law which can be found above. Remember, your studies do come first and the University do not allow for extensions to deadlines or time out of lectures for campaigning with SUSU.
If you have any questions or concerns during the Spring Elections period, you can get in touch with the team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also come and speak to a member of staff in person by popping by the Representation Office; this can be found in Building 40, Highfield Campus.
After nominations have closed, we will let all candidates know about our drop-in times and other ways of getting in touch with the team. We provide support and guidance to all candidates throughout the election period so please remember to get in touch with us if you have any questions.
If you need any additional support after returning from the winter break, you can come and speak to someone at our Advice Centre. We are completely independent from the University with 4 trained advisors who can provide guidance on issues such as Housing, Finance, Academic Appeals and wellbeing. You can find more details on our website or by emailing us at email@example.com