Change starts with YOU

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 Academic Elections! We have a paid, full-time Sabbatical Officer role available to run for in addition to our many voluntary academic roles.

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. The available role of Vice President Education and Democracy leads on the academic representation area of the Union's work. Click on the role below to see the full role description.

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.

VP Education and Democracy

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

Voluntary Officers

We are also electing a number of voluntary positions. These include our remaining Faculty Officers for 2020-21. These positions are part-time so you will need to be a student in 2020-21 in order to run for them.

Faculty Officers

  • Arts and Humanities Faculty Officer
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Faculty Officer
  • Environment and Life Sciences Faculty Officer

Key Dates

Key dates for the Academic Elections are:

  • Nominations: Monday 09 March 2020, 09:00 – Friday 13 March 2020, 13:00
  • Candidates Briefing: Friday 13 March 2020
  • Campaigning: Monday 16 March 2020 – Friday 20 March, 16:00
  • Voting: Thursday 19 March 2020, 09:00 – Friday 20 March 2020, 16:00

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.