Change starts with YOU

The role of VP Education and Democracy is one of the key Sabbatical Officer roles. You will be representing students at the highest level of the University, overseeing a fantastic team of about 400 academic reps and responsible for all the Union's democratic processes.

Before you nominate, please read the rules for this election and make sure you understand them. You can read them here: By-Election Rules and Procedures July 2020 . If you have any questions, please email

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.

By-Election Key Dates

How does voting work?