Nominations are now open!
We are currently holding our Summer Elections 2019 to elect Department and School Presidents in all faculties, Student Officer roles, Student Trustees and our Chair of Senate.
In Summer we hold an election for our School Presidents, Department Presidents and Postgraduate Research Representatives, among other voluntary roles with SUSU. We are also holding a by-election for any Student Officer roles that remain unfilled since the Spring Elections.
This period is a vital part of our Academic Representation offering as these roles provide the opportunity for our students to make tangible, positive changes to the quality of their education. There is something for everyone in the Summer Elections regardless of which faculty you are in or which level of study, you can find a role that will provide you with experience and recognition for your hard work.
If you are interested in running for a role with SUSU, the dates of the Summer Elections are:
Nominations: Monday 29 April, 09:00, to Tuesday 14 May, 13:00.
Voting: Wednesday 15 May, 09:00, to Friday 17 May, 16:00.
Nominating yourself for a role in the Summer Elections is very easy to do. You don’t need any previous experience in a similar role as we provide training before the start of the next academic year.
To learn more about the roles we have available before your nomination, you can find a description for each role 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 Elections By-Law before you begin any campaigning.
How do I nominate myself?
You will need to log in to our website and follow the link above. If you have not used our website before, you do not need to set up a new account. Please use your University credentials; these are the login details for your iSolutions account.
How much work is involved?
This varies depending on the role your 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.
Throughout the year, you will be required to attend meetings for the different committees that you sit on. These meetings usually happen only a few times each term.
Do I need experience?
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 and a goal for the year. At the end you will be able to evidence fantastic skills such as public speaking, budgeting, consultation, leadership and more.
What do I need to do?
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 voluntary Student Officer or Academic Representative 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.
You are free to do as much or as little as you are able to do in those three days of voting. Campaigning can be creative and fun, so long as it is within the 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.
Where can I go for support?
If you have any questions or concerns during the Summer Elections period, you can get in touch with the team by emailing email@example.com. 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.
If you need any help or guidance about our time at University, whether it is academic or personal, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The key dates you need to know for the Summer Elections are: