The Students' Union is run by students, for students. Every year we run three elections to elect our team of over 750 student volunteers who represent students at Southampton.

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?

In our Autumn Elections we elect over 400 student volunteers. These are Course Representatives, Union Senators and Postgraduate Taught Representatives.

Key dates:

  • Nominations: Monday 23 September 2019, 09:00 to Tuesday 08 October 2019, 13:00.
  • Voting: Wednesday 09 October 2019, 09:00 to Friday 11 October 2019, 16:00.

Our Spring Elections are the loudest and most visible of all our elections! Your vote really does count in this exciting race to be the next leaders of the Union. During Spring Elections we elect our 5 Sabbatical Officers, plus our Student Officers, Student Trustees and WSA Committee roles.

Key dates:

  • Nominations: Monday 06 January 2020, 09:00 – Wednesday 12 February 2020, 13:00.
  • Candidates Briefing: Friday 14 February 2020.
  • Online Campaigning: Monday 17 February 2020 – until the end of voting.
  • Physical Campaigning: Saturday 29 February 2020, 09:00 – until end of voting.
  • Voting: Wednesday 04 March 2020, 09:00 – Friday 06 March 2020, 16:00.

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.