ELECTIONS - TAKE A STAND

Student Leadership Elections happen every year in the Students’ Union, the elections are designed for you to decide who leads the union for the academic year. The Student Leadership Team is made up of 5 full-time officers and 19 volunteer officers that represent you and work to improve your university experience.

If this interests you, or you know somebody that will do a fantastic job as an officer, nominate today to lead change and improve the lives of students at the University of Brighton.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SU ELECTIONS BELOW


FULL TIME POSITIONS

The full-time officers are paid to represent you for an entire year so this is a brilliant career opportunity in which you’ll learn a range of skills that are valid in a number of jobs.


WHAT IT'S LIKE BEING A FULL TIME OFFICER

KEY DATES

Click on a date below to add it to your calendar!

SOCIETY ROLES

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JARGON BUSTER

Term

A period of approximately twelve months where the elected individual is in office. Sabbatical Officers can be in office for a maximum period of 24 months.

Ballot

The slip where a voter places their vote and marks their choice. Unlike national elections we use online ballot papers during the voting period.

Campaigning

Encouraging others to vote for you in an election through a variety of means, including using social media, banners, and direct conversation.

Manifesto

A document outlining the aims of the candidate, including policies and goals for their year in office.

Nomination

The process of putting yourself forward for a position. Once you nominate yourself you will become a candidate.

Candidate

A person running for a role.

R.O.N – re open nomination

This is selected when a voter does not wish to vote for any of the candidates, and instead believes that nominations should be reopened for a new batch of potential candidates.

STV - Single transferable vote

A system of preferential voting designed to decrease ‘wasted’ votes and provide proportional representation.

NFP - No Further Preferences

If you’re only interested in voting for one person, you can do this without selecting second and third preferences. Simply select No Further Preferences.

FAQ'S

Click on any of the speech bubbles below for answers to frequently asked questions. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, contact Tom Foy at t.foy@brighton.ac.uk

HOW DO I NOMINATE MYSELF?

  1. Log in to the website
  2. Navigate to the elections page and click the 'stand' tab
  3. Your name and email will automatically be there. You can alter your name if you wish - this is what will appear on your publicity.
  4. Add your phone number - we need this to contact you! We promise we won't share it with anyone else.
  5. You can add your election slogan now if you have one, or leave blank if you don't (you can fill it in another time).
  6. If you're running as part of a slate enter your slate name (see below for information about slates)
  7. Select your post! You will only be eligible for some - if you believe you should be able to stand for something that it says you can't, please let us know at bsuelections@brighton.ac.uk - it's probably a setting on the website that's not quite right.

I CAN’T LOG INTO THE WEBSITE – WHAT DO I DO?

Use your Student Central username and password. For further help please check out our guide to logging into the website.

If this still doesn't work, please email bsuelections@brighton.ac.uk and we'll try to sort it out for you.

 

I’M AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT – CAN I BE A FULL-TIME OFFICER?

We’ve had many international students that have become full-time officers!

Generally, international students are eligible to take up a sabbatical position: the regulations consider the post an extension of study. However, there are some exceptions to be aware of and some pitfalls to avoid. This is one of those areas where resolving problems after they have happened can be extremely difficult. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA), collaborating with NUS, have put together guidance on the issue. UKCISA have kindly agreed to make the resource available in full at no cost to students’ unions. The briefing contains sections appropriate for students’ unions, institutions and candidates, but it is worth reading in full.

The briefing can be found here. We will continually add questions and answers to this page - if you have any questions about the elections, the roles or the Students' Union please email bsuelections@brighton.ac.uk with the subject 'election FAQ'.

AM I ABLE TO RUN AS A SLATE?

A slate is a group of two or more election candidates who run their campaign together, with the aim of all getting elected into the posts they stand for. You are allowed to run in a slate if you like - if there are a group of you running for different posts, and you all have similar beliefs or principles you might want to work together and help support one another.

DO I HAVE TO BE IN MY FINAL YEAR TO BE A FULL-TIME OFFICER?

You can run as a full-time officer in both your final year of study and the penultimate year before graduating. Please note that if you are successful and you are yet to graduate, you will have to return to university and finish your studies when your job/term/contract/role has finished.

VOTING EXPLAINED

You can vote online for as many positions as you’d like, please see the videos below for more instructions on the voting process.

Here's how it works:

DO YOU KNOW SOMEBODY THAT IS PASSIONATE FOR CHANGE?

 

Have a friend that is a natural leader or enjoys running campaigns? Nominate them for an elected role and give them the confidence to run today

Please log in to complete this survey.

GET TO KNOW WHO'S RUNNING!


YOUR CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


VOTE HERE TO HAVE YOUR SAY!


RESULTS IN REAL TIME!

 
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DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START? WE'RE HERE TO HELP!

 

When running in the elections, we’re here to help you in any way that we can. We will host a number of workshops about leading the SU and running a successful campaign so that you’ll get all of the information that you need.

Our Student Voice Manager, Tom Foy is also around to answer your questions – you can contact him at t.foy@brighton.ac.uk

 

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