Complete the FULLTIME OFFICER NOMINATION FORM from 13th-24th Feb, you will not be able to complete the form before or after these times.
Attach a recent photo to your nomination. This will be published alongside the answers in your nomination form as part of the elections publicity.
Once you have completed these steps you will be contacted by staff from Brighton Students’ Union inviting you to the online Candidates Briefing on (Dates announced soon!) on Microsoft Teams.
The Candidate Briefing is compulsory and is where you will be explained all of the elections rules. You must not start campaigning until you have attended the briefing in case you break any of the elections rules, breaking the rules may result in you being removed from the election.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject 'election FAQ'.
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. You will also need to contact the University to suspend your studies.
If you are in receipt of a loan/grant or bursary you will also need contact Student Finance England to make them aware of your planned sabbatical from study to ensure you aren’t over paid. Any payments you receive whilst on sabbatical will need to be paid back.