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

We are also electing NUS Delegates to represent University of Brighton students at the National Union of Students' (NUS) National Conference which will take place online. To stand for this role you must be able and willing to attend the virtual conference from Tuesday 6th April to Thursday 8th April. For more information on this or any other role please email BSUElections@brighton.ac.uk.

Information and Dates

Every year Brighton Students’ Union elects students to join the team that leads the organisation. In these elections any University of Brighton student can stand and any student can vote. 

Key Dates

Nominations period: opens Mon 22nd Feb 10am and closes Fri 5th March 4pm

Voting opens: Mon 15th March 10am

Voting closes: Thurs 18th March 4pm

*please note online voting will be open 10am-10pm Mon, 7am-10pm Tues & Weds and 7am-4pm Thurs.

Elections count: Fri 19th March

Results Party: Fri 19th March, TBC

Stand

Any student can stand to be a full-time officer or NUS delegate. All you have to do is:

1) Complete either the FULLTIME OFFICER NOMINATION FORM or the NUS DELEGATE NOMINATION FORM from Monday 22nd February at 10am until Friday 5thth March at 4pm, you will not be able to complete the form before or after these times.

2) Email BSUelections@brighton.ac.uk a recent photo to accompany 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 Candidates Briefing.

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.

FULL-TIME OFFICERS

UNION PRESIDENT

A leadership role in engaging and representing the needs of students across the University. Alongside leading the Union’s developments, they attend a number of meetings with University and other key stakeholders to ensure that the student voice is always heard.

ACTIVITIES Officer

They lead the student activities programme; to include sports, societies and entertainments across all campuses and partner colleges. They consult with students in the development of activities across a wide range of areas.

Postgrad officer

They are responsible for the representation of students on issues affecting postgraduate students. They consult with postgraduate students and develop policies, actions and campaigns informed by students’ needs and concerns.

EDUCATION officer

The lead officer for furthering the academic interests of students. They are responsible for representing students on issues affecting their academic experience within the Uni, locally and nationally.

Elections Myths Debunked!

Taking part in the SU Elections can be a life-changing experience. It can open pathways and opportunities you didn't first think about, and help you to stand out to employers when looking for a future career. We've debunked some of the most common myths surrounding the elections right here to hopefully clear some things up! Remember - you don't have to be popular to win elections - what matters is what YOU stand for, and how it can best help make a positive change to the student body.  

1. "I’m not political enough." - There aren’t particular issues you have to be passionate about to vote or to get people to vote for you, other than being interested in making things better for students at Brighton. Some elected officers and reps get involved in a variety of campaigns and issues; others focus on other areas of the role.

2. "Someone else is more likely to win." - Most people who nominate themselves believe this, but someone's got to win. You might think that someone else has more experience, more friends or is just more likely to win. But with thousands of students voting there are no guarantees with elections. There are often cases where people who didn't think they would win are elected.

3. "It’s just a popularity contest." - There are no guarantees or certainties with elections. Just because you think someone knows lots of people, it doesn’t mean those people would vote for them. Remember every vote counts and by encouraging those around you to take a few minutes to make the most of their right to vote, you can shape the way the Union runs. Knowing people that you can talk to and try to persuade to vote for you can help but with thousands of votes cast in some elections, no one can know that many people!

4. "I’m not the right sort of person to get involved in elections." - There is no such thing as the “right sort of person” to put themselves forward or vote in elections. Every member of the Students’ Union has the right to vote (membership is automatic for all Brighton University students) and every year different people with different views, ideas and experience win. Just because the current officers focus on particular issues, or projects, it doesn’t mean you have to or that you have to vote for similar people.

5. "I won’t have time." - If you are thinking about nominating yourself, full-time officer roles are paid full-time positions for one year. They’re designed to be as accommodating as possible when it comes to completing your course or year of study, and the Students’ Union provides training and support to help you carry out your responsibilities within the Union.

6. “There’s no point, you’ll never change anything.” - Students have been instrumental in introducing big changes at Brighton over the years. The introduction of our No Detriment policy, reducing the time it takes to receive academic feedback and introducing several different campaigns that help support your wellbeing are just a selection. There are also lots of examples of smaller changes that improve things for students, and many of these have been led by elected students.

7. “I’m not sure it’s for me, I’m happy with things at Brighton.” - You don’t have to have an endless list of big changes you’d like to make to vote or nominate yourself. If you choose to nominate yourself there is nothing wrong with putting together a simple list of small suggestions. Sometimes it is small changes that can make a big difference. Why not ask your friends if they have any ideas for things they would like to see changed?

8. “It’s too complicated.” - If you decide to nominate yourself as a candidate, the online nomination form is designed to be straightforward. You just fill in a few details about yourself and have the opportunity to upload your photo and then add in your objectives, which can be as complex or as simple as you wish.

9. “I don’t have the right experience to nominate myself.” - You don’t need prior experience to put yourself forward in an election. It is up to students to decide who has the best suggestions and enthusiasm; it isn’t like going for a job interview where someone looks over your CV. You don’t have to have been a member of a sports club, worked for the Union or been a course rep to run for an officer position. Experiences like these can provide a useful insight into how the Students’ Union and University function but are by no means essential.

Key terms and what they mean

No Further Preference: No Further Preferences (NFP) is used to indicate that you don't want to vote for any more candidates. 
Re-Open Nominations: You can vote to Re-Open Nominations if you would like us to allow other potential candidates to nominate themselves. 
Slate: You can choose to be part of a group (known as a ‘slate) who campaign together and feature candidates for multiple position.
 

FAQs

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. 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 may be an issue with your account

 

NUS Delegate Elections

There are 2 NUS Delegate positions being elected in this election.

Brighton Students’ Union have 6 delegate places to attend the NUS National Conference in Liverpool. The first 4 delegate positions are taken by the current full-time officer team with the remaining 2 places being elected by a cross-campus ballot. In addition to this, according to NUS rules, 50% of delegates registered for the conference must self-define as women.

The conference takes place on Tuesday 7th April to Thursday 9th April with delegates taking part in 3 sessions a day where you will scrutinize reports from the NUS full-time officers, debate and vote on what the National Union of Students should campaign for in the 2021/22 academic year.

Anyone standing for one of the full-time officer roles is encouraged to stand for the NUS delegate role as well as it will give you an excellent insight into how the NUS works.

If you would like more information about the conference you can find it here.

 

I'm an International Student - Can I be 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'.

 

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. 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.