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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.

To vote in these elections from 07/03/2023 - 09/03/2023 just login at the top right corner of the page using your UoB student log in details then follow the instructions on the right side of the page under the heading 'Vote'. If you have any issues casting your vote 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: Mon 13th Feb 10am to Fri 24th March 4pm

Voting opens: Tues 7th March 10am

Voting closes: Thurs 9th March 4pm

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

Find out more information on how to vote here!

Results Announced: Fri 10th March, 5pm

CLICK HERE TO SEE YOUR OFFICERS FOR 2021/22

 

 

stand

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

1) Complete either the FULLTIME OFFICER NOMINATION FORM from Monday 13th February at 10am until Friday 24th February 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

They represent 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 & international officer

They are responsible for the representation of students on issues affecting postgraduate and international students. They consult with 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.

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. 
 

FAQs

  1. Complete the FULLTIME OFFICER NOMINATION FORM from 13th-24th Feb, you will not be able to complete the form before or after these times.

  2. Attach a recent photo to your nomination. This will be published alongside the answers in your nomination form as part of the elections publicity.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 bsuelections@brighton.ac.uk 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.