Student
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Elections

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 2nd March 10am and closes Fri 13th March 4pm

Voting opens: Mon 23rd March 10am

Voting closes: Thurs 26th March 4pm

*please note in person ballot stations on campus will be open from 10am-4pm each day and online voting will be open 10am-10pm Mon, 7am-10pm Tues & Weds and 7am-4pm Thurs.

Elections count: Fri 27th March

Results Party: Fri 27th March, 6.30pm at The Hive SU Cafe, Falmer

Stand

Any student can stand to be a fulltime 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 2nd March at 10am until Friday 13th 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 contact by staff from Brighton Students’ Union inviting you to the online Candidates Briefing on Monday 15th March 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.

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.

 

FAQs

How do I nominate myself?

  1. Complete either the FULLTIME OFFICER NOMINATION FORM or the NUS DELEGATE NOMINATION FORM from Monday 2nd March at 10am until Friday 13th 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.

  3. Once you have completed these steps you will be contact by staff from Brighton Students’ Union inviting you to the online Candidates Briefing on Monday 15th March 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.

 

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 fulltime 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 conference must self-define as women.

The conference takes place on Tuesday 7th April to Thursday 9nd April with delegates taking part in 3 sessions a day whete you will scrutinise reports from the NUS fulltime 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 fulltime 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.