Students' Union Leadership & Society elections are here!
Each year Brighton students elect who leads the students' union and the societies that you are a part of. It's really important you have your say on who you want to represent your views whilst you study at the University of Brighton.
Who can take part?
Leadership Elections: All enrolled students at the University of Brighton are eligible to participate in the Leadership elections, regardless of their campus location, whether they are part-time or full-time students, or whether they are enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate programs. Every registered student has the right to stand for election as well as to vote.
Society Elections: Participation in Society elections is exclusive to society members. To vote, ensure you have secured your membership by visiting www.brightonsu.com/activities/societies. Here, you can go to your society page, add the membership to your basket and complete the necessary steps. We offer FREE memberships for all our societies, eliminating any barriers to securing your membership. Don't miss the opportunity to have your voice heard in selecting the leadership for your society in the coming year.
There are four Full-Time Officer positions: President, Education Officer, Activities Officer, and the newly introduced Communities Officer. These are paid, full-time positions with an annual salary of £24,875. These positions are traditionally known as 'Sabbatical Officer' roles, where students have the opportunity to take a 'sabbatical year' from their studies to dedicate themselves to these roles. Alternatively, students can also opt to undertake these roles upon completing their studies. You cannot do the role at the same time as your studies including part-time study. The roles run for a fixed term of one year if elected, starting on the 24th of June 2024.
You can read the job descriptions for each of the roles here:
To apply for one of the four full-time officer positions, please fill out the NOMINATION FORM before 4 PM on Friday 1st March!
All nominees for the full-time officer roles are required to participate in a compulsory candidate briefing on Monday 4th March at 1:30 PM (join here). It will be conducted via Microsoft Teams to ensure accessibility for students from all campuses, including those currently on placements.
To nominate yourself in the society committee elections please make sure you are logged in to the website in the top right corner and then click 'stand in election' below then find your society and the role you wish to stand for.
Resources for candidates
We have put together some resources for you to get some inspiration when coming up with campaign aims! We will be adding more resources here as the elections move along so watch this space!
Recommend a friend
Do you know someone who would be an excellent officer? Recommend them using our Recommend a Friend Form.
After you recommend them, we'll reach out to encourage them to officially run for the position and provide them with all the necessary information to enter the election.
Please note, recommending someone via this form does not automatically enter them into the election. They must still complete the nomination form themselves to be considered a candidate.
- Nominations: Mon 19th Feb 10am - Fri 1st March 4pm
- Candidate Briefing: Mon 4th March 1:30pm - join here
- Campaigning starts: Mon 4th March 2:30pm
- Voting: Tue 12th March 10am - Thu 14th March 4pm
- Results: Fri 15th March at 5pm at The Venue, on www.brightonsu.com and through our social media channels.
Election Rules & Regulations
Before you launch your campaign, it's crucial to attend the candidate briefing and familiarise yourself with the election rules. Starting your campaign without this knowledge could inadvertently lead to a breach of the rules, potentially disqualifying you before the election even begins.
To ensure you're fully informed, please review our Elections Policy, which, along with additional details provided at the briefing, constitutes the framework of our election regulations.
For any further information about BSU elections, contact our Engagement Team on BSUengagement@brighton.ac.uk.