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What do Representatives do?

There are five Representatives, each representing one of the following groups:

  • International Students’ Representative 
  • Part-Time Students’ Representative 
  • Mature Students’ Representative
  • Student Parents’ Representative 
  • First Generation Scholars' Representative

You can do these roles on your own, or as a Role Share. 


54 weeks, commencing after election.



Must be a current student at the University of Sussex or Brighton & Sussex Medical School and be a full member of the Students’ Union who identifies themselves as belonging to one of the defined groups; .



The Representative work to proactively represent the rights of the students in their specific student groups. They ensure that the Students’ Union as a whole takes the views and needs of these students into account, and undertake projects and campaigns to support their student groups. They will proactively represent these students’ rights on and off campus.


They actively work to ensure that the views and needs of the relevant group are considered within the Union and University community. They sit on Union Council, Student Voice Steering Group, University Student Experience Forum and other relevant committees.

They work closely with all full-time officers including the Welfare Officer on relevant local and national campaigns and events.

The Representatives shall:

  1. Attend meetings of Union Council (2 hours once a month), Union’s Equality & Diversity Steering Group (2 hours once a month), Student Voice Steering Group (1 ½ hours every fortnight), University Student Experience Forum(2 hours once a term) and other Union and University meetings as notified.

  2. Proactively championing the rights and needs of a specific student group, in the Students’ Union and on campus.

  3. Devlop and maintain active links with the relevant group/society and work with them to fulfil the above aims.  Where there is no active group/society, work with Union officers towards the formation of such a group.

  4. To feed into the development and oversight of the Students’ Union’s equality and diversity work.

  5. To talk to students electronically and face-to-face and share their concerns and ideas with the relevant groups or to sign-post them to the relevant people.

  6. To update the Full-Time Elected Officers and Students’ Union staff on issues facing the students they represent.

  7. To campaign for change using student ideas and concerns as a focus by working with the Students’ Union, NUS and the wider community to inform, support and create change.

  8. To promote and bring about change based on manifesto promises.

  9. To act as a responsible member of the Students’ Union Student Voice Steering Group

  10. To be professional in fulfilling their elected role and duties.


Who can be a Representative?

Students standing and voting for these positions should self-identify as a member of the relevant group.

What support do Representatives get?

You can expect support and advice from Full-time Union officers and Union staff, as well as development opportunities and access to a funding pot to enact your manifesto and support the students you represent. 

Information for candidates

Election dates

Deadline for nomination for Union Executive and Trustee elections
5th March 9am - 9:01am
There is a 9:00 deadline to nominate yourself for Union Executive and Trustee elections. To nominate go to: https://www.sussexstudent.com/elections/
Candidate Training Session
5th March 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room 1
Come along to hear hints and tips about running in the Spring Elections. This will be an informal chance to meet other candidates and find out advice about campaigning and speaking to voters. This training is optional.
Candidates for Union Executive and Trustee elections announced
7th March 9am - 9:01am
Candidates for the elections will be published on the website at www.sussexstudent.com/elections
Candidate Briefing for Spring Elections
7th March 4pm - 6pm
Fulton 104
This is a mandatory briefing for candidates for the Students' Union Spring Elections. Candidates must attend or send someone in their place, and will be expected to know the content of the briefing.
Candidate Banner Painting for Spring Elections
9th March noon - 5pm
Mandela Hall
Come to Mandela Hall to paint your banners for the elections! We will provide banner material, paints, paintbrushes and tarpaulin to keep the place tidy.
Voting is open for Officer and Trustee elections
19th March 9am - 23rd March 5pm
Voting is open for the 11 Officers and 3 Student Trustees who lead the Union. Vote now at www.sussexstudent.com/vote
Results announced for Spring Elections
23rd March 6:30pm - 7pm
Falmer House Common Room
Come along to find out who will lead the Students' Union next year.
Results of the Spring Elections announced
23rd March 6:30pm - 7pm
Falmer House Common Room
Come along to find out who will be leading the Students' Union next year

Other elections