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Make a change and run for election

Nominations are now open for the Students’ Union Spring elections. The Students’ Union is a charity run by students, for students, to promote the interests of students, and these elections allow students to choose their representatives.

You don’t need any experience - just enthusiasm and ideas for making students’ lives better. You’ll receive lots of training and support from staff and your fellow students, and there are a range of positions to suit everyone.

You could be one of six Full-Time Officers, or four Part-Time Officer positions, or a Union trustee. You can read about all the posts and nominate yourself at www.sussexstudent.com/elections - nominations close on 26th February at 9am.

The six Full-Time Officers lead the Students’ Union for a year, either after they graduate or by taking a break in their studies. Each officer has a different area of responsibility, and alongside the four Part-Time Officers form the Executive Committee which oversees the day-to-day running of the Union.

  • The President is the figurehead of the Students’ Union, is responsible for the Union’s democratic structures and oversees our commercial services, such as our shop and our bars.
  • The Welfare Officer is responsible for equality and diversity including, student health, mental health and our well-being work. They also support liberation of minority groups alongside the Part-Time Officers and champion students rights and safety on campus.
  • The Undergraduate Education Officer supports the undergraduate Student Reps and represent undergraduate students to the University.
  • The Postgraduate Education Officer supports the postgraduate Student Reps and represent postgraduate students to the University.
  • The Activities Officer promotes and celebrates the Union’s vast range of sports clubs, societies and student media, as well as ensuring they are accessible for all students. They also help encourage student engagement with the Students’ Union.
  • The Society and Citizenship Officer works on and supports the Union’s ethical and environmental projects, promotes student involvement in the Union, the University and wider world, and oversees the Union’s work on private sector housing.

You can find out what the current Full-Time Officers do on our website, including their monthly accountability reports which provide updates on their progress towards the Students’ Union annual priorities.

Five Part-Time Officers represent five liberation groups: Women students, Ethnic Minorities Students, LGBTQ+ Students, Trans and Non-Binary Students, and Students with Disabilities. These students are volunteers and hold their post during their studies. You must be from the relevant group to run for and vote in these elections. You can find more information about being a Part-Time Officer on our website.

More information

To find lots of hints and tips, or to sign up for more information on elections head to www.sussexstudent.com/itcouldbeme.

You can nominate yourself at www.sussexstudent.com/elections. Nominations close at 9am on 26th February.

Want to find out more about running for election? We’re hosting several information sessions in Meeting Room 1 next month to help you!

  • 5th February, 3-3:30pm

  • 8th February, 12-12:30pm

  • 19th February, 11-11:30pm

  • 22nd February, 1-1:30pm

Need some ideas for your manifesto? Check out our policy generator for some fun (and maybe some serious) policies to include!

If you have any questions, get in touch with Juliette, Representation and Democracy Coordinator - juliette.c@sussexstudent.com.

 

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