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Leadership Race 2020

This election is for the members of Staffordshire University Students' Union to choose their Full-Time Officers and Student Group Leaders for the 2020/21 academic year. Voters can also put a list of student priorities in order to help the Union understand what's important to them.

204 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 11:59 on Monday 2 March 2020 (in 10 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Tuesday 17 March 2020 (in 3 weeks and 4 days)

Post List
Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

The Leadership Race is our annual election for Students to choose their Full-Time Officer Team, Network & Student Group Committees and Department Reps for the following academic year. Want to nominate yourself? Join the race by clicking "Stand in Election".

Eligibility in Union Elections

In order to participate (nominate yourself and vote) in the Leadership Race you must be a Current Student and be a member of the Union on the eligibility deadline of midday on the 2nd March (the same as nominations closing.

Status as a Current Student depends entirely on how the University categorise you according to your progression through your course. Your status may change if you have handed in your final piece of work, your teaching has finished or if you are only completing resits this academic year.

have "opted in" and shared your data with the Students' Union by midday on the 2nd of March. You must also be a Current Student on that deadline day to be able to participate.

If you need more info on whether you are a Current Student (or will be at the deadline), or on how to "opt in" and share your data to become a member of the Union, please click here to find out more.

Which Roles are up for Election?

Full Time Officer

What is it? The Elected Officer Team are representatives of every Staffs Uni student. Those who are elected to this role will take a full year out of their studies (a sabbatical) to work solely on taking the student voice forward and creating a #BetterStaffs for everyone. As an Officer you receieve a salary and will spend time leading Gamechangers, networking with key decision makers at the University and lobbying on students' wants and needs at key Boards & Committees.

Officers are also Trustees of the Union as a chairty, meaning those elected are also responsible for making sure the Union is wel governed and run responsibly with transparency.

Why should I run? If you want to make a big positive impact for students that will stand the test of time, this is the role for you. If you're passionate about making Staffs better and keen create changes that help students, nominate yourself today! Plus, leading a charity that turns over £3.5million a year is a pretty good graduate job! Sound a bit daunting? It isn't! Every Officer that's ever been elected was "just a student". Its your experience as a student at Staffs that makes you the expert for this role.

Department Representative

What is it? Department Reps exist to make changes across groups of courses at our University. With one for every department of the University (e.g. Biology, Law, Midwifery etc), Department Reps work with Officers and their Course Reps to identify patterns in student ideas and difficulties that need addressing. Department Reps network with University decision makers and put forward the student voice at key meetings to have an impact for all those students in their department.

Why should I run? If you are a student who wants to have an immediate impact for a large group of people, then Department Rep could be for you. If you want to learn more about how the University works and spend time networking and negotiating with key staff like Heads of Department or Associate Deans, then nominate yourself now!

Student Group Committees

What is it? Each student group (including Representative Networks) has three Committee Posts: Manager, Finance and Communications. The people who are elected to these posts coordinate the activity of that group, making sure its inclusive, enagaging and hopefully has great outcomes for those involved.

Why should I run? All of our student groups are student run, so that means we need students to run them! Whether your passion is for tiddlywinks, social justice or gaming, stepping up for a committee role means shaping what that group does for its members. Groups can be the difference between simply coming to University and having the experience of a lifetime, so if you're interested in being part of people's memories, throw your name in the hat!

Top Priorities

What is it? Your Union always wants to better understand what students think is important, so we thought a good way to learn more would ask you! From a list of priorities that students have told us are important before, we want you to use our preferential voting system to choose their order of importance for you.

Recommend a Rep

Do you have a colleague, course mate or friend who you think would make an amazing Full-Time Officer, Department Rep, or Committee Member?

You can recommend them by completing this form and we'll be in touch with them to let them know someone thinks they'd be great for the role!

What's next up in the Leadership Race?

Once nominations close, we enter the "Meet the Candidates" phase of the Leadership Race. Once we've supported candidates to write their manifestos and build their campaigns, you'll be able to check them all out on this webpage and by attending one (or all!) of our three Candidate Question Time events on the 10th, 11th & 12th March. Check back for more info soon!

How does voting work?

It’s super simple; voters log into the Union website to vote for the candidates. Voters use 'preferential voting' as this allows for votes to be 'transferred' to other candidates, whether your favourite candidate is elected or not. This might all sound a little confusing, but here's a couple of videos to help explain...

What voting looks like on our website:

What Single Transferable Voting (STV) is and how it works:

Any questions?

Fancy a chat? Our friendly Student Voice Team are here to support candidates, voters and University staff. If you have any questions, problems or suggestions, please contact us using the details below.


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