Current Elections

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Students' Union Leadership Race 2019

This election is for the members of Staffordshire University Students' Union to choose their Full-Time Officers and Student Group leaders positions for 2019/20 academic year.

244 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 23:59 on Sunday 24 February 2019 (in 4 days and 8 hours)

The polls open at 09:00 on Tuesday 19 March 2019 (in 3 weeks and 5 days)

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The Leadership Race

Every year, the Leadership Race runs to determine who will lead your Students’ Union. Any student can put themselves forward for the role of Full-Time Officer, proposing a manifesto of their ideas and stances. Students vote to decide who should represent them through an anonymous online vote. The four candidates with the most votes will become your elected officer team for the following academic year.

This is our main election of the year – it’s to figure out who should lead the Students Union! ANY student can put themselves forward to be a Full-Time Officer/Vice President/President. You can use a manifesto to promote ideas for what you’d do to help students and the union.


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.


Telephone | 01782 294687



  • Academic Representatives (Course/Department) – October

  • NUS Delegation – November

  • Leadership Race – March


  • Student Trustee

  • Lay Trustee


Become a Trustee of a £3.4 million charity.

Trustees have overall control of a charity and are responsible for making sure it’s doing what it was set up to do. In the case of Staffs Students' Union, this is making sure that the Union is fulfilling it's core purpose of representing students' academic interests and that all of it's strategic and operational processes back this up. Trustees use their skills and experience to support their charities, helping them achieve their aims. Trustees also often learn new skills during their time on the board.


What is it?

The ‘Leadership Race’ is the election we run once a year to elect our four Full-Time Officers. These officers are students who want to lead the Union and ensure the voice of students are heard. It takes place over three days and candidates will be campaigning around campus, talking to students about their plans for the year and why they think you should vote for them.

Take a look at these videos from our YouTube channel, they’ll help explain everything you need to know!


You can also take a look at what the current full-time officers are up to here.

How is it done?

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 if your favourite candidate is elected or doesn't quite make the quota. This all sounds very confusing, but this handy video explains what single transferable voting (STV) is and how it works: