Leadership Race | FAQs

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.


What is an Elected Student Officer?

Put simply, the Student Officer Team lead the Students’ Union. This means that they’re responsible for representing every student at Staffs, making sure that your voice is heard and that the University are making the best decisions for you. 

To ensure that the Union is truly student-led, the Officer Team are elected by students each year, and can be in position for a maximum of two years.

During their time at the Union they run various campaigns around the issues that matter most to students, and work hard to ensure that you have the best possible time at Staffs.

As we’re a registered charity, the Officer Team are also trustees of the organisation so they make big decisions about our staffing, finance and strategy.

Being a student officer is a full-time role that you could do after completing your studies or by taking one year out from your degree. You’ll be paid a competitive salary, offered endless training opportunities and walk away with unique and impressive experience to add to your CV.


An election?! That sounds scary!

To make sure that the Student Officer team are truly representative of our student body, they must be elected by students, in an annual election that we call the Leadership Race.

The Leadership Race involves three days of voting. During this time and prior to voting opening the candidates campaign to get as many votes as possible.

Campaigning in itself is an exciting and liberating, all be it tiring, experience. We’ll be there every step of the way to guide you through it and make sure that you’re putting your best self forward.

There are campaign training sessions sharing ideas and tips, online resources and the Student Voice Team on hand to help. During the voting period, there’s even candidates breakfast where we can all catch up about how everyone’s campaign is going and line our stomachs ready for the day.

You’ll make new friends, gain confidence and have fun. 


How can I get involved?

See, you’re tempted aren’t you?

Your first step would be to click the ‘register your interest’ link, that way we can send you up to date information and advice in the run up to nominations opening.

There’s no time like the present to start talking to people about you running, this way you can build your campaign team and when voting opens you’ll be off to a flying start.


It’s not for me but I know someone who would be great!

Have you got your eye on somebody who you think would be perfect for the role?

Click the ‘recommend a friend’ link to provide us with their details and we’ll send them an email suggesting that they consider nominating themselves.

Sometimes a little encouragement is all you need! If you like, you can even remain anonymous.

Interested? If you are, then get in touch.

E | studentvoice@staffs.ac.uk

Tel | 01782 294687