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Part-Time Officer Elections 2014

This election is to choose the 7 Committee Chairs and 7 Liberation Officers who make up the Part-Time Officers who help to run the SU.

14 posts are up for election.

Nominations are now closed.

The polls open at 09:00 on Monday 27 October 2014 (in 6 days)

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UoG Students’ Union is a democratic organisation. This means that during the Elections you get to choose who will lead the SU for the following year, and act and speak on your behalf.

This year, as a Part-Time Officer, you will:

  • Sit on the Students’ Union Executive Committee to vote on policies and generally shape the direction of the Students’ Union
  • Have the opportunity to Chair a Committee of staff and students to discuss and help implement innovative ideas to improve the student experience in specific areas.

This year, the SU is trying to ensure that the Officers are more front-facing. This means that your face will be known around the University and the role will give you the opportunity to talk to loads of students!

Nominations for Part-Time Officers, Part-Time Liberation Officers, and the Sports Committee are open between 13th -17th October. You can view the positions you can stand for below. 

Voting for PTO elections will take place between the 27th-31st October.

Part-Time Officer Election Campaigning

As this is an election for Part-Time Officers, it won't be as big (or scary) as the elections for Full-Time Officers. You will be required to: 

-Produce a poster (the SU will put these up on boards around campuses for you)

-Produce a 1 minute video (if you need help doing this, the SU will help you create a simple one). Your videos can be longer than this, but remember that short videos will engage your audience better. Tips for producing a video can be on the Elections FAQ page. 

-Produce a manifesto-this is a description of the 3 main things that you would want to change/do in your role as a Part-Time Officer (tips for writing a manifesto are the Elections FAQs section). 

-Attend 1 Hustings event on the evening of Tuesday 28th October 2014. 

How to take part

Stand. Vote. Lead

All you need to run in the Students’ Union Elections is the desire to be the change, and make a stand for what you believe in! 

TO STAND

TO VOTE

  1. Login to the Students' Union wesbite, using your student number and password
  2. Choose the election you wish to stand in, from the list below
  3. Click the 'Submit Nomination' button. This button will appear once nominations open.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  5. Ensure you have submitted: A poster, a manifesto, a photo of your face
  6. Ensure you have read the Campaigning Guidelines
  7. Ensure you have read the Guide for Candidates
  8. Ensure you have attended a Candidates Briefing session

Make sure you have done everything on the candidate's checklist!

  1. Login to the Students' Union website using your student number and password
  2. Choose the election you wish to vote in, from the list below
  3. Click on 'Vote now'. This button will appear once voting is open.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen
  5. Ensure you have read all the candidates manifestos carefully, and choose wisely.

which roles are available?

You can stand for one of the following roles:

PART-TIME OFFICERS


education part-time officer

The role of the Education Part-Time Officer will be to chair the Education Committee, whose aim is to improve teaching and learning at the University of Gloucestershire. You will help to faciliate the Rep Scheme and act as a vital cog in the Students' Union to improve Education across the University, by gathering feedback on the teaching and learning and helping to run campaigns to make a change. You will also support the Full-Time Education Officer to organise and run the Student-Led Teaching Awards (SLTAs). You will sit on the SU Executive committee to make decisions and vote on policies to shape the direction of the SU


employability part-time officer

The role of the Employability Part-Time Officer will be to chair the 'Help you develop your skills' Committee, whose aim is to help the Students’ Union to provide opportunities and support to increase the employability/skills of its members. You will help to organise and run activities to assist our members in recognising and developing the skills they are gaining through their activities. You will sit on the SU Executive committee to make decisions and vote on policies to shape the direction of the SU.


events  part-time officer

The role of the Events Part-Time Officer will be to chair the Events Committee, whose aim is to help students to make friends and have fun. The Part- Time Events officer will support the President in organising and running a multitude of events including the annual summer ball. You will get a great insight into the Students' Union, and this will be a great opportunity for you to develop the skills on your CV.  You will sit on the SU Executive committee to make decisions and vote on policies to shape the direction of the SU.


sports  part-time officer

The role of the Sports Part-Time Officer will be to chair the Sports Committee whose aim is to help all students participate in sport. You will support the Full-Time Sports officer in their every-day activities, and help to oversee the teams delegate jobs to the Sports Committee. The Sports Committee will run a minor incidents panel to deal with day-to-day sports club issues, which you will chair to help make the final decisions on any matters arising. You will help the SU team with any sports related admin, including writing newsletters and updating the sports area of the website. You will have a great presence in the SU sports office, supporting the Sports Office team. You will sit on the SU Executive committee to make decisions and vote on policies to shape the direction of the SU.


sustainability part-time officer

The role of the Sustainability Part-Time Officer will be to chair the Sustainability Committee, whose aim is to ensure that the Students’ Union remains a sustainable organisation in everything that it does. The committee will also oversee the sustainability opportunities provided by the SU and the SU Green Fund. You will support societies who engage with any aspect of sustainability from the environment, to social justice. You will also act as a voice within the student body, encouraging discussion around sustainability. You will sit on the SU Executive committee to make decisions and vote on policies to shape the direction of the SU. 


volunteering part-time officer

The role of the Volunteering Part-Time Officer will be to chair the Volunteering Committee whose aim is to help students make a difference locally and globally. This committee will help students to get involved and engage in any volunteering opportunities the SU offers. You will support the SU in creating more volunteering opportunities for students. You will sit on the SU Executive committee to make decisions and vote on policies to shape the direction of the SU.


welfare part-time officer

The role of the Welfare Part-Time Officer will be to chair the Welfare Committee, whose aim is to support students safety, health and happiness. You will help the Students' Union to run campaigns to educate the student body on each of these areas. You will work with the Full-Time Community Officer and the liberation officers (e.g. black, international students) to run campaigns to support the welfare (and raise the profile) of each of these groups. You will sit on the SU Executive committee to make decisions and vote on policies to shape the direction of the SU.


liberation officers

It is important that all students in our University are represented and have a voice. To ensure this happens, your Students' Union elects 7 liberation officers who sit on Exec and represent the minority groups within the University body when decisions are being made. 

Each liberation officer is also invited to sit on any of the other committees that they are interested in to promote the voice of these groups within the committees. 


black students' officer

The Black Students' Officer is responsible for sitting on the SU Exec committee and ensuring the voice of all Black (and other ethnic minority) students', including African, Arab, Asian and Carribean are heard. They will help to run campaigns and activities to help ensure that this group of students are represented.


disabled students' officer

The disabled students' officer is responsible for sitting on the SU Exec committee and ensuring the voice of all disabled students' are heard. They will work with the Students' Union to help to ensure that disabled students are not discriminated against at either local or national levels (e.g. DSA cuts).


lgbt students' officer

The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trangendered) students' officer is responsible for sitting on the SU Exec committee and ensuring the voice of all LGBT students are heard. They will support the SU in running campaigns to ensure that this group of students are not discriminated against, and have their profile raised.


international students' officer

The International students' Officer is responsible for sitting on the SU Exec committee and ensuring the voice of all International Students is heard. They will run campaigns to help to integrate international and home students within our University community.


mature and part-time students' officer

The mature and part-time students' officer is responsible for sitting on the SU Exec committee and ensuring the voice of all mature and part-time students are heard. They will support the Students' Union in organising and running the mature student meet-ups, and will run campaigns to raise the profile of part-time students.


post-grad students' officer

The post-grad students' officer is responsible for sitting on the SU Exec committee and ensuring the voice of all post-grad students is heard.They will help to run campaigns and activities to help ensure that this group of students are represented and feel part of the Students' Union and University community.


womens'  officer

The womens' officer is responsible for sitting on the SU Exec committee and ensuring the voice of all female students is heard. They will work with the feminist society to run campaigns to raise the profile of female students. They will work with the Students' Union to promote the SU elections and encourage female students to run for officer positions, and particularly for the role of the NUS delegate.

 

 

 

Why should I vote?

Here are the TOP 5 reasons to cast your vote in this year’s SU Elections?

IT WILL AFFECT YOUR STUDENT EXPERIENCE

The SU Officers that are chosen by you will act and speak on your behalf for the whole year. This means that it’s important you choose a candidate who wants to change and improve things that will affect you as each candidate will have different ideas about what they want to change.

THE SU OFFICERS WORK HARD TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE STUDENTS AT UoG

SU Officers are influential in ensuring that you and your opinions are represented to the University. This helps to ensure that the changes that you want to see are made. They also work hard to campaign for things that will improve the lives of students, and demonstrate passion and enthusiasm throughout. Voting can help your candidates pursue their goals to achieve all of this.

YOU HAVE YOUR SAY

Even if your preferred candidate does not win, having your say in how you want things to be run is very important. It is a small, but significant way to lead changes within the University.

ENSURES THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE SU IS A FAIR AND DEMOCRATIC ORGANISATION

The more students who vote in SU elections, the more certain we can be that the officers have been elected in a democratic way. This means that we know that as many students as possible are happy with their new officers, and it will mean that the Officers will have more support behind them when they represent you.

YOUR VOTE CAN DECIDE THE RESULT

Every candidate works very hard to secure the votes of as many people as possible. Usually the result is very close, so every single vote counts.

AV Voting

AV Voting

Alternative Voting (AV) is a type of voting which is fairer and more democratic than ‘First Past the Post’ voting. It means that the successful candidate has support from the majority of voters, as more people will have voted for them (whether it be as their first, second or even third preference).

Here is a video to help you understand how AV voting works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y3jE3B8HsE


Got questions about the elections process? Check out the Elections Q&A page or email your Students' Union Representation and Democracy Coordinator, Jenny Barnes, at jbarnes@glos.ac.uk