SU Elections

About the SU Elections

The Students' Union is a student-led democratic organisation, which is run by four Full-Time Officers, working full-time. Our four Full-Time Officers are elected (by you) annually (every February) to represent the entire student body every year.

The role of the four Full-Time Officers is to represent you on various issues, from your student experience, academic issues, welfare concerns and much more. They sit on lots of University committees and speak on your behalf to ensure that the University acts with your best interests in mind. Any student can stand in the elections and vote.

Our members (you) have the opportunity to influence the decisions our organisation makes. An important element of this input comes from our executive who are elected each year and sit on the SU Executive Committee. Our 15 voluntary Part-Time Officers are elected (by you) annually (every October). This year the executive is made up of 4 paid Full-Time Officers and 15 voluntary Part-Time Officers.

Why Should I Vote?

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

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Ensures that UoG 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.

5. 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.

Why are they important?

Students' Union elections are important because it is vital that you have the chance to vote for, the candidate you feel mirrors your views and will be committed to working hard for you and the student body.

During the Students' Union elections, each candidate will produce a written manifesto (this will be live to read on the SU website), this will outline what they would aim to achieve if elected into their chosen position.

Once elected, all representative will be supported by the Students Union staff team to achieve as many thing they have promised on their manifesto as possible.

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