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About the Students' Union Leadership Elections


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


The role of the four Full-Time Officers is to lead and represent you on various issues, from your student experience, academic issues, welfare concerns and much more. They sit on University committees and speak on your behalf of you to ensure that the University acts with your best interests in mind, any student can stand in the leadership elections and vote. If elected, you be able to do lots of fun stuff and ensure the student experience is the best it can be.

For more information on becoming a candidate, check out our guide here.  



Why should I Vote in the Leadership Elections?


Voting in the Leadership Elections gives you a say in who is going to represent you during your time at University. Not only will you will be voting for your preferred candidates but you will be directly influencing how your Students’ Union is run in the future. It’s super easy to vote all you need is your student number.





Take a look at the roles you can stand for below, if you have any questions at all please get in touch


Education Officer



The Education Officer is responsible for representing students on all educational issues, ensuring that the academic experience is of a high standard for all. They will be involved in the construction and delivery of the Course Rep and Subject Rep System. Ensure the academic experience is shaped by the students who receive it. They also will support students through academic appeals/complaints and academic breach procedures. The Education officer will stay aware of the national developments in higher education, making sure that the Union is campaigning on relevant educational issues as well as being ultimately answerable to students!

Salary and Benefits

  • £18,030 per annum
  • 25 days annual leave + 8 Public Holidays and 3 University Christmas Closure Days
  • Free tickets to Your Students' Union events and activities

Current Officer Contact

Email Phoebe for more information


Download Job Description






The Students’ Union President is the business figurehead of the SU. They are responsible for ensuring that the Union develops alongside the 3 year strategic plan, working with officers and staff so that the Union runs as a sustainable organisation and that it campaigns successfully for the student body. They are the main liaison to external bodies such as the County Councils, the police, NUS and the media. The SU President will ensure that all students are engaged in the Union and have the opportunity to shape what we do and be involved in activities. They will chair various committees, co-ordinate the SU Annual report are ultimately answerable to students!

Salary and Benefits

  • £18,030 per annum
  • 25 days annual leave + 8 Public Holidays and 3 University Christmas Closure Days
  • Free tickets to Your Students' Union events and activities

Current Officer Contact

Email Imaani for more information


Download Job Description


Sports Officer



The Sports Officer is responsible for the running of SU sport, working with the Sports Co-Ordinator to enable as many students as possible to access sport, train and play. They will look to promote a Sport For All ethos, enabling participation for students of all abilities and backgrounds, as well as upholding disciplinary procedures and a supportive environment. The Sports Officer is responsible for organising and delivering events such as the Sports Naked Charity Calendar, Sports Reunion, Varsity events and the Sports Awards Dinner. They are required to manage the SU sports budget and be the SU’s representative for BUCs regionally and nationally. They are also ultimately answerable to students!

Salary and Benefits

  • £18,030 per annum
  • 25 days annual leave + 8 Public Holidays and 3 University Christmas Closure Days
  • Free tickets to Your Students' Union events and activities

Current Officer Contact

Email George for more information


Download Job Description


Welfare Officer



The Welfare Officer is responsible for ensuring that the Union supports and promotes the welfare of all students as well as providing opportunities for students to engage in the community. They will look to co-ordinate and deliver campaigns around advice, sexual health, equality and guidance as well as supporting students with concerns. The Welfare Officer will look to strengthen participation within the on campus student community, as well as the local community, including participation of students living at home. They are also ultimately answerable to students!

Salary and Benefits

  • £18,030 per annum
  • 25 days annual leave + 8 Public Holidays and 3 University Christmas Closure Days
  • Free tickets to Your Students' Union events and activities

Current Officer Contact

Email Gemma for more information


Download Job Description


Important Dates


Find out all important info about the leadership elections process at one of our drop in sessions.

Information Sessions



Monday 20th January 2020 12pm-1pm The Living Room: Park Campus
Tuesday 21st January 2020 10am-2pm The SU New Year's Fayre: Oxstalls Link Corridor
Wednesday 22nd January 2020 11am-1pm FCH SU Office

If you want to stand in the leadership elections, nominations is where you nominate yourself to stand for a position.  Once you have nominated yourself, you will then be able to upload your manifesto. Once completed, you will receive a confirmation email to upload your poster.


Time: (nomination are open for 16 days):


Monday 27th January 2020 12pm onwards Online
Wednesday 12th February 2020 12pm close Online

Candidates briefing is compulsory for you to attend. At this session you will find out all the rules, hear great tips and learn how to effectively campaign. After the briefing you will be allowed to start actively campaigning. 

Candidates Briefing:



Thursday 20th February 2020 12pm – 2pm Room and campus TBC

Voting is open and accessible to all students 24 hours a day for 7 days. All you need is your student number and password.




Friday 21st February 2020 3pm onwards Online
Friday 28th February 2020 3pm closes Online



Frequently Asked Questions


What is a manifesto?


If you have never stood in an election before, it is unlikely you will ever have heard of a manifesto! Simply put, a manifesto is a (short) document that you produce as a candidate, that outlines who you are and what you want to do in your year as a particular officer.

The best manifestos are not too information heavy, and state clearly what and how you will achieve what you set out to do.

It is often a good idea to choose some key areas (around 3) to focus on that you think need the most work. Consider what you have found difficult or frustrating about your time here. Now is your chance to change it!


An Example Manifesto


My name is Elle Lections, I'm a third year Education Studies Student, and I'm running to be your Welfare Officer. I have been heavily involved in societies at UoG and I believe I can improve the SU further and engage more students.

So what do I want to change?


Mental Health Awareness

I want to promote and run a mental health campaign throughout the year to minimise the stigma that surrounds mental health whilst encouraging people to speak out and use the fantastic services that this university provides.

Open Door Policy

I want to set up an open door policy where there is a designated amount of drop in time at each campus. This drop in session would be on top of bookable appointments, and would be for people to talk to me if they would like to chat about their concerns or to get problems off their chest. I want to take up the opportunity to be the students voice.

Societies Development

I will support societies to help them continue with their positive development. One way I aim to do this is by setting up a societies committee so that I am able to give each society an opportunity to voice their opinions and be heard.



What do I need to do during the elections?









    • Write a manifesto. This will need to be done when you submit your nomination.
  1. Create a poster. When you have created your poster, you will need to send it to the SU. We will print the posters, and put 1 from each candidate up on each campus. We will then give you a few more to put up around the university.
  2. Attend Candidates Briefing. It is compulsory that you attend as we will be running over the rules and regulations.
  3. Hustings/ Question Time. Hustings are where candidates are asked questions about what they want to do with their year as officer. The night has a great atmosphere, and it is a fantastic opportunity for all students to find out about their candidates.
  4. Social media. You can campaign quite effectively using social media. You can start doing this immediately after the candidates briefing.
  5. Talk to people. You can go out and actively campaign.
  6. Results Night. Results night will be held in the new Park Bar; The Living Room. This is where your new Full-Time Officers will be announced!


How can I utilise Social Media?


Click here to download a powerpoint on successful social media.



I want to produce a campaign video


Videos are another really great way to help publicise your campaign.

The Students' Union will be able to help all candidates produce a simple video.

Or you can be the director and creator of your own video, try the examples here or here.

Remember that the aim of the video is to get your message out to students about what your policies are, and why they should vote for you!


What is an NUS conference delegate?


The NUS National Conference is the highest decision making body within the NUS. This year the conference will be held in Scotland (dates TBC). The conference is attended by over 1,200 delegates from the 600+ Students’ Unions which are affiliated to the NUS.

An NUS conference delegate is someone who attends the NUS national conference. During the conference, the delegate must vote on the behalf of all of the students of The University of Gloucestershire, about various things such as who is going to run the NUS for the next year (e.g. who will be the next President/Vice President/ Liberation Officers), and also to choose the priorities of the NUS for the next year.

To find out what the NUS is currently working on visit their webpage here



What is the NUS?


The NUS stands for National Union of Students and almost all Students’ Unions in the UK are members of the NUS. You may have heard of the NUS, for example on the NUS extra card, which provides you with money off at various outlets; however, the NUS does much, much more than this.

The primary mission of the NUS is to promote, defend and extend the rights of students, as well as develop and champion strong Students’ Unions. They campaign on issues such as higher education funding, as well as helping Students’ Unions in their activities, by representing and supporting them, and offering services to students.

As a Students’ Union, we are affiliated to the NUS. This means that we get to have our say (through voting) in who runs the NUS and how it is run.

You can check out the NUS webpage here, for more information about what the NUS is and does.


Candidate Welfare


The Elections Committee which is a team comprised of a Returning Officer (Stewart Dove), a Deputy Returning Officer, an Elections Chair, and 2 student members are responsible for the welfare of all the candidates.

Any concerns, queries or complaints should be made known to this committee.

The Elections period, whilst very rewarding will also be very tiring. So make sure you remember to eat and sleep enough, and don't fall behind on your university work.




Still have questions?