Build a Better Union

If you want to know more about any positions, see below.

If you’re ready, start the process with Step 1 – Write Your Manifesto

Campus Officer Positions

Campus Officer are full time paid positions in the Union, running from 1 July 2016 to the 30 June 2017. Each campus elects one Officer to represent their campus. You can take a year out of your studies or start after you graduate.

As a team, the Campus Officers make day-to-day decisions about all levels of the Union’s activities, focusing on making changes to positively affect students’ lives.

Trustee and Governor Positions

Governors and trustees are part of the most important meetings in the university and the union – The University Board of Governors and The Union Trustee Board. These two boards have ultimate responsibility for the university and are involved in all major financial and strategic decisions. Students have positions on both boards – positions you could fill!

All Campuses –
Student Trustee x 3
Student Trustee Post Graduate
Student Governor (University position)

NUS Delegate Positions

Every year, the Union sends two representatives to the National Union of Students (NUS) Conference. NUS are a confederation of 600 students’ unions, which decides the priorities for the student movement and elects all of the national officers for the following year, including the NUS President.

All Campuses –
NUS Delegate x 2 *
*One position is reserved for a woman delegate.

If you’re not sure what the position involves or whether you will have time to fit it in with your studies, get in touch with Nate or Katie at the SU.

Nate Murdoch
Democracy Coordinator
01227 81 7412

Katie Badman
Head of Membership Engagement
01634 88 8754

Elections Timeline



A manifesto says who you are, what you want to do and why people should vote for you.


  • Tell students what you are going to do
  • Show students you understand their experiences
  • Show students you will deliver the change they want.
  • Appeal to as many people as possible.
  • Use your creativity!

election manifesto example


Once you have your manifesto, you’re ready to nominate yourself! 

  • Fill in the form below.
  • Make sure you have the other students’ ID numbers for the form.
  • Make sure you have their permission too!!!
  • You will be asked to confirm that you are eligible to run for the position (e.g. If you are running to be a Women’s Officer, you have to be a woman!)
  • Don’t miss the deadline!

Nominations Open Monday 15 February at Midday.


  • Get out and see students
  • But listen as much as you speak!
  • Centre your campaign around an idea or a couple of ideas
  • Keep your message clear
  • Communicate your message in a fun and interactive way.
  • Remember to get your ideas to all the campuses to maximise the number of votes you can get.
    Grab attention but remember, make a positive impression – don’t be breaking any laws.

We will give you a campaign budget to do this with. Full guidance on campaigning and rules will be provided at the candidates briefing.


To make things fair for all candidates, we regulate the elections through a set of published rules. These can be seen here.