BY-ELECTIONS 2018


CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED

Click on the candidates to view personal statements and manifestos.

NUS Delegate – Women’s Place:

Marta Szurmiej

Sophie Holden

Imogen Stratton

Simone Ziel

NUS Delegate – Open Place:

Riley Clowes

 


 

Canterbury Campus Executive Officer – HE Place:

Louise Hardy

Canterbury Campus Executive Officer – FE Place:

No candidate

Epsom Campus Executive Officer – HE Place:

No candidate

Epsom Campus Executive Officer – FE Place:

No candidate

Farnham Campus Executive Officer – HE Place

Clayton De Hann

Catherine McCaw-Aldworth

Imogen Stratton

Farnham Campus Executive Officer – FE Place

Madaline Adbrook

Rochester Campus Executive Officer – HE Place

Nelly Luckett

Pip Harris

Rochester Campus Executive Officer – FE Place

No candidate


This October UCASU will be hosting their annual By-Elections to elect the following positions:

12 x Campus Executive Officers
(comprising  1 x BA / MA, 1 x FE, and 1 x Open Place part-time voluntary positions per campus)

2 x NUS National Conference Delegates (1 x Open Place, 1 x Women’s Place)

Voting for these is really important! Campus Executive Officers campaign for issues you care about and work closely with the President/Vice-Presidents to make changes for students. NUS delegates represent UCA on a national level at NUS National Conference.


KEY DATES

Nominations open: 10am on Monday 8 October and close at 3pm on Friday 19 October.

Voting: 10am – 3pm Wednesday 24 October to Friday 26 October.

Results: Announced Friday 26 October via our website and social media outlets.


NOMINATIONS

Have a question or need help? Contact [email protected]

Nominations are now closed.


CAMPUS EXECUTIVE OFFICER

What is a Campus Executive Officer?

A part-time student officer that represents their campus. There are 12 in total – 3 per campus (made up of 1x FE place, 1x HE place, and 1x Open place).

 

What does a Campus Executive Officer do?

Campus Executive Officers are champions for their campus! They work with the President and Vice-Presidents on almost every aspect of life on campus, from campaigning to meeting up with clubs and societies’ leaders to running Student Forums. Campus Executive Officers make sure the Union knows what’s going on with students and helps to bring different student communities together.

Some of the things you will do as a Campus Executive Officer:

  • Run a student forum: Our forums are the best place to feedback about campus life or your course and take action together to better UCA
  • Take part in liberation groups: if elected officers identify into any of our four liberation groups, they would join the group to liaise with the liberation leaders and support liberation activities
  • Campaign: a huge part of the role of Campus Executive Officers, as well as UCASU President and Vice-Presidents, is campaigning. This year the elected officers are campaigning for better accessibility, improved access to art supplies, better representation of liberation groups within courses content, and much more. Campus Executive Officers not only support and inform our ongoing campaigns, but they can start their own with the support of the Union.
  • Bring student leaders together: part of being a Campus Executive Officer means reaching out to clubs and societies leaders, liberation leaders, and course reps making sure that they feel supported by the Union as well as knowing what’s going on with us, so they can get involved in campaigns and events they are be interested in.

 

How could this role benefit me?

Simone, previously a Campus Executive Officer, and now VP Surrey says:

“I was a Campus Executive Officer in 2016/17 and I loved my time being in that role. I was able to develop new skills which I have been able to practice in my role as Vice President – Surrey which include communication skills and more of an insight about running campaigns, to name the few. It also allowed me to understand the way the SU works and what they offer to students across how four campuses. It helped me during my final years as a student and my VP role.”

 

Being a Campus Executive Officer can benefit:

  • Your career – being a Campus Executive Officer is great extracurricular experience, which can give you an advantage as a graduate as it tells prospective employers that you’re ambitious and hard working.
  • Your studies – you can develop your time management skills, think critically, and get to know UCA from a different perspective, which can make your student experience easier.
  • Your social life – Campus Executive Officers spend a lot of time meeting new students, which makes this a great role for someone who wants to be more involved in campus life.
  • Your confidence – getting involved in campaigns and liaising with different groups of people can build up your self-confidence and your confidence in a professional setting.
  • Your professional skills – being a Campus Executive Officer can improve your communication skills, time management, public speaking, strategic and critical thinking, knowledge of politics and current affairs, people skills, and much more!

How can I become a Campus Executive Officer?

You get elected! To become a Campus Executive Officer, you need to nominate yourself for election between 8-19 October and submit a manifesto! Then you campaign for yourself after nominations close. We are holding candidate briefings on Tuesday 16, Thursday 18, and Friday 19 1.30-2pm in the SU office for more information. The October elections are quite low-key, and if you’re considering running in the main elections for a full-time officer position, running to be Campus Executive Officer is excellent preparation!

To nominate yourself, find the nomination link on our homepage from the 8th of October 2018.


NUS DELEGATE

What is NUS?

NUS is the National Union of Students. The voice of students nationally! They promote and defend student rights through the collective power of students. They campaign and influence national policy, taking on issues that affect the lives of students now and in the future.

UCASU belongs to NUS just like UCA students are part of UCASU.

 

What is a NUS Delegate?

NUS hold a National Conference every year where elected students and officers come together to debate policy, forming NUS campaigns for the following year. This may sound a little dull but, what it really means is that you get to be at the beginning of some massive national campaigns, from free education to the black attainment gap, as well as meet students from all over the country at the largest democratic event in Europe!

Being an NUS Delegate is an amazing opportunity to represent, vote, and take part in discussions on behalf of UCASU on a national scale. Attending conference is free, and accommodation and travel is covered by the Students’ Union!

In 2014, ‘Fair Representation on NUS Conference delegations’, a motion changing the rules on the make-up of delegation to national conference, was passed. This means that all delegations will be made up of 50% self-defining women. At UCASU, we have 1x Women position, and 1x Open Place position.

 

How can I become and NUS Delegate?

Just like being a Campus Executive Officer, you have to be elected! You need to nominate yourself for election between 8-19 October and submit a manifesto! Then you campaign for yourself after nominations close. We are holding candidate briefings on Tuesday 16, Thursday 18, and Friday 19 1.30-2pm in the SU office for more information. The October elections are quite low-key, and if you’re considering running in the main elections for a full-time officer position, running to be NUS Delegate is excellent preparation!

To nominate yourself, find the nomination link on our homepage from the 8th of October 2018.

 

Get in touch with Taylor Kane (Student Voice Coordinator) by email [email protected] or phone 01634 888 704 with any further questions!

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