About the NUSU Elections

Looking for a job and want to lead your Students’ Union in 2019/20? Or perhaps you are studying for another year and want a voluntary role, representing your fellow students, whilst gaining skills, experience and references for your future career?

NUSU are running the Spring elections in March 2019. This is your chance to get some amazing experience and be a forefront of student leadership at Newcastle University. If running for a position  is not for you, then make sure you vote – have your say and make sure what matters to you is addressed by NUSU and the University.

Why get involved?


1. Make the Newcastle University experience even better.

This is your chance: What would you do for Newcastle students? In 17/18 alone, the officer team  got you all 50% off food on campus during exams, kept placement fees down, increased library break times to 30 minutes, gained free bus travel for those students at St Mary’s Halls, introduced a Guarantor scheme for students and even brought in some puppies for you all to come along and meet. 

2. Kick Start Your Career

Start your Career at the top of the tree, not the bottom. Not many graduates can say they are the Director of an organisation with a £4 million turnover within a year of graduating. Our officers often go on to fantastic careers and many organisations actively seek out SU officers for recruitment. You receive a comprehensive training package, including financial training by accountancy firm and mentoring from external professional trustees working in media, law, accountancy and IT. 

Ex officers are now employed in many roles including Deputy News Editor at ITV News, Co Producer at Sky Sports and Regional Director for Teach First. Last year’s officers have already begun exciting career paths in the European Parliament, as an Insights Analyst and an Alumni Officer at the University. 

3. Lead a unique and successful organisation

NUSU is a large and leading Students Union, winning Educate North’s Students Union of the year this year. We have a £3.5 million turnover, over 120 staff and over 5,500 volunteers. You will learn and lead on all student experience from the world of advice to elections, to event management to gross profit % in Luthers

4. You could experience the most challenging, fun and rewarding year of your life.

Every day and role is different - what starts with some intense teambuilding and training, then leads head on into Freshers’ Week, in between you could be issuing grants, organising a new varsity, appointing the new Chancellor and emerging at the end with the Grad Ball.

5. If you win your election, you will have secured yourself a full time graduate job earning over £19,000 per year and get to stay another year at Newcastle, whilst staying in touch with student life!

6. As an elections candidate, you will receive training on marketing, producing a video, budgeting and gain experience in running your campaign, all valuable experience whether you win or not. 

Our Part Time Officers get to be part of all this, but as a voluntary role, alongside their studies. Many Part Time Officers go on in future years to full time officer roles – for more information on why you should run for one of these roles, click here  

How to get involved.

Firstly, you need to decide if you wish to take a year placement/have completed your studies and take up a full time role or if you are studying in 19/20, if it is one of the Part Time roles you wish to fulfil. Then you need to decide which role to run for  

To stand in the election, you must complete an official nomination form and come up with some ideas on what you would do if you were successful in the role you are running for (this is called your manifesto)
The nomination is a simple process with basic details, including which position you wish to run for. You also need to submit your manifesto by the same deadline (see below)

The deadline for receipt of your nomination form is Thursday 21st February 2018  

Your manifesto should make it clear why students should vote for you and why you believe you’d be right for the job. Your manifesto must be submitted using the same portal as your nomination and the deadline is the same day of Thursday 21st February 2018 (midnight). If you wish to access training on How to Write a Manifesto, we have sessions being held on Friday 1st Feb 12.30-1.30pm; Wednesday 6th Feb 2-3pm and Monday 4th Feb 5.30-6.30pm, all in the MLK room on the first floor of NUSU.

Your manifesto for The Courier must be 200 words maximum.  It should also not be much shorter than this.

You will then receive full training on the elections process, how to run a campaign, producing a video (if you wish to do so) and you will have guidance and help throughout. 

Key Election Dates 

  • 12midnight Thursday 21st February: Nominations close and manifestos need submitting
  • Saturday 23rd February or Wednesday 27th February: Candidates Academy (training for all)
  • From 25th February to 15th March, optional training sessions including digital marketing and campaigning
  • 1pm Monday 18th March: Voting Opens
  • 12noon Thursday 21st March: Voting Closes
  • 7.30pm Friday 22nd March: Results Announced  

Not considering running for a position, then make sure you vote. It really is key to make sure NUSU can keep making change for you, the students of Newcastle!