What are the student elections?
Every year, NUSU holds a Student Election to determine which students will take on the responsibility and position of our Officer Team. We have 7 paid, full-time Sabbatical Officer positions & 10 voluntary Liberation Officer & Chair positions available for the 2020-21 academic year. From the President of the SU to the Athletic Union Officer, Welfare & Equality Officer to Postgraduate Officer, our full-time positions will become your dedicated job at the Students' Union for the entire 2020/21 academic year. If you want the highest responsibility of representing students & aspects of student life on campus, these roles are for you. Find out more about our Sabbatical Officers & Liberation Officers and Chairs by following the links below.
The Student Elections is one of the most exciting parts of the year at the Students' Union. Students will nominate themselves for any of the roles, then run their election campaigns using a small budget we provide to rally students behind them. Once nominated and manifestos are in, we hold election training for the candidates and then they launch their campaigns & election videos which run throughout Campaigns Week. All students will then have the chance to vote for whichever students they want to see in the Officer roles during this week. At the end of the week, during Elections Night the results are announced and a new Officer team (& family) are added to the history books.
The deadline for nominations is midday (12 noon) Thursday 20th February.
Why become a paid sabbatical Officer?
Make the Newcastle University experience even better. This is your chance: What would you do for Newcastle students? In 18/19 alone, the officer team lobbied the University to become the first University to give students access to free sanitary items, negotiated a rent reduction of 3.6% for all non-en-suite University-owned accommodation and ensured Post-grads and re-sit students have extended Library hours this Summer.
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 £4.5 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 sabbatical 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.
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 £4 million turnover, over 120 staff and over 6,500 volunteers. You will learn and lead on all student experience matters from advice to elections, to event management to gross profit % in Luthers and the Coop.
You could experience the most challenging, fun and rewarding year of your life. Every day and role is different - what starts with some intense team building 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 the other end at the Grad Ball.
Getting paid for your role. If you win your election for a sabbatical officer role, you will have secured yourself a full-time graduate job earning over £19,500 per year and get to stay another year at Newcastle, whilst staying in touch with student life!
Training & Experience. 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.
Why take on a voluntary Officer role?
Our Liberation Officers and Chairs get to be part of all this, but as a voluntary role, alongside their studies. Many Liberation Officers go on in future years to full-time sabbatical roles – for more information on why you should run for one of these roles, click here.
How do you get involved?
Firstly, if you wish to run for a full-time Sabbatical Officer you don't have to be a student in their final year - if you are not looking to graduate when this role is in effect, you are able to take a year out from your studies to take on the role. If it is one of the voluntary roles you wish to fulfil, you will need to be a current student in the 2020-21 academic year as you will be taking on this role alongside your studies. All you need to do after working this out is 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 20th February 2020
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 separately to your nomination via the 'Submit your Manifesto' form in the Resources tab and the deadline is the same day of Thursday 20th February 2020 (midday).
If you are unsure on whether to run or not or would like to find out more on the process and writing a manifesto, attend one of our information sessions ‘Want to know more about the student elections?’ on the following dates:
8th January 2020, 12pm-1pm - MLK room, floor 1 NUSU
22nd January 2020, 2pm-3pm - MLK room, floor 1 NUSU
6th February 2020, 4pm-5pm - MLK room, floor 1 NUSU
13th February 2020, 11am-12pm - MLK room, floor 1 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. If you decide to run, then we have a full Candidates’ Academy in late Febraury - we have two dates available.
What are the key dates I need to know?
Nominations deadline: Thursday 20th February, midday.
Manifesto deadline: Thursday 20th February, midday.
Candidates Academy (attend one): Saturday 22nd Feb or Wednesday 26th Feb
Video Submission deadline: Monday 2nd March, midday
Printed Publicity deadline: Monday 9th March, 10am
Non-printed publicity deadline: Wednesday 11th March, 10am
Candidates Question Time: Monday 16th March, 12pm
Voting open: Monday 16th March, 1pm to Thursday 19th March, 12pm
Results: Friday 20th March, 7pm
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!