Elections? Why Should I Care?

Whether you’re a candidate or a voter, the elections are a great opportunity to get involved with the Union and have your say.

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Members of the Union's Student Voice Team making the elections X symbol with their arms at the 2023.

Whether you’re a candidate or a voter, the elections are a great opportunity to get involved with the Union and have your say. From creating more extracurricular opportunities to championing for change on an academic course, elected officers are able to shape the Union and work with them to improve the student experience and represent the student voice.

There are a number of ways you can get involved, including:

  • Nominating yourself for a position
  • Spreading elections awareness with your peers
  • Engaging with the candidates
  • Voting!

You should care about elections because they directly impact your student experience, and it is an opportunity to ensure that those elected best represent your needs and interests. The Union of Students exists to represent you, provide you with lots of fun and exciting opportunities, and to make sure you have the best possible experience whilst studying at the University. A key part of this is running elections to ensure that the student voice is heard and that students have the opportunity to access a platform to make change within the University.

Throughout the year, your elected officers will strive to achieve the aims set out in their personal statements – ensure you give them all a read to see whose aims best align with what you want. Remember: you can rank the candidates, so if your first choice is eliminated your vote will be transferred to your second choice, and so on!

Change is at the heart of everything we do, and you are at the heart of every change we make. You can contribute to this change by getting involved in the elections!

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