What are elections?

The SU runs elections so you can decide who should be the next group of students to run and lead SU activity. Most of the non-academic activities here at Bath are run through the SU, and there are lots of positions you could vote in or nominate yourself for including full-time paid positions and part-time voluntary positions. Elected students then set the direction of the SU, decide on student policy, and run campaigns and events to improve students' lives.

Students sit on several University committees, two of the most important being Senate and Council, Senate, Students’ Union (CSSU), each chaired by the Vice Chancellor.  The students who sit on these committees are elected from the student body.
The leaders of The SU are the six SU Officers, who are also elected from and by the student body to lead the direction of The SU and represent your views throughout the year. They support a wide range of services, activities and events to help you make the most of your time here at Bath. 

Who can get involved?

Anyone! All registered student at the University of Bath, in whatever, year, whether postgraduate or undergraduate, home or international, may stand and vote.
Some elections are limited to the members of a particular group.  For example, only postgraduates may stand for, or may vote in, elections for the Postgraduate Association Executive (not to be confused with the election for the Postgraduate Officer, where only postgraduates may stand but any student may vote).

When are they held?

Elections run throughout the academic year for different positions across The SU. For a full timetable of 2017/18 elections, click here

What roles are there?

Click on any of the role titles below, to find out more about each of our elected roles, including who can stand and vote, and who to ask for more information.

Students' Union Elections
Students' Union Officers (SU President, Sports Officer, etc)Read more...
Any student can run to be a Students' Union Officer. Officers are paid and live and work on campus for a year. They are responsible for the strategic direction of the Union, as well as being here to represent you to the University and also nationally and internationally. This is a very rewarding experience, a fantastic opportunity for self-development and it looks great on your CV.
Places available: Six: Students' Union President, Sports Officer, Activities Officer, Community Officer, Education Officer and Postgraduate Officer.
Who can stand in this election? Any student. .
Who can vote: All students 
Who can I ask about this election? Find out more on the Run for Officer page on Bathstudent.com or contact any of the current Officers.
Voting system: The SU uses the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system for these elections.
Students' Union Officers' Job Descriptions
The SU President is responsible for issues which affect the whole student body. These have included issues such as transport and public relations. He/she co-ordinates the team of Officers and leads on the Students’ Union finances and mainstream campaigns and represents the Media area of the Students’ Union.
The Sports Officer is responsible for the Sports area of the Students' Union and sports representation of all students to the University.
The Activities Officer is responsible for all societies, training and development programmes, JobLink and the Enterprise centre.  Ethical and environmental issues also fall within this Officer's remit.
The Community Officer is responsible for representing all students both individually and collectively, by running appropriate campaigns and supporting student groups. He/she leads on community issues and volunteering and on postgraduate and international student issues. This Officer also supports the Think! volunteers in their individual awareness campaigns, and, together with VP Education, represents students at academic reviews and appeals.
The Education Officer is responsible for the academic representation of all students to the University and other relevant bodies. Along with the Community Officer, he or she also represents students at academic reviews and appeals.
Postgraduate Officer
This post was approved in January 2016.  For the first year, the role is very much a developmental one and the job role contained in Regulation 6 is being reviewed in the light of experience.  Whilst the role will remain substantially the same, candidates should bear in mind that the job role will be slightly different from that currently in force and should speak to the current postholder about what changes are likely to be proposed.  As the title suggests, the specific duty of this postholder is to research and represent the interests of postgraduate students and to develop an active postgraduate community.  The post is only open to postgraduate students, though all students will be able to vote for this post.
Council/Senate/Students’ Union (CSSU) RepsRead more...
The CSSU is an important University committee, chaired by the Vice Chancellor, and it provides an opportunity for students to join Officers and liaise with the University’s most senior figures on the complete range of student issues.  Each year, following analysis of research over the previous year, the SU decides upon ten issues which are clearly a priority for students here at Bath, called (neatly) the Top Ten Issues.  This year's Top Ten Issues can be found here.  These Top Ten Issues form part of the agenda for CSSU meetings.
Places available: Three
Who can stand in this election? Any current student.
Who can vote? All students. 
Who can I ask about this election? The Students’ Union President or Education Officer.
What are my responsibilities? You will represent the views of students at the University of Bath and not your own personal views.  These views are obtained through a variety of research methods and you must attend briefing and debriefing sessions before and after all meetings of Council, Senate, Students' Union.  There are four meetings over the year. Dates of the briefing and debriefing sessions can be obtained from the Advice & Representation Centre or the Education Officer.
The full job description can be found here.
Hall RepsRead more...
As a Hall Rep, you can help make the most of your first year or your time in halls. You'll get to organise yourselves to compete for the crown of best hall and have the chance to shape the opportunities the Students' Union offers you.
Places available: 71 in total 
Who can stand in the election? Any first-year student.
Who can vote? All first-year students. 
Who can I ask about this election? See the Hall Reps page for further information, or talk to the Community Officer
Volunteer Liaison
There are several student activity groups which fall within the Volunteer area.  These groups are so different from each other that they are not run by the usual sub-group executive committee.  However, this has meant that they might not have representation where they should on other Students' Union committees.  From this year, therefore, a single representative will be elected to liaise with the volunteer groups and represent them.  Any student may stand for this post but only student members of the Volunteer area can vote.
Places available: One.
Who can stand in the election? Any student. 
Who can vote? Students from the Volunteer area.
Who can I ask about this election? The Community Officer
What are my responsibilities? The job description can be found here.
 
Executive CommitteesRead more...
Spring Executive Committees
Bath University Students' Union has nine ‘sub-groups’ which focus on one area of the Students’ Union, such as sports, societies or academic representation. Each sub-group is co-ordinated by an Executive Committee, elected from that sub-group to oversee the work of the area and plan and organise area-wide activities.  Of the seven sub-groups, four are elected in spring for the following year (including most of the Academic Executive (see the Faculty Reps section).
Places available: Varies by Executive Committee
Who can stand in the election? For all but the Diversity & Support Executive, any member of that particular sub-group or area. For example, for Societies Executive, this is any member of a society. For the Sports Association Executive, it is any member of the Sports Association. The Diversity & Support Executive is an exception: any student may stand or vote in this election. 
Who can vote? Any student who can stand can vote. 
Who can I ask about this election? The area’s Officer – see the area’s page on Bathstudent.com for more details.
Autumn Executive Committees – PGA & ISA
Two Executive Committees are elected at the start of Semester 1: the Postgraduate Association Executive (PGA) and the International Association Executive (ISA), which represent and co-ordinate activities for postgraduate and international students respectively. The other Executive Committees (see Spring Executive Committees) also run by-elections to fill any vacant posts for the year.  The Academic Exec is elected once the Academic Rep elections held immediately the year starts, are finished.
Places available: Varies by Executive Committee.
Who can stand in this election? Any postgraduate student can run for the Postgraduate Association Executive, and any non-UK student can run for the International Association Executive. By-elections use the same rules as in spring.
Who can vote? Those students who are eligible to stand in the election.
Who can I ask about this election? For either the PGA or ISA elections, contact the Postgraduate & International Co-ordinator in the Advice & Representation Centre, or the Education Officer for PGA queries and Community Officer for ISA queries.  
Diversity and Support Executive Committee
Normally, this Executive Committee will be elected as part of the Spring Executive Committee elections. 
The Diversity & Support Exec co-ordinates and supports the Diversity & Support Groups.  The Executive Committee consists of a representative from each of these groups and five open posts elected from all students.
Places available: Three: Chair, Publicity Officer and Treasurer
Who can be elected? Any student. 
Who can vote? Any student. 
Who can I ask about this election? The Community Officer
Society, club and other activity group committeesRead more...
The Students’ Union has over 135 student activity groups, covering societies, sport, media, volunteering, enterprise and diversity and support.  Each one is organised by an elected committee of students.
Places available: Three plus per committee.
Who can be elected? Any student who is a member of a group can run for the committee of that group.
Who can vote? Every member of a group can vote in that group’s election.  
Who can I ask about this election? The current committee for each group, or the area’s Officer: Activities Officer (Arts, Societies, Training & Enterprise), Sports Officer (Sports clubs), Community Officer (Diversity & Support groups, Volunteering) or the Students' Union President (Media).
Equality & Diversity RepresentativesRead more...
There are two University committees, which consider matters of equality & diversity at the Unviversity, on which elected student representatives sit:
Equality & Diversity Committee and Equality & Diversity Network, which is a sub-committee of the Equality & Diversity Committee.

1. The Equalities & Diversity Committee is responsible to University Council and Senate for the promotion of equality of opportunity across the University.  It is chaired by the University Secretary and consists of representatives from the University support services, Council, Senate, the SU and two elected student members.  There are four meetings in the year.
Places available: Two
Who can stand in the election?  All students. 
Who can vote?  All students.  
Who can I ask about this election?  The Community Officer
What are my responsibilities?  To attend the University's Equalities & Diversity Committee and represent students to that forum and to sit on the SU's Diversity & Support Exec.
A full job description will be available shortly.

2. The Equalities & Diversity Network has a broad and representative membership, which includes both staff and students.  It provides a forum for consultation on equality and diversity issues.  Four student representatives, elected from and by the whole student body, sit on this forum.  These students also form part of the Students' Union Diversity & Support Executive.
There are two posts up for election this year as the Disability Rep and International Rep are the NUS representatives to Disabled Students Conference and International Students Conference respectively (see NUS elections below).  The posts up for election here are: Gender Equality Rep and Race Equality Rep.
Places available: Two: Race Equality Rep and Gender Equality Rep
Who can stand in the election? Any current student. 
Who can vote: All students. The election takes place in the second semester with by-elections at the beginning of the year for unfilled posts. 
Who can I ask about this election? The Community Officer.
What are my responsibilities? To attend the University's Equalities & Diversity Network and represent students to that forum and to sit on the SU's Diversity & Support Executive.  
The full role description for these posts can be found here
 
Academic Elections
Academic RepsRead more...
Academic Reps are elected by students on their course to represent them to their department through the Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) and to the University through Academic Council.
Places available: Varies by course and department.
Who can stand in the election? Any current student.  
Who can vote? All students – for their year/course/programme’s rep(s) only. 
Who can I ask about this election? Contact the Advice and Representation Centre, or talk to the Education Officer.     
Visit the Academic Representation pages on BathStudent.
Faculty RepsRead more...
Faculty Reps raise issues and suggestions about academic matters at faculty/school level and sit on a number of faculty/school committees. They also make up the Students’ Union Academic Executive Committee, run a number of campaigns and lobby the University on a wide range of academic issues.
Places available: 16 in total. Four per faculty: two undergraduate (UG) students, one postgraduate taught (PGT) student and one postgraduate research (PGR) student.
Who can stand in the election? Any student can stand for the corresponding position within their faculty or school. Most are elected in the spring for the following year, but postgraduate taught reps (and any unfilled positions) are elected at the start of Semester 1 in the Autumn.
Who can vote? All students – for the corresponding reps in their faculty or school.
Who can I ask about this election? Education Officer.
Senate RepsRead more...
Senate Reps
Senate Reps are responsible for representing the interests of students to the University’s highest academic decision-making body. Senate Reps are also members of the Students' Union’s Academic Executive (see the information on Faculty Reps).
Places available: Two (one undergraduate, one postgraduate).  The postgraduate rep is elected in October 2014 and the undergraduate rep (for 2015/16) is elected in Spring 2015.
Who can stand in the elections? Any undergraduate may stand for the undergraduate post and any postgraduate may stand for the postgraduate post.  
Who can vote? All undergraduates can vote for the undergraduate rep and all postgraduates can vote for the postgraduate rep.
Who can I ask about this election? Education Officer.
What are my responsibilities? As with Council, Senate, Students' Union Committee above, you will represent the views of students and not your own personal views.  These views are obtained through a variety of research methods and you must attend briefing and debriefing sessions before and after all meetings of Senate.  There are five meetings in the year.  Dates of the briefing and debriefing sessions can be obtained from the Advice & Representation Centre or the Education Officer.

 

 

NUS Conference Delegates
NUS Delegates join the Students’ Union President in attending the NUS National Conference. This is not only immensely fun, but a chance to shape the workings of the national student campaign and represent Bath students within it. 
Places available: Three.
Who can stand in the election? Any current student.  
Who can vote: All students. 
Who can I ask about this election? The Students’ Union President.
What are my responsibilities? You will uphold the views and policy of the Students' Union.  You will attend as many debates as possible at National Conference and you will be held accountable for your conduct.  You will attend briefing sessions prior to Conference and you may be asked to attend regional NUS events.  You will provide a written report about the Conference on your return.  You will also sit on the National Representatives Group, which is chaired by the SU President.
Your travel and accommodation costs will be paid for by the Students' Union. 
A full job description can be found here.
Women's Conference
This forms one of six of NUS' Liberation Campaign Conferences through which the NUS works to promote equality & diversity.  Representatives pass liberation campaign policy, elect campaign officers and campaign committees and hold campaign committees to account.

The NUS Women’s Campaign exists to represent and empower women students, to combat sexism in all its forms and to ensure that women’s voices are heard and valued. It is an autonomous campaign within the NUS. This means that its policy is debated and decided upon only by self defining women members and the campaign is led entirely by women.

Places available: One.
Who can stand in the election? Any student who self defines as a woman. 
Who can vote? All students.  
Who can I ask about this election? The SU Community Officer
What are my responsibilities? You role is to represent the views of women students at the University of Bath. You will attend the NUS Women's Conference (exact dates to follow) as the SU's representative.  You will uphold the views and policies of the Students' Union. You will attend as many of the debates as possible and will provide a written report on the Conference on your return. You will attend briefing sessions and sit on the SU's National Representatives Group, which is chaired by the SU President.  Your travel and accommodation costs will be paid for by the Students' Union.
A full job description can be found here.
Please note: This representative is not the Gender Equality Rep.  NUS requirements state that the person who attends Women's Conference must self-define as a woman.  At this University, students decided some years ago that they did not want a Women's Officer but a Gender Equality Representative as they felt that this was less discriminatory.  Therefore, the Gender Equality Rep may be either a self-defining male or female.  A male Gender Equality Rep would not be able to attend Women's Conference and for this reason this SU only elects a woman to attend Women's Conference in order to have representation.
Black Students' Conference

The NUS Black Students’ campaign represents the largest constituency of Black students in Europe and students ofAfrican, Asian, Arab and Caribbean descent, at a local and national level on all issues affecting Black students.

The campaign focuses on equality in education, black representation, anti-racism and anti-facism and international peace and justice
Places available: One.
Who can stand in the election? Any black student, whether home, EU or international. 
Who can vote? Any student.  
Who can I ask about this election? The SU Community Officer
What are my responsibilities? Your role is to represent the views of black students at the University of Bath. You will attend the NUS Black Students' Conference (exact dates to follow) as the SU's representative. You will uphold the views and policies of the Students' Union. You will attend as many of the debates as possible and will provide a written report on the Conference on your return. You will attend briefing sessions and sit on the SU's National Representatives Group, which is chaired by the SU President.  Your travel and accommodation costs will be paid for by the Students' Union.
A full job description can be found here.
Postgraduate Students' Conference
The Postgraduate Students' Conference is an opportunity for postgraduates to talk together about issues which affect postgraduate students, share good practice, debate and agree national policy and to elect the NUS Postgraduate Committee.  The key note speaker at last year's Postgraduate Conference was Professor Lauder from the University of Bath's Education Department.
Places available: One.
Who can stand in the election? Any postgraduate student at the University of Bath. 
Who can vote? Any postgraduate student at this university. 
Who can I ask about this election? The SU Postgraduate Officer
What are my responsibilities? Your role is to represent the views of postgraduate students at the University of Bath. You will attend the NUS Postgraduate Students' Conference (exact dates to follow but previously it has been held on May) as the SU's representative. You will uphold the views and policies of the Students' Union. You will attend as many of the debates as possible and will provide a written report on the Conference on your return. You will sit on the PGA exec.  You will also attend briefing sessions and sit on the SU's National Representatives Group, which is chaired by the SU President.  Your travel and accommodation costs will be paid for by the Students' Union.
A full job description can be found here.
 
Mature / Part-time Students' Conference
The NUS Mature Students Campaign is one of NUS’ youngest campaigns. The campaign exists to defend and extend the right of mature students in both Further and Higher Education, and to tackle the barriers and stigmas that mature students face in education.

The work of the campaign is lead and guided by the Mature Students National Committee (MSNC) and the NUS Welfare Vice-President, who is a part of the national executive of NUS. The MSNC is democratically elected at NUS’s annual Mature Students Conference. They carry out the work of the campaign by creating and promoting national campaigns. The work is led and guided by the Vice-President.

Places available: One
Who can stand in the election? Any mature or part-time student.  A mature student is defined as follows:
  • over 21 if an undergraduate
  • over 25 if a postgratuate
Who can vote? Any mature or part-time student. 
Who can I ask about this election? The SU Community Officer
What are my responsibilities? Your role is to represent the views of mature and part time students at the University of Bath. You will attend the NUS Mature/Part-time Students' Conference (exact dates to follow but it is usually in May) as the SU's representative. You will uphold the views and policies of the Students' Union. You will attend as many of the debates as possible and will provide a written report on the Conference on your return. You will attend briefing sessions and sit on the SU's National Representatives Group, which is chaired by the SU President.  Your travel and accommodation costs will be paid for by the Students' Union.
A full job description can be found here.
 
International Students' Conference 
The NUS International Students’ campaign exists to campaign and represent international students studying within the UK and at UK Higher Education Institutions overseas. The International Students Campaign aims to represent, support and improve the experiences of all international students in the UK.  From fighting for fairer immigration policies to supporting the internationalisation of unions, they make sure the international student voice is heard.
Places available: One
Who can stand in the election? Any international student studying at the University of Bath. 
Who can vote? Any student at the University of Bath. 
Who can I ask about this election? The SU Community Officer
What are my responsibilities? Your role is to represent the views of international students here at Bath.  You will attend the NUS International Students' Conference (exact dates to follow but last year it was two days in April) as the SU's representative.  You will uphold the views and policies of the Students' Union. You will attend as many of the debates as possible and will provide a written report on the Conference on your return. You will attend briefing sessions and sit on the SU's National Representatives Group, which is chaired by the SU President. You will also sit on the University's Equality & Diversity Network.  Your travel and accommodation costs to Conference will be paid for by the Students' Union.
A full job description can be found here.
Disabled Students' Conference
The NUS Disabled Students’ Campaign is the largest single organisation in the UK run by disabled students, for disabled students. They fight for the rights of all disabled people and raise awareness about the issues disabled students face in everyday life.

The Disabled Students’ Conference is held every year, usually in the spring. This gives disabled students from all over the country a chance to take part in debates on the policy of the campaign and to elect the Disabled Students’ Committee. 

Places available: One
Who can stand in the election? Any student at the University of Bath who self defines as disabled. 
Who can vote? Any student at the University of Bath. 
Who can I ask about this election? The SU Community Officer
What are my responsibilities? Your role is to represent the views and interests of disabled students here at Bath.  You will attend the NUS Disabled Students' Conference (exact dates to follow but last year it was over three days in February) as the SU's representative.  You will uphold the views and policies of the Students' Union. You will attend as many of the debates as possible and will provide a written report on the Conference on your return. You will attend briefing sessions and sit on the SU's National Representatives Group, which is chaired by the SU President. You will also sit on the University's Equality & Diversity Network.  Your travel and accommodation costs to Conference will be paid for by the Students' Union.
A full job description can be found here.