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.
: 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
What are my responsibilities?
The job description can be found here
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.