Running for SU Officer

Being an SU Officer can be one of the most valuable, memorable and rewarding experience of your life. It’s a chance to represent the voices of our community, lead the way for positive change, and impact the University experience of over 20,000 students. Whilst sitting on the Board of Trustees, you’ll also get invaluable experience of running a multi-million pound charity, something not everyone can put on their CV! Be the change you want to see, and run to be an SU Officer.

Nominations open 25 January 2021


Unfortunately the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of student life, therefore, Officer elections will look a bit different this year. These are the main ways elections week will be impacted:

  • For safety reasons and to make this election as accessible as possible, all forms of physical campaigning are not permitted, all candidates must campaign for votes online only.
  • All mandatory meetings and welfare drop-ins for candidates will be hosted on MS Teams.
  • Any events during Elections week will be hosted online.

The Roles

Why Become an Officer?

"Being an Officer is different to any other graduate job you can find. You get to engage, work with, and lobby senior staff in the University and get opportunities to actively shape the lives of students."

Kimberley Pickett-Mcatackney, Activities Officer 2018/19
Hear more from past candidates

Top 10 reasons to be an Officer

Video: Top 10 reasons to be a SU Officer

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How to Stand

1. Check your eligibilty

Any registered student may stand for a role.

2. Create a manifesto & find two supporters

View previous candidate manifestos

3. Nominate yourself online

Nominate online

4. Complete the candidate form

Candidate Form

5. Complete the checklist


The fun begins!

So you want to be an SU Officer?

Nominations Checklist

Have you completed everything?


Want to run for SU Officer but not really sure where to start? Want to make sure you run a shit hot campaign? We can give you the inside scoop with a variety of training, appointments and drop in sessions. 

Training for prospective candidates

Election Rules & Process

There are a set of rules that must be followed while running in an election. If you have any questions or queries, please email

Returning Officer:
Charlie Slack, Head of Student Voice & Engagement
Deputy Returning Officer:
Ben Palmer, Student Voice Coordinator
External Appeals Officer:
Caroline Dangerfield, Bath Spa SU
Student Chair of Elections Committee:
James Mitchell