Elections are your opportunity to make your voice heard whilst at BU. Each year you elect other students to become the Union's Full-Time and Part-Time Officers. The Officers then represent you and campaign on your behalf by working on local and national on issues ranging from student welfare to changes on students courses. They make sure that SUBU is student-run. If you care about improving student lives then make sure you vote in every SU election!

 

Part-Time Officer Elections

October + November 2020

Full-Time Officer Elections

February + March 2021



The Student Elections are coming soon! This is where the Union's Part-Time Officers are elected. These are voluntary roles that students undertake alongside completing their degree.

If you are interested in becoming a Part-Time Officer applications open soon, but in the meantime you can register your interest above.

If you think you know someone who would make a good Part-Time Officer you can recommend a friend above!

Part-Time Officer Information Session

19th October 5pm - 6pm
Zoom

 

Item Date
Applications Open 12th October - 00:01- 25th October- 23:59
Part-Time Officer Information Session 19th October - 17:00
Voting Open 30th October- 10:00 - 3rd November - 16:00
Results 4th November - 18:00

How does voting work?

Voting in all SUBU elections uses transferable voting. This allows voters to list their candidates in order of preference. You’ll also have an option to chose ‘re-open nominations’. In order to win a candidate needs to receive over 50% + 1 of the total votes cast. If a candidate does not receive enough votes after the first round, the candidate with the least amount of votes is removed and their votes transferred. This continues until a winning candidate is elected.

Regulations and Complaints

All SUBU elections should be free and fair, which is why we have rules which govern our elections. You can find out more about election regulations as well as viewing the complaints process here.

 

 

The Liberation Officers:

  • Asian, Arab and Ethnic Minority Officer
  • Black Students Officer
  • Students’ with Disabilities Officer
  • LGB+ Officers
  • Trans and Non-Binary Officer
  • Women’s Officer

The Faculty Officers and Faculty Reps:

  • Health and Social Sciences Officer + 2 Faculty Reps
  • Business School Officer + 2 Faculty Reps
  • Media and Communication Officer + 2 Faculty Reps
  • Science and Technology Officer + 2 Faculty Reps

SUBU Summit:

  • SUBU Summit Chair (also known as Student Council Chair)

Part-Time Officers (PTO) are voluntary roles. Each PTO represents a specific group of students and it is their responsibility to promote the interests of that group. They are key student decision makers within the Union and ensure that as a Union we are student led.

The Liberation Officers represent and campaign on the behalf of the students they represent. Each Officer is responsible for leading the relevant Liberation Campaign.

Read the role description here (To follow)

Faculty Officers and Reps represent their Faculty at senior levels within the Union and University. Each Faculty can elect up to 3 Faculty Reps, the candidate who receives the most votes will become the Faculty Officer.

Read the role description here (To follow)

The Chair of the Student Summit is a current student who provides an extra layer of accountability to the Union and the Full-Time Officers. They are responsible for Chairing the Student Summit, which includes setting the agenda.

Read the role description here (To follow)

Any current student can put themselves forward, however for the Liberation and Faculty based roles you’ll need to belong to the group that you want to represent, e.g. only black students can apply for the role of the Black Students Officer.

PTO roles are all voluntary so the there is no formal time commitment, but expect to spend between 1-5 hours per week on the role. Depending on the role you apply for there will be different meeting commitments that you’ll be expected to attend, such as the Executive Committee, Student Summit and other university meetings.

Being a Part-Time Officer is an incredible opportunity for you to shape SUBU and BU by having a direct say in how SUBU is run. It’s also a great developmental opportunity for you where you’ll learn transferable skills that’ll look great on your CV, as well as being fantastic for developing networks and improving your confidence!

Part-Time Officers have a full induction programme to help them learn about the Union and their role, this includes ongoing training throughout the year. Part-Time Officers will also work very closely with other SUBU Officers and Staff who will help them achieve their goals.

Get in touch at subudemocracy@bournemouth.ac.uk where a member of the team will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about the role and the election.

A manifesto is how candidates sell themselves to voters; it sets out their aims and priorities and may also include a little bit about themselves and why they are the best person for the job. Manifesto’s become candidates promises to students about what they want to achieve if they are elected so it is important that they are realistic and achievable.

Candidates are asked to submit a 50 word manifesto along with their nominations

In the context of elections, campaigning is what candidates do to get votes - it's not just handing out leaflets though! Successful candidates take time to listen and speak to students, find out about the current issues relevant to the role they're standing for and persuade voters with ideas and enthusiasm. Don’t worry if this all sounds a bit daunting because all candidates have to attend a briefing where we’ll provide some tips and tricks.

We recognise that due to COVID-19 everything looks a little bit different this year but it is important that students are still represented which is why the election is still taking place, although we expect far more of the activity to take place online this year and we advise candidates to respect all restrictions and guidelines.

Each candidate shall have a budget of £20 to support them in the election. This must cover all items other than that which is freely available to all candidates. If you have any questions about budgets or are worried about having the money to spend in the election please contact subudemocracy@bournemouth.ac.uk

No. For representative based roles we request that only students who belong to the community that the Officer represents can vote for that role. For example only LGB+ students can vote for the LGB+ Officers, and only students from within the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences would be able to vote for the Health and Social Sciences Officer.

You will need to self-define in order to cast your vote, this can be done when you go to cast your vote.

Voting in all SUBU elections uses transferable voting. This allows voters to list their candidates in order of preference. You’ll also have an option to choose ‘re-open nominations’. In order to win a candidate needs to receive over 50% + 1 of the total votes cast. If a candidate does not receive enough votes after the first round, the candidate with the least amount of votes is removed and their votes transferred. This continues until a winning candidate is elected.

Once nominations open simply fill out the online nominations form.

Simply click the button to find out more and then check all the boxes that apply.