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Have you got what it takes to make a difference for over 16000 BU students?

SUBU exists to make student life better and the Full-Time Officers are fundamental to this. They lead on all aspects of how we are run and can have a real impact on all students, so what are you waiting for?

Key Dates

 

Applications Open

25th January, 9am

 

Applications Close

28th February, 12 Midnight

 

Manifesto Deadline

7th March

 

Start of Campaiging

10th March, 9am

 

Candidate Q&A

12th March, 6pm

 

Polls Open

15th March, 10am

 

Polls Close

18th March, 5pm

 

Announcement of Results

19th March, 7pm

Candidates

SU President

PR

Barinua Kpowugah

Manifesto Pending

PR

Joshua Truksa

Manifesto Pending

PR

Naomie Lebe

Manifesto Pending

PR

Ochuwa Ayomoto

Manifesto Pending

PR

Ahmad Milhem

Manifesto Pending

PR

Alexandra Cazacu

Manifesto Pending

PR

Nyasha Madhuku

Manifesto Pending

Vice-President Education

ED

Ndidi Okitikpi

Manifesto pending

ED

Lauren Francis

Manifesto pending

ED

Durga Prasad Juturu (Durga)

Manifesto pending

ED

Timothy Jaya

Manifesto pending

ED

Chiko Bwalya

Manifesto pending

Vice-President Student Opportunities

SO

Hemant Sain

Manifesto pending

SO

Omuwa Ayomoto

Manifesto pending

SO

Balaji Gundlapalli

Manifesto pending

SO

Jaykumar Prakash

Manifesto pending

SO

Krishna Gadhe

Manifesto pending

SO

Ugo Andy-Eke

Manifesto pending

SO

Harsh Bhardwaj

Manifesto pending

Vice-President Welfare & Community

WC

Latayan Richardson

Manifesto pending

WC

Jake Hill

Manifesto pending

WC

Christopher Ikejiofor

Manifesto pending

WC

Toluwa Atilade

Manifesto pending

WC

Sonia Sharma

Manifesto pending

WC

Emily Tegg

Manifesto pending

WC

Luci Phalp

Manifesto pending

WC

Sumanth Moparthi

Manifesto pending

WC

Douglas Eli

Manifesto pending

WC

Simeon Oluyemi (Sims)

Manifesto pending

WC

Dee Walsh

Manifesto pending

NUS Delegate

PR

Ahmad Milhem

Manifesto Pending

PR

Ochuwa Ayomoto

Manifesto Pending

PR

Barinua Kpowugah

Manifesto Pending

ED

Chiko Bwalya

Manifesto pending

WC

Sonia Sharma

Manifesto pending

PR

Joshua Truksa

Manifesto Pending

SO

Omuwa Ayomoto

Manifesto pending

SO

Krishna Gadhe

Manifesto pending

SO

Jaykumar Prakash

Manifesto pending

Elliot Cooper

Manifesto pending

SO

Ugo Andy-Eke

Manifesto pending

WC

Simeon Oluyemi (Sims)

Manifesto pending

SO

Balaji Gundlapalli

Manifesto pending

PR

Nyasha Madhuku

Manifesto Pending

WC

Luci Phalp

Manifesto pending

WC

Toluwa Atilade

Manifesto pending

ED

Ndidi Okitikpi

Manifesto pending

WC

Christopher Ikejiofor

Manifesto pending

WC

Sumanth Moparthi

Manifesto pending

SO

Hemant Sain

Manifesto pending

Elections Information

Who can run?

Any current BU student, who is a member of SUBU can run to be a Full-Time Officer and NUS Delegate but you’ll need to be able to start full-time employment on the 15th June 2020 for Full-Time  Officer roles, so if you will still be enrolled in a programme at this time you will be expected to suspend your studies.

To run for an NUS Delegate role you'll need to be able to attend the online conference between the 6th and 8th of April.

How do I run?

To run for one of the roles:

  • Head over to the Candidates Hub  to find out more about being a candidate in the elections
  • Take our 'Which Officer Are You' Quiz below.
  • Attend one of our 'Want to be a Full-Time Officer' sessions, read the role descriptions and decide which you would like to run for.
  • APPLY!
  • Attend training and write and submit your amazing manifesto by the 7th of March
  • CAMPAIGN!
  • Attend the online Elections Results Night 

Myth Busters

Election Myth Busting: Episode 1
Election myth 1

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Myth 1: The elections are just a popularity contest

 
Election Myth Busting: Episode 2
Election myth 2

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Myth 2: Nobody cares about elections

 
Election Myth Busting: Episode 3
Election myth 3

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Myth 3: Running in an election isn't any fun

 
Election Myth Busting: Episode 4
Election myth 4

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Myth 4: You don't get paid to be a full-time officer

 
Election Myth Busting: Episode 5
Election myth 5

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Myth 5: You can't be a full-time officer if you're not a final year undergraduate student

 
Election Myth Busting: Episode 6
Election myth 6

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Myth 6: You can't be a Full-Time Officer if you're an international student

 
Election Myth Busting: Episode 7
Election myth 7

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Myth 7: Health & Social Science course cannot have breaks or delays in registering with official bodies

 
Election Myth Busting: Episode 8
Election myth 7

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Myth 8: The President has all the power

 
 

FAQ's

The Students Union at Bournemouth University represents the student voice here at BU. Every BU student is automatically a member. As a student led organisation, you set the direction an make the big decisions about what we do, whether this be by running or voting in an election or participating in one of our other democratic forums such as the SUBU Summit, or evening talking to your Student Rep.

Every year you elect current students who are then responsible for representing over 16,000 students views to the university. The Full-Time Officers lead this network of student volunteers and work full-time to ensure that your student life is the best it can possibly be- from campaigning on issues that you are facing on your course, locally and nationally. Whether you’re passionate about welfare and student rights, creating positive change, holding the University to account or just voting for the students who you want to represent you, this election is an opportunity to get your voice heard and make an impact on what matters to you at University. In these elections you’ll also be voting for your NUS National Conference Delegates, these are the individuals who will be representing you on a national scale, voting for the future NUS President and Vice Presidents, as well as voting on NUS Policy.

There are four officer positions, click here to find out more about them!

  • President
  • Vice-President Education
  • Vice-President Student Opportunities
  • Vice-President Welfare and Community
  • NUS Delegates

You cannot nominate yourself for more than one full-time officer role

Any current BU student, so it doesn’t matter whether you are an undergraduate, postgraduate or part time of full time student.

Yes, full-time officers are remunerated. Their annual salary is £20,815. They also receive 24 days holiday, bank holidays and an additional 3.5 days over Christmas.

SUBU is there to represent all students, and HSS students are no different!

Breaks in all courses can be managed, although regulatory body practice requirements may need to be revisited on certain courses. You also have up to two years to register with the NMC and HCPC after finishing your course.

If you are interested contact subudemocracy@bournemouth.ac.uk to discuss further.

International Students are able to be a Full Time Officer and you are able to get a visa extension while you are in office. You can find out more information here.

You can find out more on the UKCISA website
If you are an international student who is interested in running please contact subudemocracy@bournemouth.ac.uk as soon as possible.

It’s really simple you can register you interest now to keep in the loop with what is going on and then when applications open on the 25th of January all you need to do is put yourself forward!

Yes, there are training opportunities during the elections period which will provide you with insights into SUBU and what it is like to be a full-time officer.

There are a range of other training opportunities throughout the election period, so head to the candidate hub to find out more.

If you are elected you will be provided with full training and induction programme organised by SUBU including a handover and external training. There will also be opportunities for further training throughout your year in post.

Your manifesto is how candidates sell yourself to students; it sets out their aims and priorities. Candidates manifesto becomes their promises to students about what they want to achieve if they are elected.

As a candidate you’ll be asked to submit a 300 word manifesto and a 50 word condensed manifesto. You don’t need to submit your manifesto when you submit your application but it must be submitted by the manifesto deadline on the 7th March 12 Midnight

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, not just trendy slogans or avalanches of tweets.

Check out the Candidate Hub to find out more information about campaigning.

You will spend one year in office beginning on the 28th of June, you will then be entitled to run in the election for the following year. You are unable to be a full-time officer for more than 2 years.

SUBU uses the Single Transferable Vote (STV system which provides voters with much more choice and influence. STV means that candidates do not need to win a majority, but instead must reach a quota/proportion of the vote. The quota is determined by the number of votes cast and the number of positions to be filled.

When voting students select their candidates in order of preference and are able to vote for as many or as few as they like. When the voting has closed, Candidates are excluded if it is impossible for them to reach the quota, their votes are then transferred in order of preference, this ensures that fewer votes are wasted.

In addition to the candidates in the election students are also able to select ‘no suitable candidate’

The Returning Officers and Deputy returning Officers have the responsibility to uphold the Elections Regulations. The Returning Officer will be a representative from the NUS, and the Deputy Returning Officer is Charlotte Morris-Davis.

The Deputy Returning Officer will be the person you deal with on a day to day basis and they will be in contact with the Returning Officers as required.

If you need to get in touch contact subudemocracy@bournemouth.ac.uk

A complaint can be made about the action of a candidate, supporter or election official. Complaints must be submitted via the online form.

More information about the complaints process can be viewed in the Rules and Complaints section here

Events

Candidate Q&A
12th March 6pm - 8pm
This is your chance to ask the Candidates questions about what matters to you most. You can also ask them about how they plan on tackling certain things included in their manifestos.
Democracy | Elections

Candidate Hub

The Candidates Hub is the essential place to head to for all the information that candidates need to run in this election! You'll find resources on campaigning, writing a manifesto and much much more

Candidate Hub

The Roles

In this election you’ll be electing your Full-Time Officers and NUS Delegates.

The Full-Time Officers are four elections students who represent all students at BU. Each role has a specific remit (area they are responsible for). This is a Full-Time paid position, where if elected you'll are in post for one year from June/July 2021 to June/July 2022. The roles available are SU President, Vice-President Welfare and Community, Vice-President Student Opps and Vice-President Education

The NUS Delegates represent Bournemouth students at the annual NUS Conference. At this conference you'll get to decide the policy and campaigns for the National Union of Students for the next academic year. You''ll also be able to attend workshops, events and networking opportunities that relate to the student movement. The conference is set to take place online from the 6th-8th of March 2021. You'll also need to be available to attend briefing sessions beforehand.

Budgets

 

To ensure all candidates have the same opportunities there are strict budgets that candidates must adhere to. At the end of the campaign period you will need to submit your budget along with receipts and the costs for all expenses incurred throughout the process. You must do this by completing the candidate expenses form that will be uploaded here shortly. In the resources section you'll also be able to find an expenses tracker to help you keep a log of what you've spend as a part of your campaign.

Full-Time Officer Candidates can spend up to £50 and NUS Delegates can spend up to £20 which will be refunded by SUBU at the end of the election period. You can spend your budget on sponsored posts but also more creative campaigning materials just make sure you keep a proof of what you have spent

It is worth thinking out your campaigns expenditure early on so that you can plan you main areas of spend, but also remember that it is not always the candidates who spend the most that win- so use your budget effectively.

You must declare you election expenses to SUBU between 9am and 2pm on the 19th of March, this is when you will be reimbursed. You must submit proof of expenses (photos of receipts or screenshots) with you or be subject to disqualification.

Nominal costs will be applied to items you already own but use primarily for the purpose of the election, or is you are using free items that others do not have access to. Please contact subudemocracy@bournemouth.ac.uk with any queries about nominal costs

If you are experience any financial difficulties get in touch with one of the team to discuss how we can support you.

 

Expense Tracker

Expenses Submission form

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.

 

These Elections are overseen by:

Peter Robertson (NUS) - Returning Officer who is an external, independent advisor, appointed to ensure that the election is run with third party scrutiny and expertise.

Charlotte Morris-Davis (SUBU) - Deputy Returning Officer who is the first point of contact, responsible for candidate engagement, day to day supervision and management of the election. The RO will be consulted by the DRO whenever they see necessary throughout the process.

Laura Greenwood-Pearsons (Brighton SU) - Independant Elections Adjudictaor who is anexternal appeals body that is responsible for ruling on appeals.

 

Regulations

The guiding principles of all SUBU elections are:

1. The law, University Policies and Union Regulations are all in full force and shall apply to SUBU elections

2. Students must be free to cast their vote without undue pressure or influence

3. Candidates must treat other candidates, students, staff and members of the public with respect

4. Candidates must not undermine the fair and democratic running of elections

5. Candidates must not do anything to gain an unfair advantage

6. Candidates must respect the campus environment and the community

 

Complaints Process

1. Complaints should be made in a timely manner and as close to the alleged rule break as possible

2. Complaints will be accepted up until one hour prior to the commencement of the count

3. Complaints must be submitted in writing, with additional evidence attached

4. Complaints made informally and without evidence shall not be heard

5. Once a complaint has been received the Returning Officers shall aim to investigate and resolve the complaint by 12pm the following working day

6. A complainant may appeal the decision of the Returning Officers. More information about complaints and appeals may be found in the Union’s bye-laws.

You must submit an elections complaint via this form. 

Contact info

 If you have any questions about the election process get in touch with the Elections Team at SUBUdemocracy@bournemouth.ac.uk