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