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

SUBU exists to make student life better and the Part-Time Officers, Faculty Reps & Clubs & Societies Committee Members are fundamental to this. They lead on specific aspects of how we are run and can have a real impact on all students, so what are you waiting for?

 

 

 

Student Leader Elections 22/23

480 posts are up for election.

Nominations are now closed.

The polls are open and will close at 16:00 on Tuesday 17 May 2022 (in 34 hours)

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The Roles

 

Elections are your opportunity to make your voice heard! Each year, you elect other students to become the Union's Full-Time and Part-Time Officers. Those elected 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!

This year we are combing our student leader elections to also include club and societies committees! A club or society consists of five elected committee members who are the leadership team for the society members. These members are a group of like-minded individuals with the same interests in a particular area such as a hobby or a sport, a profession or career, a culture or faith for example. The club or society is a place where students pay a fee to become a member and will come together to build friendships, take part in activities together and, in some cases, compete in competitions. Your committees lead a club or society, creating a safe space for you to feel part of a community.

But voting isn’t all you can do! If being a Part-Time Officer or Committee member is something that you would be interested in, you can run for a position! This is your chance to make a difference for Bournemouth University students, and even help students nationally! You can run to be a Liberation Officer and help run one of our six liberation campaigns, or run to be a Faculty Rep or Officer and make sure that students in your faculty are represented at all levels at BU, or run to be SUBU Summit Chair and help make students’ ideas into policy or finally lead a group of stduents in your chosen club/ society.

You can find out more about Clubs and Societies here. In order to be a committee member or vote in these elections you also need to be a member of the club or society. 

The Part-Time Officer and Faculty Rep Roles available are:

Asian, Arab & Ethnic Minority Officer

Black Students Officer

Disabilities, Accessibility and Neuro-Diverse Offcier

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Plus Officer

Trans & Non-Binary Officer

Women's Officer

BU Business School Officer
+ 2 more Faculty Reps

Faculty of Media and Communication Officer
+ 2 more Faculty Reps

Faculty of Science and Technology Officer
+ 2 more Faculty Reps

Faculty of Health and Social Science Officer
+ 2 more Faculty Reps

SUBU Summit Chair

The Mandatory Club and Society Committee Roles are:

The Optional Club and Society Committee Roles are:

Download the Clubs & Societies Election Handbook Here

Key Dates

 

Applications Open

25th April, 10am

 

Applications Close

8th May, 11:59pm/Midnight

 

Candidate Briefing

10th May, 3pm

 

Candidate List Published and Start of Campaigning

10th May, 5pm

 

Polls Open

12th May, 10am

 

Polls Close

17th May, 4pm

 

Results Announced Online

18th May, 5pm

 

New Roles Start

1st June

How Does Voting Work?

Voting will take place online via the SUBU website. 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. For roles where there is only one position available the quota is half the total number of votes cast + 1

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, which ensures that fewer votes are wasted.

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 and submit an elections complaint here.

 

View the Regulations Here

 

Part-Time Officer and Faculty Rep Elections

The Election Officers are as follows:

Returning Officer: Peter Robertson (NUS)

Deputy Returning Officer:  Andrew Keenan

Independent Elections Adjudicator: Laura Greenwood-Pearsons (Brighton SU)

 

Club and Society Elections

Returning Officer: Emma Davies (SUBU)

Events

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

Part-Time Officers and Faculty Reps only: 

Candidates shall have £20 to spend on their election campaign. This must cover all materials purchased or primarily used during the campaign. This will be reimbursed by SUBU after the election, upon the presentation of proof of spend. Any products or services offered at a reduced price will be assigned a fair price by the Returning Officers. 

Club and Societies only: 

Candidates may not spend anything or use resources that others would not have access to as a part of their campaign. 

 

Expenses must be declared by 12pm on the 16th of May.

 

Expenses Tracker

Expenses Submission form

FAQ's

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.

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.

The Chair of the SUBU Summit is a current student who provides an extra layer of accountability to the Union and the Full-Time Officers. The SUBU Summit is the meeting where Union Policy is set and the Officers are held to account. The Chair is responsible for deciding which of the ideas, submitted through the Your Ideas platform should be taken forward to the Summit.

A club or society consists of five elected committee members who are the leadership team for the society members. These members are a group of like-minded individuals with the same interests in a particular area such as a hobby or a sport, a profession or career, a culture or faith for example. The club or society is a place where students pay a fee to become a member and will come together to build friendships, take part in activities together and, in some cases, compete in competitions.

In order to be eligible to contest one of the roles you must be eligible at the point of election and for the remainder of the 2022/23 academic year.

In order to be eligible to vote or stand for the SUBU Summit Chair role you must be a Student Member of the Union.

In order to be eligible to vote or stand for a Liberation Officer you must be a Student Member of the Union and self-define as a part of the Liberation Group that the position represents.

In order to be eligible to vote or stand for a Faculty Officer or Rep role you must belong to the relevant Faculty. In order to be elected to the Faculty Officer position you must also be a Student Member of the Union. This is a multi-seat position with 3 roles available per Faculty. The individual who receives the highest number of votes in the election shall be elected as the Faculty Officer for that Faculty, provided that they are a Student Member and willing to undertake the role. Further information can be found in SUBU’s Bye-Laws.

In order to be eligible to vote or stand for a Club and Society position you must be a Student Member of the Union and be a paid member of the Club or Society. Affiliate members are not able to vote for any roles, or stand for a mandatory role (President, Treasurer, Secretary) but they may stand for a non-mandatory role, such as Health and Safety Officer.

Candidates can only contest one Part-Time Officer position. They may also contest a Faculty Rep position, but must indicate on nomination that they do not wish to contest the Faculty Officer role. Candidates can only contest one committee position per Club and Society.

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.

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 100-word manifesto during their application.

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.

There are regulations surrounding campaigning behaviour. Candidates must not supply or handle voters devices. Candidates for Club and Soceity postions should also not be campaigning outside of specific Club and Societies spaces, e.g. closed groups, socials etc.

Once applications open, simply fill out the online application form.

Voting will take place online via the SUBU website. SUBU uses the Single Transferable Vote (STV) and Alternative Vote (AV) system which provides voters with much more choice and influence. STV/AV 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. For roles where there is only one position available the quota is half the total number of votes cast + 1. 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.

Contact info

 If you have any questions about the election process get in touch with the Elections Team at SUBUdemocracy@bournemouth.ac.uk or for clubs and societies elections please contact suclubs@bournemouth.ac.uk