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Your 2021/22 Elected Part-Time Officers

SUBU Summit Chair

Morgan Brazier

Asian, Arab & Ethnic Minority Officer

Mo Kapoor

My soul intention is to take part within the SUBU to gain and add academic skills towards my career. I would like to represent and help Asian, Arabic and Black community to drive themselves towards achieving their goals.

Manifesto

Black Students Officer

Ebube Christian

I believe I will be an ideal candidate for the position of a Black Students' officer because I have always had the passion to restore the dignity and integrity of the Black race. If elected, My major concern will be the restoration of the lost glory and priceless image we have had in the past by making sure we as a group here in Bournemouth University uphold our cultural values in harmony with the School's value system. Give me this opportunity and experience a facelift of the 'Black Community'

Manifesto

Disabled Students Officer

Caitlyn Bembridge

As soon as I saw the Disabled Student Officer position a simple question popped into my head "What is classed as Disabled? Who is represented and supported by this role?"

A conversation with the Democracy Team enlightened me to see that it covers Accessibility, Additional Needs and Neuro-Diverse. So why isn't this title encompassing of that?!

Together let's get that changed and encourage those under the umbrella to reach out for further adaptations and support.

Secondly, let’s get societies to provide Accessibility sessions for those that need it, this encourages conversation, inclusivity and raises awareness with all students!

Manifesto

LGB+ Officer

Jodie Cobb

As a liberation officer of the LGBTQ+ community I wish to normalise love to all genders and be inclusive to all types of love. How we love and who we love is defined by ourselves so I aim to make it so how someone loves isn't seen as something to be questioned but something to be admired and respected. I wish to talk to all types of people with different definitions of love in order to grow as a person.

Manifesto

Trans & Non-Binary Officer

Arianna Ohna

Hi, I'm Ari and I'm running for the Trans/Enby officer role. I have experienced how little support there is for trans people in this country and I'm running in the hopes that I can make this university a better space for all of us. If I get elected, I want to work to make BU as safe as possible and:

  • educate staff/lecturers on trans issues
  • work against the influence of any TERF/GC person or group at uni
  • streamline transition processes
  • be a voice of support for vulnerable individuals

Manifesto

Women's Officer

Lauren Francis

I'm Lauren and I'm currently a student on MA Marketing Communications. Last year, I worked within SUBU as a part time faculty officer and I have been a student rep for two years. This year, I'm hoping to be your women's officer to ensure that all women are being represented across BU and SUBU. If elected I hope to:

  1. Increase support for victims of violence against women
  2. Work with BU to ensure all students are educated about informed consent
  3. Ensure menstrual products are freely available across all BU buildings

Manifesto

Business School Officer

John Bernard

Having an enabling environment where student voice is heard and your thoughts and points of view are always well represented has always been my passion and concern . I am more of a people person and an excellent communicator who love to interacts and meet new people. If given an opportunity to serve as SUBU faculty officer , be rest assured that I will represent your interest and ensure that together we build a strong community

Manifesto

Business School Rep

Yash Thakur

Time is NOW for us to build a positive relationship between students & staff of BU Business School and build a stronger base and smooth experience for freshers and future students at this faculty. My primary aim is to address factors affecting Achievement & Retention rates at BU Business School while discussing agendas through students’ perspectives. I'm currently an International Student Ambassador, Vice-President at Hospitality & Tourism Society, and Student Representative@Yourfacultyrep.Yash

Manifesto

Business School Rep

Nicole Chee

Hi my name is Nicole and I am running for Faculty Rep because I want to make your voice heard. I believe everyone have the right of students voice and it will be my first aim to make your voice heard. I was a student rep last year and I believe that I can use my skills that I learnt from that to help me make the best Faculty rep. My second aim is to create session with your student rep so that ask them questions and give feedback to them. Thank you I hope to be your Faculty Rep.

Manifesto

Media & Communications Officer

Olubunmi Okunnu

Hi I'm Olu, an international student studying Multimedia Journalism. I believe my recent roles back in Nigeria around diversity, communications and team leadership has prepared me for the role of Faculty Rep. I’m hoping to use my experience to serve and shape the collective welfare of everyone in the faculty. What are the issues and concerns facing your learning at BU? I bet you would want these matters heard by those who have the power to make the changes. Let me be your voice so that together we can make our learning experience at Bournemouth University, the best possible!

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Manifesto

Media & Communications Rep

Latayan Richardson

Manifesto

Science & Technology Officer

Paige Norton-Edwards

You deserve the best education and social life while you’re here at Bournemouth University. Last year I was a SciTech rep and helped implement many changes in the faculty for the better, and this year I want to do that again for you all. I will fight for you to have the best experience at university that you deserve. Vote for me to make your voice heard.

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Science & Technology Rep

Loui Eriksson

I really care about the quality of our education and as your representative I will hold BU to the high standards they advertise. I will make sure we receive our money's worth and will regularly liase with our lecturers to ensure that your issues are addressed. When you have a problem, you'll want someone who is confident, persistent, and capable to solve it. Let that person be me.

Manifesto

Science & Technology Rep

Taiwo Coker

Hi, My name is Taiwo Coker and I am running for the position of Student Rep for Msc Information Technology, this is because I feel this role will allow me learn and partake in a leadership role.

I have experience from my previous studies in computer science and I also have work experience in Business Analysis and Project management. I have developed the following skills; leadership, teamwork, communication and I believe these make me an ideal candidate.

Thank you for reading my manifesto and feel free to get in contact with at s54244242@bournemouth.ac.uk or 07379280239.

Manifesto

Health & Social Sciences Officer

Katie Haslam

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 and Faculty Reps 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?

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!

But voting isn’t all you can do! If being a Part-Time Officer 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!

 

The roles available are:

Asian, Arab & Ethnic Minority Officer

Black Students Officer

Disabled Students Officier

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

Key Dates

 

Applications Open

16th August, 12pm

 

Applications Close

3rd October, 12 Midnight

 

Candidate Briefing

5th October, 5pm

 

Start of Campaiging

8th October, 10am

 

Candidate Q&A

8th October, 6pm

 

Polls Open

11th October, 10am

 

Polls Close

14th October, 4pm

 

Announcement of Results

15th October, 7pm

 

Officers Take Office

15th October, 7pm

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 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.

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 Election Officers are as follows:

Returning Officer: Peter Robertson, NUS

Deputy Returning Officer: Charlotte Morris-Davis, SUBU Democracy and Campaigns Manager

Independant Elections Adjudicator: Laura Greenwood-Pearsons, Brighton SU

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.

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.

Absolutely! Any student can apply for the roles, so long as they meet the requirements!

You can only apply for one position, unless you’re running for only a Faculty Rep.

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.

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.

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

We will be closely monitoring the regulations set out by both the Government and Bournemouth University. We are on track to be able to have events and campaigning in person, but will keep candidates and students informed of any changes!

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.

Contact info

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