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Spring 2019
Elections
Coming soon!

Nominations are open for Diversity Part-Time Officers, SU Exec members, and Postgraduate Faculty Reps. Find out more about each role on the officer page

Find Your Role

Elections are held every year in Autumn and Spring to elect your representatives. If you find a position you would absolutely love head over to www.warwicksu.com/nominate-yourself to be in the race!

Full-Time Student Officers

All Full-Time Officers are also SU trustees. They are paid Officers who work for 1 academic year (or 2 if re-elected) to improve the experience of students. Any student can nominate themselves for a Full-Time Officer position. Elections for Full-Time Student Officers take place in the Spring Term.

President
  • You will be the outward face of the Students’ Union, promoting the interests and activities of the Union to external bodies.
  • You will be the primary representative to the University as well as local, regional and national bodies
  • You will advocate, campaign and lobby on behalf of and alongside students to champion their rights and interests
  • you will sit on University committees such as Senate and Council
  • You will be the Chair of the SU Board of Trustees and sit on the SU Liberation and Diversity Exec and Student Council.
  • You will carry out your manifesto promises and assist the wider Student Officer team with their mandates.
Education Officer & Deputy President
  • You will work to give students the best possible education experience and represent all students’ academic interests, including underrepresented student groups such as postgraduates, international students, part-time students, mature students, medical students, students of non-campus based courses (e.g. degree apprentices and 2+2 students), and championing the rights and interests of marginalised student communities e.g. BME students, LGBTUA+ students, disabled students.
  • You will train, support and work alongside course reps, part-time officers and faculty representatives to achieve real positive change in teaching & learning, the student experience & national higher education policy. You will also sit on the SU Education Exec and be a full voting member of Student Council.
  • You will be the main point of contact within the SU for issues on academic-related matters and concerns, and may take on case work to support students with academic appeals etc. with the support of the Advice Centre
  • Most of your time will be spent in Committee meetings, as you are the primary representative of academic issues to the University. You will sit on University Senate and Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC), and maintain contact with academic Departments, the Library, IT Services, Students Careers and Services (SCS) and the Learning Grid.
  • You co-chair the Student Learning Experience and Engagement Committee (SLEEC) which involves liaising with fellow co-chair, the University’s Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, to put the issues students care about at the top of the agenda of one of the University’s most powerful Committees.
  • In addition to this, you will carry out your own manifesto promises
Postgraduate Officer
  • Postgraduates make up approx 40% of the student body.
  • You will make sure the Postgraduate voice is heard and Postgraduates have the best possible education experience, leading on postgraduate academic issues and working closely with the Education Officer to ensure a consistent approach to representation across the institution widen access and participation for all students. You will regularly liaise with course reps and faculty reps.
  • You will ensure SU service provisions are adequate for Postgraduates considering all commercial and membership activities, campaigning for Postgraduate issues and leading on relevant research and surveys.
  • You will sit on the SU Postgraduate Exec and be a full voting member of Student Council.
  • In addition, you will carry out your own manifesto promises
Democracy and Development Officer (DDO)
  • You will be responsible for upholding the SU Democratic processes.
  • You will initiate, support and ensure compliance with democratic processes including Student Council, elections, and All Student Votes, and ensure policy decisions relating to SU services are implemented.
  • You will ensure that proposed policies relating to SU services are properly assessed for feasibility before reaching decision making bodies, alongside Impact Assessors and the Democracy Exec.
  • You will oversee the SU’s venues, outlets, commercial operations and finances. It is your job to feedback students’ issues and ideas as well as act on policy to improve the SU provision.
  • You will sit on both the Democracy Exec and the Development Exec, and will be a full voting member of Student Council.
  • In addition to this, you will carry out your own manifesto promises
Welfare and Campaigns Officer
  • You will lead policy and campaigns that help improve student welfare at warwick, raising awareness of and improving health; welfare services; sexual health and accommodation.
  • You will work closely with the SU Advice Centre and maintain contact with Nightline, the Senior Tutor’s Office, the Health Services, the Chaplaincy, Campus Security, the NHS and the local community. You will be the primary contact for equal opportunities enquiries. You will help develop strategies to improve access and remove discrimination.
  • As well as facilitating SU priority campaigns and running your own campaigns as stated in your manifesto, you will assist with student campaigns and support campaigns ran by your team of officers and the Part-Time Officers.
  • You will sit on the SU Welfare Exec and be a full voting member of Student Council
Sports Officer
  • You will be the public face of student sport on campus, ensuring that students at Warwick are continually inspired to get active and involved with clubs, and show how sport matters for: our physical and mental well-being, professional opportunities, and in helping to create a truly inclusive, diverse and vibrant University environment.
  • You will proactively engage with all student clubs and the student community in the overall promotion of sport and healthy activity, and be responsible for the organisation and promotion of Sports Day, Sports Fair, Sports Forums, Varsity, Club Conference and Sports ball amongst other key events throughout the year.
  • You will work strategically to develop the direction of the Sports Partnership, working with the Director of Sport at the university as well as the CEO of the SU.
  • Along with the Societies Officer, you will make political decisions and long-term strategy concerning student development, and promote opportunities for student development and activities.
  • You will sit on the SU Sports Exec and be a full voting member of Student Council.
  • In addition to this you will carry out your own manifesto promises
Societies Officer
  • You will support and guide 250+ societies and their executive committee members, and be responsible for helping to promote society events, facilitating society related decision making, helping to assign society budgets and set up new societies, advising on best practice, and helping co-ordinate training for executive committee members.
  • You will be responsible for the organisation and promotion of societies fair, societies council and society awards.
  • Along with the Sports Officer, you will make political decisions and long-term strategy concerning student development, and promote opportunities for student development and activities.
  • You will sit on the SU Societies Exec and be a full voting member of Student Council.
  • In addition to this you will carry out your own manifesto promises

Part-Time Officers

Part-Time Officers fulfil their role alongside their studies. They are unpaid Officers who represent the students in their community for the following academic year. There are 5 Liberation Officers (Disabled Students' Officer, LGBTUA+ Students' Officer, Trans Students' Officer, Ethnic Minorities Officer, Women's Officer), 3 Part-Time Officers (International Students' Officers X2 and Part-Time and Mature Students' Officer), and 1 Environment and Ethics Officer. Some of these roles require self-definition in order for students to nominate themselves and vote. Part-Time Liberation Officers and the Environment and Ethics Officer will be elected in the Spring Term. Part-Time Diversity Officers will be elected in the Autumn Term.

Environment and Ethics Officer
  • You will advocate for an ethical and environmentally friendly SU and University and create greater awareness among students about relevant environment and ethics issues, advising on them and campaigning on them.
  • You will bring relevant concerns before Student Council and the Development Exec, and lobby the University to implement more environmentally and ethically sound policies, encouraging the SU to do the same.
  • You will work with societies and campaign groups to facilitate campaigns about environment and ethics, and raise awareness amongst students of the University Environment and Sustainability Fund.
  • You will sit on the SU Development Exec and be a full voting member of Student Council.
  • In addition to this, you will carry out your manifesto promises.
Disabled Students' Officer
  • You will ensure the SU is addressing the needs of students with disabilities and raise awareness of the issues students with disabilities face amongst the University community, often lobbying the University for change.
  • You will plan disability awareness events as part of Disability Awareness week and campaign against ableism in all of its forms.
  • You will liaise with SU staff to improve access and remove barriers to events, venues and outlets.
  • You will sit on the SU Liberation and Diversity Exec and be a full voting member of Student Council
  • In addition to this, you will carry out your manifesto promises.
Women's Officer
  • You will represent all self-defining women at Warwick University.
  • You will ensure the SU is addressing the needs of women students and raises awareness of the issues women students face amongst the University community, often lobbying for change.
  • You will plan awareness events, including as part of International Women’s Week, and campaign against sexism in all its forms.
  • You will sit on the SU Liberation and Diversity Exec and be a full voting member of Student Council
  • In addition to this, you will carry out your manifesto promises.
Ethnic Minorities Officer
  • You will represent all self-defining Ethnic Minority students at Warwick University.
  • You will ensure the SU is addressing the needs of students of ethnic minorities and raise awareness of the issues students of ethnic minorities face amongst the University community, often lobbying for change.
  • You will plan awareness events, including as part of Black History Month, and campaign against racism in all of its forms.
  • You will sit on the SU Liberation and Diversity Exec and be a full voting member of Student Council
  • In addition to this, you will carry out your manifesto promises.
LGBTUA+ Officer
  • You will represent all self-defining LGBTUA+ students at Warwick University.
  • You will ensure the SU is addressing the needs of LGBTUA+ students and raise awareness of the issues LGBTUA+ students face amongst the University community, often lobbying for change.
  • You will plan awareness events, including as part of Pride Week, and campaign against oppression of LGBTUA+ students in all its forms.
  • You will sit on the SU Liberation and Diversity Exec and be a full voting member of Student Council
  • In addition to this, you will carry out your manifesto promises.
Trans Students' Officer
  • You will represent all self-defining Trans students at Warwick University.
  • You will ensure the SU is addressing the needs of Trans students and raise awareness of the issues trans students face amongst the University community, often lobbying for change.
  • You will plan awareness events, including as part of Pride Week, and campaign against oppression of LGBTUA+ students in all its forms.
  • You will sit on the SU Liberation and Diversity Exec and be a full voting member of Student Council
  • In addition to this, you will carry out your manifesto promises.
International Students' Officers (1xEU and 1xnon-EU)
  • You will represent International Students at Warwick University on a campus, local and national level.
  • You will raise awareness of issues affecting international students in all areas of SU and University activity, often lobbying for change.
  • You will plan awareness events and run campaigns on the issues facing international students.
  • You will sit on the SU Liberation and Diversity Exec and be a full voting member of Student Council.
  • In addition to this, you will carry out your manifesto promises.
Part-Time and Mature Students' Officer
  • You will represent Part-Time and Mature Students at Warwick University.
  • You will maintain communication with staff, departments, SSLC’s and the SU to raise awareness of the issues affecting Part-Time students and mature students in all areas, often lobbying for change.
  • You will sit on the SU Liberation and Diversity Exec and be a full voting member of Student Council.
  • In addition to this, you will carry out your manifesto promises.

SU Execs

Execs are made up of both directly and indirectly elected students. There are 8 Execs made up of unpaid representatives who work with a relevant Sabbatical Officer and other elected students to achieve improvements for students within the related SU zone.

You will attend Exec meetings to discuss and debate topics and if you are the chair of your Exec you will also sit on Student Council where you can help decide what goes to an All Student Vote and what becomes Policy

Any student can nominate themselves for an Exec position. All Exec’s, with the exception of the Liberation and Diversity Exec, have directly elected members that the wider student body choose by voting for their preferred candidates. Exec members will be elected in the Autumn Term.

Democracy Exec

take a lead on supporting the Unions Democratic structures to ensure that students can have a say. They help steer ideas and motions through the process to becoming policy if that is what students want. They also support the Democracy and Development Officer in their role.

Development Exec

decide on the allocation of financial resources to successful bids from a number of the Unions funding pots including the Projects Fund and Campaigns Fund. They also discuss and promote the Unions range of commercial activities.

Education Exec

review and discuss issues and topics that represent students’ academic interests. They take a lead on organising and promotion relevant campaigns and other activities and support the Education Officer in their role.

Postgraduate Exec

review and discuss issues and topics affecting postgraduate students. They take a lead on organising and promoting relevant campaigns and other activities and support the Postgraduate Officer in their role.

Societies Exec

lead on and discuss topics to support Societies at Warwick. They also approve new societies and support the Societies Officer in their role.

Sports Exec

lead on and discuss topics to support sports clubs at Warwick. They also organise relevant activities such as Varsity and support the Sports Officer in their role.

Welfare Exec

lead on the organisation and promotion of Welfare Campaigns supporting the Welfare and Campaigns Officer. They also support the Officer in carrying out any activities mandated through Union policy.

Liberation and Diversity Exec

made up of the Liberation and Diversity Part-Time Officers and the President. Review and discuss issues and topics related to Liberation and Diversity.

Faculty Reps

Faculty Representatives fulfil their role alongside their studies. They are unpaid Representatives who represent the students within their Faculty for the following academic year. Any student within the relevant faculty can nominate themselves for the relevant position.

You will represent the interests of students in your Faculty and take the lead on academic issues from a faculty perspective, attending SSLC’s, University Committees, University Boards, and relevant SU Exec meetings. You will keep abreast of changes within your faculty and support course reps and SU priority campaigns.

This role will equip you with representation skills, communication skills, time management skills and team work.

Undergraduate Faculty Reps and Postgraduate Research Faculty Reps will be elected in the Spring Term. Other Faculty Rep positions will be elected in Autumn Term.

Contact Us

If you need to ask any questions about the elections process, you can visit us in the Democratic Services Office on the top floor of SUHQ. Alternatively, you can contact us using the details below.