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Rules & Guidance

SU elections happen twice a year: once during the Spring Term, and once during the Autumn Term.

During Spring Elections, 7 Full time Officers are elected;

  • President
  • Education Officer
  • Postgraduate Officer
  • Democracy & Development Officer
  • Welfare Officer
  • Sports Officer
  • Societies Officer

Plus 6 Part-Time Officers (PTO's);

  • Trans Students' Officer
  • LGBTQUA+ Officer
  • Women's Officer
  • Ethnic Minorities Officer
  • Disabled Students' Officer
  • Environment and Ethics Officer

During Autumn Elections, 4 Part-Time Officers are elected (International Students' Officers x2, Part-Time & Mature Students' Officer & Widening Participation Officer), along with Faculty Reps and Course Reps, plus 7 SU Committees to oversee SU services and hold Officers to account.

  • Democracy Committee
  • Development Committee
  • Postgraduate Committee
  • Sports Committee
  • Societies Committee
  • Welfare Committee
  • Environmental Committee

You can find out what each of them do via

You can also see below some useful links and documents about the Spring, Summer and Autumn Elections below.

For any interested in running for Student Trustee Elections, see application pack here - Student Trustee Application-Pack

Do use the accessible social media guide and manifesto document to gain a better understanding of running a more inclusive campaign! 

Candidate-Guide-2021 (TBC) Manifesto Guide 2021 Accessible-Manifestos Document Accesible Social Media Guide


Rules and Guidelines for SU Election Candidates

For all rules and regulations on SU Spring Elections, see the Candidate Guide above, but for general guidance please click here - Guidance-for-SU-Spring-Election-2021

To view our Student Trustee Elections Application Pack please click here - Student-Trustee-Application-Pack-2021.22

All SU recognised Sports Clubs and Societies are ran democratically, therefore Exec committee members are elected by the membership of that club / society. The information below details the rules and guidance for running an SU club or Society election

Rules and Guidance

Rules and Guidance for Student Group Elections & Student Trustee Elections

For all rules and guidance on Sports Club and Society during Spring Elections please click here - Rules-for-Endorsing-SU-Sports-Clubs-and-Society-Spring-Election-2021)

To view our Student Trustee Elections Application Pack please click here - Student-Trustee-Application-Pack-2021.22

Academic Experience is what unites all students at Warwick and nationally. Your Academic interests are represented by the Full-Time Officers, and also Faculty and Course representatives. All of these representatives are elected by you.

Rules and Guidance

Rules and Guidance for SU Academic Rep Elections

For all rules and guidance on SU Academic Representative Elections, please click here - Rules-for-SU-Academic-Rep-Elections-2021 coming soon!

Got questions? Hopefully a few of them are answered below, but please contact us if you have more!

What are these Elections for?

The multitude of elections held at the SU is to ensure the SU is led by YOU, whether that be through voting in a sports club election for your Captain, or nominating yourself for the SU President role.

What is a Student Officer, and am I eligible?

A Student Officer is a one year, full-time, paid position. This means you would need to defer your studies for a year while in post or wait until your third year to nominate yourself. Anyone who is a student at Warwick University can nominate themselves for any of the Student Officer positions, regardless of year of study or what campus you are based on. A Student Officer is a full Trustee of the Students’ Union and you can find more specific descriptions of the roles at

Can I run to be a Student Officer if I am an International Student?

Yes! The SU can help sponsor your VISA if elected and you can speak to the SU Democracy Team about any further queries you have.

What is a Part-Time Officer?

A Part-Time Officer is a one year unpaid position, undertaken alongside studying. The roles often involve campaigning and raising awareness of Liberation and Diversity issues and Environment issues. You can find more specific descriptions of the roles at

Why should I consider nominating myself for a position?

Even if you do not succeed in your candidacy, campaigning and meeting new students is a fantastic experience that will equip you with new outlooks and new skills. Campaigning should be a fun experience where you meet new people and gain confidence, as well as speak up for what you believe and show how you can Make your Mark on the lives of 24,000+ students at Warwick.

Does my vote count and make a difference?

Absolutely it does! In a recent election, a candidate won by only 30 out of several thousand votes to become your current Student Officer. Most Student Officer elections are decided by less than 200 votes. Quite simply, your vote and the vote of just everyone in your lecture could change the entire result. So don’t let the decisions be made on your behalf - vote!

Where can I vote?

Voting is all online at

Where can I find out about the candidates and what they stand for?

You can find the full candidate list at All the candidates will upload manifestos here so have a browse and see who you’d like to cast your vote for.

What is STV?

STV, or Single Transferable Vote, is a system of preferential voting designed to minimise 'wasted' votes and provide proportional representation.

Who is RON?

RON isn't actually a candidate – it stands for Re-Open Nominations. You can put RON as a preference if you feel that the remaining candidates are not suitable for the position. Voting RON is an active vote against the other candidates – it's not an expression of indifference. If Re-Open Nominations is elected to a position then nominations for that post are re-opened at a later date.

What’s Quorum?

Quorum is the minimum number of votes that have to be cast in order for the election to be valid. We don't think it's particularly democratic if a handful of people decide who your lead representatives are so quorum figures are outlined in the governing documents.

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.