Students' Union Elections: Explained

Wednesday 22-01-2020 - 11:59

It happens every year at The Union, but the Student Officer elections may be new to you (or maybe you’ve just missed the message). Either way, the chances are you’re going to be hearing a lot about it.

So… what exactly is going on?
The Union is going to be holding the annual Lead Your Union election to find 5 Student Officers to run the students’ union for the next academic year.

What are Student Officers?
They are the people elected to represent the students of Manchester Met. The Union has five officer roles available, which are full time paid positions.

Ok, but what do they actually do?
All sorts!

They run campaigns to improve the lives of students or raise awareness of certain issues. They are involved in making decisions at the university at the highest level – this means your voice is heard in the most senior meetings and students are at the heart of any changes.

What’s it got to do with me?
If you’re a student, then a fair bit.

Student Officers are constantly working to make your life at university better. In the past, Student Officers have campaigned for the university to invest millions of pounds into hidden course costs, had an award winning mental health campaign and more recently ensured The Union has free sanitary products in the bathrooms.

No, really, where do I fit in?
Well, one of these roles could be perfect for you. If there’s something wrong with the university then why not be the person to put it right? Find all the extra info about the roles, benefits and how to stand, and if you're interested then register to receive email updates

But what if I don’t want to stand?
That’s fine! You might know a friend who’d be great at it, and you can recommend them.

Ok, anything else?
The most important thing! You can still be involved by getting to know the candidates, maybe attend the hustings where you can ask them questions, and most importantly: vote. Make sure you have a say on who is representing you at the highest levels.

Key dates:
Nominations open: 31 January
Nominations close: 21 February
Voting opens: 2 March
Voting close: 5 March
Results: 5 March 

 

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