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Stand. Represent. Change. Nominations Open 30.01.2023.

Every year, you (the students!) elect over 20 Student Representatives to represent all 17,000+ students at Stirling in the next academic year to the University and beyond. From part-time Volunteer Officers in each of the Zones to four, full-time, paid Sabbatical Officers.

Stand in the Student Elections now! Nominations close 12pm, 14th February.

Union Elections 2023

Every year, you elect over 20 Student Representatives to represent all 17,000+ students at Stirling in the next academic year to the University and beyond. From part-time Volunteer Officers in each of the Zones to four, full-time, paid Sabbatical Officers.

18 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 12:00 on Tuesday 14 February 2023 (in 13 days)

The polls open at 10:00 on Tuesday 28 February 2023 (in 3 weeks and 6 days)

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You can find out more about the positions available, and about the Elections, below.

 

Standing in the Student Elections

Sabbatical Officers

Sabbatical Officers provide the overall political leadership of the Union and achieve political, social and educational change that will have a lasting impact on the student experience at the University of Stirling. 

The core Sabbatical Officer team consists of four positions – Union President, Sports Union President, Vice President Education and Vice President Communities. These full-time, paid officers, work together and independently on campaigns, projects and represent the student voice at Stirling.

Volunteer Officers

In each of our four Zones, we have multiple Volunteer Officers who, collectively, contribute to Union's Executive Council. All Volunteer Officers gain an in-depth knowledge of the Students' Union and the University of Stirling, whilst they are supported in delivering a campaign or project to enhance the student experience relating to a specific remit.

Communities Zone
Education Zone
Sports Zone

Equality Volunteer Officers

There are four voluntary Equalities Officers who also sit alongside the Volunteer Officers, but who are elected in a separate process. The Equalities Officers will be elected in the last Equalities Zone of the 22/23 academic year. Dates of the Equalities Zone can be found here

Candidates wishing to be elected must present their candidacy at the meeting. You may wish to deliver a short speech about why you wish to run and what you hope to achieve within the role, and the election of the new Equalities Officers will then happen there and then within the meeting. 

 

Candidate Support

Thinking of Standing or Recommend a Friend

Are you thinking of standing in the 2023 Student Union Elections? Or know somebody who would make a great Student Leader? Let us know by using the 'I'm Thinking of Standing' or the 'Recommend a Friend' forms, and we'll get in touch with more information!

I'm Thinking of Standing

Recommend a Friend

Drop-In Service

We also offer a one-to-one drop-in service, where you can meet with one of our current Sabbatical Officers or a member of staff to speak about a particular role, your candidacy, or if you would like more information about the Elections in general. You can book a drop-in meeting via our online booking system here.

 

Key Dates

  • Nominations Open: Monday, January 30th at 10:00
  • Nominations Close and Final Manifestos: Tuesday, February 14th at 12:00 (midday)
  • Candidates Briefing: Thursday, February 16th at 13:00
  • Candidate List Published: Thursday, February 16th at 17:00
  • Campaigning Begins: Tuesday, February 21st at 10:00
  • Sababtical Hustings: Thursday, February 23rd at 13:00
  • Voting Opens: Tuesday, February 28th at 10:00
  • Voting Closes: Thursday, March 2nd at 17:00
  • Results: Friday, March 3rd at 12:00

All times stated above at GMT.

 

Other Info & Contact

General Election Questions or Access Problems:

If you have any general questions about the Elections or are having any issues accessing the forms, nomination portal or voting, please contact Natalie Hay, Deputy Returning Officer, at natalie.hay@stir.ac.uk and she will assist you as soon as possible.

Complaints:

If you wish to raise a complaint in relation to an Election, this form is to be completed in support of complaints made in accordance with the Elections Regulations.

Any complaints should be directed, in writing, to Natalie Hay, Deputy Returning Officer, at natalie.hay@stir.ac.uk.