It’s that time of year again; SU elections. If you’re running for a Course Rep or Officer role, good luck! These roles are really important in shaping your university experience, as well as others.
It’s really important for you to vote in these elections, as it gives you the chance for you to use your voice to choose who represents you in Student Council and across the University. If you’re still unsure about what the SU is or why you need representatives here’s a bit more info to help you out.
What is the Students' Union?
Put simply, the SU is a charity run by students for students. It’s led by your Officer team (some of who you will be voting for). The campaigns and approach of the Students' Union can be voted on by students, so that you can shape your university experience. Each student is automatically a member of the Union when they enrol, so you’re able to use the service as you need, whether it be to get independent advice, start a society, or join a sports team.
What are the different roles?
In this election, there are 3 main roles. These are Course Reps, School Officers, and Liberation Officers.
- Course Reps represent one group of students. For example, there is a Course Rep for all first year Psychology students and one for all third year Graphic Design students. They can put forward ideas for motions to be passed through Student Council to change things around the University.
- School Officers represent students from a particular School. The University is split into Schools, such as the Suffolk Business School. One officer represents each School. They work with Course Reps from their School to represent you.
- Liberation Officers represent students from particular groups. For example, there is a Women’s Officer and a BAME Officer. They will work with different departments around the University to ensure groups of students are heard and issues put forward are resolved.
What can they do for me?
Representatives act as a voice for a group of students, be it in your course or across the University. If you find that there is an issue, it can be resolved through a minuted recorded action, which your Representative can take back to you. They can put forward ways for the Students' Union to best suit you, whether it be through socials, Freshers', or any other way you want the SU to campaign for you. Your Officers and Reps can really improve your student experience, from your course to your social life around campus.
Why is it important to vote?
Voting gives you the chance to be heard and have a say in who represents you. It means that if you’re not happy with something around the Uni, you’ll have the opportunity to work with your Representative to make changes. Click here to vote!