Officer Elections

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Guild Elections

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Applications Are Open!

Would you like to Lead Your Guild in 2023/24? This is your chance, as you can now apply to become an Officer and represent the 41,000 students at UoB.

Being an Officer is no regular job; one day you’ll be meeting with leaders at the University to drive positive change for students, the next, you’ll be planning a large-scale event such as Welcome Week. Not to mention it will give you great experience for your CV and the opportunity to work on the issues you’re passionate about.

You’ll find details of all Officer roles below, as well as a handy quiz to see which role you are best suited to. We’ve also put together some helpful events, FAQs and more, to tell you everything you need to know. You can also still recommend a friend who you think has got what it takes for one of our very special roles.

Documents and Events

Applications Pack

The Applications Pack includes important elections documents (including rules and regulations), and useful resources to help you with your application and campaign.

To apply for a role, you must follow the Guild’s Election Regulations and Bye Law 8 (Elections) (see below). The Law, Institution and Union rules also all count and become election rules, including the Guild’s Zero Tolerance Policy & University Harassment and Bullying Policy.

All Guild elections are overseen by the Guild’s Returning Officer who is responsible for ensuring that every election is free, fair and open. The Guild’s Returning Officer is the University’s Registrar and Secretary who deputises their role to an NUS Returning Officer.


Applications Pack Documents

 

Election Regulations

All candidates must take responsibility to read these regulations and ensure that their campaign teams know about these. Not knowing about the regulations is not an excuse for breaking them. If the regulations are unclear or you need more help at any time, please email the Elections Team.

 

Guild of Students Byelaws

Please refer to Bye Law 8 with regards to Elections and Bye Law 6 with regards to Committees of the Guild.

 

Guild of Students Zero Tolerance Policy

The Guild believes that a Zero Tolerance approach should be taken towards any form of harassment based on defining protected characteristics that takes place in any of the Guild’s venues or events.

 

Candidate Budget Information

For your campaign, you have a £50 candidate budget if you have applied for an Officer role, and a £10 budget if you have applied for an NUS Delegate role.

 

University Harassment and Bullying Policy

The University is committed to creating a working and learning environment free from harassment and discrimination in which all staff, students and visitors to the University are treated with dignity and respect.

 

Complaints Procedure

The Complaints Procedure explains how we will deal with any elections complaints.

 

Complaint Form

A student or candidate wishing to submit an election complaint must do so by using this Complaint Form. This must be sent by email to elections@guild.bham.ac.uk.

All complaints must be substantiated with evidence in support of their complaint where possible.

 

Disabled Students Policy

Plain Text Version

Our Disabled Students’ Policy offers the practical support of a student staff member to help disabled candidates with elections activities.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

A round-up of our most frequently asked questions and lots of useful information.

Candidate Training & Drop in Sessions

It’s highly recommended that you read the documents and information before attending any of these events, as they may help to answer any questions that you have.

You can sign up to these sessions below:

Elections 2023: Drop In Session
1st February 3pm - 5pm
Zoom
Elections 2023: International Students Session
2nd February 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Harvey Milk Room, First Floor, Guild Building
Elections 2023: Drop In Session
6th February 11am - 1pm
Zoom/Student Voice Office (Guild Building)
Elections 2023: Q&A and Social
6th February 1pm - 4pm
Guild Council Chambers, First Floor, Guild Building
Elections 2023: Written Statement (Manifesto) Training
7th February noon - 1:30pm
Harvey Milk Room, First Floor, Guild Building
Elections 2023: Written Statement (Manifesto) Training (2)
7th February 5:30pm - 7pm
Rosa Parks Room, First Floor, Guild Building
Elections 2023: Drop In Session
8th February 2pm - 4pm
Zoom/Student Voice Office (Guild Building)
Elections 2023: Drop In Session
10th February 10am - noon
Zoom/Student Voice Office (Guild Building)
Elections 2023: Campaigning Training
13th February 1pm - 3pm
Rosa Parks Room, First Floor, Guild Building
Elections 2023: Officer & Candidates Social
14th February 1pm - 4pm
Mermaid Bar, Guild of Students
Elections 2023: Campaigning Training (2)
20th February 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Rosa Parks Room, First Floor, Guild Building


Useful Resources & Support

Here are also some resources which may be useful to read before attending these sessions:

 

Introduction to Online Campaigning & Written Statements

Learn how to plan an effective election campaign.

 

Further Guidance on Online & In-Person Campaigning

Campaigning will involve and mix of in-person and online and may involve speaking to students, and having a physical campaign presence.

 

Useful Information For Your Campaign & Written Statement

Useful information that covers a range of products and services offered at University.

 

Candidate Wellbeing Guide

It’s completely understandable that you will want to put your all into the election process, but there are a few things that you can do to ensure that you look after yourself during this time.

What Is The Elections Timeline?

13 Dec
-
30 Jan

Registration of Interest

30 Jan
-
10 Feb

Applications

27 Feb
-
3 Mar

Voting

3
March

Results Night

What Roles Are Available?

There are many Officer roles for you to explore.

Full-Time Roles

Full time roles are open to any UoB student, whatever year you are in. If you aren’t a final year student, you will have to take a year out of your studies to carry out a full time Officer position:

president role

Guild
President

  • Helps to govern the University to ensure it represents students
  • Leads the Guild on democracy and governance work
  • Leads the Officer Team
  • Represents UoB students in the media
  • Chairs the Campaigns Committee

Full Description

education role

Education
Officer

  • Works with the University to ensure that UoB students have the best academic experience
  • Represents students to the University to make sure their education meets their expectations
  • Works with Student Reps to make sure students have a say in how their course is run
  • Chairs the Education Committee

Full Description

international role

International
Officer

  • Ensures all international students at UoB have a great academic and social experience
  • Represents UoB students who are on a year abroad
  • Organises events to help to include and support international students

Full Description

activites role

Actvities & Employability Officer

  • Ensures student groups and societies help students to develop and feel happy and healthy
  • Responsible for Guild Venues and its commercial matters
  • Supports students to have a great time in halls, through events and activities
  • Chairs the Activities Committee

Full Description

postgrad role

Postgraduate
Officer

  • Helps postgraduate students get a great academic and social experience
  • Ensures postgraduate students feel part of their community and can get involved in ways that suit them
  • Works with the University to make sure postgraduates are healthy, happy and supported

Full Description

sports role

Sports
Officer

  • Ensures Sports Clubs help students develop and feel happy and healthy
  • Works with UoB Sport to make sure clubs are what students want
  • Helps students across campus to get active in the ways that suit them
  • Co-chairs the Activities Committee

Full Description

welfare role

Welfare & Community Officer

  • Helps and supports students with their welfare, wellbeing, housing, community and safety
  • Campaigns to help staff and students build a happy, inclusive community
  • Makes sure that University services are inclusive and accessible
  • Supports the wellbeing of students on in campus accommodation and the community
  • Chairs the Welfare and Liberation Committee

Full Description

Full-Time Roles

There are some other core responsibilities that all Full-Time Officers have, including:

  • Taking part in Scrutiny Panel meetings
  • Helping to lead, promote and engage students with democracy and decision-making in the Guild, including decision-making committees and the All Student Meeting
  • Representing students’ academic interests on University College Committees
  • Helping to promote and engage students with major Guild events (e.g. Welcome Week, Officer Elections, Autumn Elections, etc) 

As a Full-Time Officer, you are also a Trustee of the Guild!

Trustees are part of a Trustee Board, and are governors/directors of a charity - they help to make decisions on a charity’s strategy, development, and spending. So as a Full-Time Officer Trustee of the Guild, you will help to make decisions on these things!

You also work alongside four Student Trustees (students who are recruited to volunteer alongside their studies), six External Trustees (recruited professionals from outside of the Guild who are experienced in a relevant industry [e.g. finance, education] and contribute an outside perspective to the Board), and a University representative (University staff member). The President is the Chair of the Board. More information can be found in in Byelaws 3 & 4 , and more general information about being a Charity Trustee can be found on the Charity Commission website.

Full Job Role Descriptions

You can download the Full Job Role Descriptions Document for all the information about each Officer role.

More information in general about each Full-Time Officer role can be found in the “Role Descriptions” document and Byelaw 7.

To find out more about what Officers do on a day to day basis and as Trustees, you can contact one of the current Full-Time Officers or email the Elections Team.

Part-Time Roles

Part time roles are open to any UoB student and are carried out alongside your studies on a voluntary basis. It would usually mean a commitment of between 5-10 hours per week, and you get out of the role what you put in.

campaigns role

Campaigns
Officer

  • Actively campaigns on an issue(s) that is important to students (e.g. anti-racism, sustainability, support for care leaver students)
  • Encourage student involvement in their campaign(s)
  • Ensures that the Guild actively supports other student led campaigns on issues that are of concern to students
  • Is aware and reactive to the needs and priorities of students when necessary
  • Attends Campaigns Committee

Full Description

disabled role

Disabled Students'
Officer

  • Represents and campaigns for inclusivity, accessibility and equal rights for disabled students at UoB and the Guild
  • Co-Chair of Disability and Mental Health Students’ Association (DAMSA)
  • Attends Welfare & Liberation Committee

Full Description

ethnic role

Ethnic Minority Students' Officer

  • Represents and campaigns for inclusivity and equal rights of ethnic minority students at UoB and the Guild
  • Co-Chair of Black and Ethnic Minority Students’ Association (BEMA)
  • Attends Welfare & Liberation Committee

Full Description

ethics and environmental role

Ethical and Environmental Officer

  • Raises awareness of the Guild and University’s environmental impact and helping to develop a more sustainable student community
  • Sits on the Guild’s Ethical and Environmental Committee
  • Attends Campaigns Committee

Full Description

lgbtq role

LGBTQ+ Students' Officer

  • Represents and campaigns for inclusivity and equal rights of LGBTQ+ students at UoB and the Guild
  • Co-Chair of LQBTQ+ Association
  • Attends Welfare & Liberation Committee

Full Description

trans role

Trans and Non-Binary Students' Officer

  • Represents and campaigns for inclusivity and equal rights of trans and non-binary students at UoB and the Guild
  • Attends Welfare & Liberation Committee

Full Description

womens role

Women's
Officer

  • Represents and campaigns for inclusivity and equal rights of women students at UoB and the Guild
  • Co-Chair of Intersectional Feminist Association
  • Attends Welfare & Liberation Committee

Full Description

Part-Time Roles

There are some other core responsibilities that all Part-Time Officers have, including:

  • Taking part in Scrutiny Panel meetings
  • Helping to lead, promote and engage students with democracy and decision-making in the Guild, including decision-making committees and the All Student Meeting
  • Helping to promote and engage students with major Guild events (e.g. Welcome Week, Officer Elections, Autumn Elections, etc) 

Full Job Role Descriptions

You can download the Full Job Role Descriptions Document for all the information about each Officer role.

More information in general about each Part-Time Officer role can be found in the “Role Descriptions” document and Byelaw 7.

To find out more about what Officers do on a day to day basis, you can contact one of the current Part-Time Officers or email the Elections Team.

NUS Liberation Conference Delegate

In this election, you also have the chance to apply for an NUS Liberation Conference Delegate position. If you are elected, you will ensure that Black and/or Trans students nationally are effectively represented at the NUS Liberation Conference in Spring.

nus Trans role

Trans Students'
NUS Delegate Place

nus Black Students role

Black Students'
NUS Delegate Place

NUS Liberation Conference Delegate

In this election, you also have the chance to apply for an NUS Liberation Conference Delegate position. There are two Delegate roles available in this election – Trans Students Place and Black Students Place. Please note that you must self-identify as a Trans student and/or Black student (Black, Asian and/or ethnic minority) to apply for these roles. 

If you are elected, you will ensure that Black and/or Trans students nationally are effectively represented at the NUS Liberation Conference in Spring. 

You must be able to attend the NUS Liberation Conference, which will be on

Monday 17th April – Tuesday 18th April, at Blackpool Winter Gardens. Food, accommodation and transport costs will be paid for by the Guild.

If you have any questions about the roles, about being an Officer, or the campaigning and elections process, you can always email our friendly Elections Team at elections@guild.bham.ac.uk.

Past Officers Where Are They Now?

Ever wondered what your previous Officers have gone on to do after their time in Office? We’ve been catching up with some of our former Officers to see where they are now, what they gained from their time as an Officer and how it led to their current careers.

Officer Election Quiz

Recommend a Friend

Officer Elections 2023 - Recommend a Friend

Do you know someone who would make an amazing Guild Officer? Are they passionate about education? Could they be the voice for international or postgraduate students? Can they share their passion about student groups, plan the biggest & best events or make incredible changes to their accommodation? We want to know about them.

We want to know about those incredible people who could make real changes to our community! If you know someone who you think could make things happen, then let us know by pressing Start and completing the form.

Don’t worry, you won’t be signing them up for anything without their knowledge – we’ll just drop them an email before nominations close to let them know that someone out there thinks they’d be a great candidate! Simple. As. That.

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