Guild Elections


As your Guild of Students we’re the home of student democracy here at University of Birmingham. But what does this mean? Above all, it means that the student voice is at the heart of everything we do, so throughout the year we run regular elections, giving students like you the chance to feed into all areas of University life, from your education, to student groups and student welfare.

As your Students’ Union, we’re run by a team of student Officers who are elected into position during Spring Elections – our biggest Election of the year. The Officers then work to represent all 38,000+ students at Birmingham throughout their year in Office, to ensure you get the most out of University life.

But it doesn’t stop there, each year we also host elections for many other positions including School Reps, College Reps, Committee Members, NUS Delegates and more. Interested in getting involved and representing your fellow students? Keep checking this webpage and our social media for upcoming opportunities.

It’s your voice, only louder.

Useful Information

You can find below our documents and videos that include important information about elections (including rules and regulations), and useful resources to help with applications, campaigning and voting. You can also see any events running that relate to Guild Elections.

Election Documents

When applying 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.


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.


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

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


Disabled Students’ Policy Poster

Plain Text Version

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

Useful Videos & Info

Want an insight in to what it's like to be an Officer? Not sure how or why you should vote in our elections? Watch our videos to find out!

Election Events

You can find all of our Events below that are related to anything Elections:

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Elections Schedule

Autumn Elections
Spring Officer Elections
Spring Student Groups Elections
Summer Elections

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