Autumn Term Elections

The Autumn Term elections are your chance to have your say on who leads your Guild this year. You can nominate yourself to represent the views of over 36,000 students and make a real difference to our University community. The following information will give you an insight into the positions that are up for election, support available from the Guild and how the election works.  

This is your chance to change things and help all students ‘get the best from Birmingham’!


Candidate Budgets

NUS Conference Delegate - Candidate Budgets

Guild Committee Positions - Candidate Budgets

Guild Policy Development Group, OQT & Officer By-Election - Candidate Budgets






To view and take part in this election, please login via the mybham portal here and then return to this page once logged in.

Autumn Elections Schedule

  • Nominations Open: Monday 2nd October at 10am
  • Nominations Close: Friday 13th October at 12midday
  • Nominations reopen for unfilled positions: Monday 16th October at 12midday until Wednesday 18th October at 4pm
  • Election training for candidates: Precise dates depend on position. Candidates will be informed via email.
  • Campaigning and Voting Opens: Monday 23rd October at 10am
  • Campaigning and Voting Closes: Friday 27th October at 4pm
  • Results: Monday 30th October (via email)

Autumn Term Elections

All of the Committees of the Guild empower you to make changes on the issues that matter to you. Each has its own remit, so you can be sure that whatever your interests, there will be a role that’s just right for you.

All roles are Part-Time, so they can be completed alongside any study commitments.

Commuter Students’ Officer – formerly Home Students’ Officer (Officer By-election)

The Commuter Students’ Officer supports those students who have chosen to live at home whilst they study at the University of Birmingham. You’ll ensure that home students do not miss out on the full University of Birmingham experience. You’ll work other Guild Officers and the University to encourage more local residents to attend university and so widen participation in higher education.

Candidates for Home Students’ Officer are expected to be a Full Member normally a resident in or around Birmingham.

Mature and Part Time Students Officer (Officer By-election)

The Mature and Part-time Students’ Officer campaigns on issues related to Mature and Part-time Students, promoting the interests of these students to the University of Birmingham, the Guild and the wider community. They ensure that the Guild is actively promoting initiatives to ensure that the welfare and interests of Mature and Part-time students are protected.

Candidates for Mature and Part-time Students’ Officer are expected to be either a mature student, aged over 21 or over at the beginning of their undergraduate course, or aged 25 or over at the beginning of their postgraduate course, or a part-time student.

Guild Policy Development Group Members

The Guild Policy Development Group will replace the Assessment Group. It will take on a new role this year in formulating Guild policy to make sure that the Guild remains relevant to you.

The Group also plays a key role in the “Your Ideas” process. They are responsible for considering all of the ideas submitted in a given cycle and checking them for financial/reputational or legal issues.

The Guild Policy Development Group consists of 13 members and is made up of Guild Officers and representative groups within the Guild. In the 2017-18 academic year, the positions to be elected are:

1x BME student representative member

1 x LGBTQ student representative member

1x Trans student representative member  

1 x Woman student representative member

1 x Disabled student representative member

1 x Postgraduate student representative member

1x International student representative member   

3 x Open Place representative members


Any full member can stand for the Open Place position on the Guild Policy Development Group.

By standing for the Postgraduate member position, it is expected that you are either a postgraduate taught or postgraduate research student.

The BME, LGBTQ, Disabled and Woman representative members are all self-defined roles. It is expected that by standing for that role, you self-define into one of those roles.

Chair of Officer Question Time

The Chair of Officer Question Time presides over all meetings of Officer Question Time – open meetings where students can hold their Officer Team to account for the things they do.

You will play a key role in setting the agenda for each meeting, being a key decision maker at the heart of the Guild’s democratic process and helping to ensure that the Guild plays an effective role in the lives of the wider student population.

NUS Conference Delegate

Delegates to National Union of Students conferences have a role in setting the agenda for the wider student movement, by voting on policy and suggesting policy ideas of their own.

By attending an NUS Conference, you can have a say on the issues that will matter to you. It is also a great opportunity to network with delegates from Unions across the UK.  

Delegates will be elected for:

  • NUS National Conference (8 posts): 27th – 29th March 2018
  • Black Students’ Conference (1 post): 12th – 13th May 2018
  • LGBT+ Students Conference (2 posts): 7th – 8th March 2018
  • Trans Students Conference (1 post): 6th March 2018
  • Disabled Students Conference (1 post): 2nd - 3rd May 2018
  • Women’s Conference (2 posts): 1st – 3rd May 2018
  • International Students Conference (2 posts): 27th February 2018
  • Mature and Part Time Students Conference (1 post): TBC
  • Postgraduate Students Conference (2 posts): TBC  

The above dates are those released by NUS and are correct at the time of print. These dates may be subject to slight changes beyond the Guild’s control. Candidates are asked to ensure they are available to attend the dates above before nominating themselves for the role of NUS Delegate.

Nominations for the NUS National Conference Delegate role are open to any registered student at the University of Birmingham. According to current NUS policy, the Guild must ensure that at least 50% (rounded down) of the delegation define as a woman. This is to ensure that the Guild’s delegation to NUS National Conference is gender balanced. 

By nominating yourself for any of the Liberation or Section Conference roles, it is expected that you fall into one of the categories above – including via self-definition where appropriate for liberation roles.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to stand, or would like more information on the above before submitting a nomination, please email:

Student Equality and Diversity Committee Member

This year, the Student Equality and Diversity Group will seek to identify the broad range of issues relating to equality and diversity on campus and develop the Guild’s strategy for addressing them. This will bring together the work being done by different groups around the University such as accessibility on campus, gender-neutral toilets, the BME attainment gap, student parents and carers, LGBTQ-inclusive curricula and more.

If there are issues you’re passionate about or if you want to improve the experience of minority groups of students on campus then get involved.

Ethical and Environmental Committee Member

The Ethical and Environmental Committee does exactly what is says on the tin – it is responsible for overseeing the Guild’s response to environmental issues from recycling to power consumption. This Committee was instrumental to the Guild’s receipt of the NUS’ Green Impact Excellent Award in 2017.

As a member of this committee, you can help make the Guild a sustainable place, where the environment remains at the forefront of the Guild’s vision and strategy.

Appointments Panel Member

The Appointments Panel is responsible for recruiting and selecting new Trustees for the Guild of Students. The Trustees have ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the Guild is legally and financially compliant and for monitoring the overall organisational strategy.

As a member of the Appointments Panel, you can ensure the needs of students are represented during this process, and will continue to remain at the heart of the student experience.


To view and take part in this election, please login via the mybham portal here and then return to this page once logged in.


Useful Information


Election Documents

In order to run as a candidate in a Guild of Students Election, candidates must adhere to the Guild’s Election Regulations and Bye Law 8 (Elections). The Law, Institution and Union rules also all count and become election rules, including the Guild’s Zero Tolerance Policy & Bullying & Harassment 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.

You can find all the important documents and policies you will need to run as a candidate below:

Election Guides:

Please make sure you download the correct guide for the position you want to nominate yourself for.

Please click here to download the Guide for Officer By-elections, Guild Policy Development Group positions. Chair of Officer Question Time election and Guild Committee elections.

Please click here to download the NUS Conference Delegate Guide.

Election Regulations

Please click here to download the Guild of Students’ Election Regulations. All candidates must read these regulations and ensure their supporters & campaign teams are also made aware of these rules. It is the candidate’s responsibility to be aware of these rules – ignorance of the rules is not an excuse for breaking them. Therefore you should contact Student Voice on  if you are unclear or need further assistance on any of the regulations at any time. 

Guild of Students Byelaws

Please click here  to download the 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.

Complaint Form

Please click here  to download the Complaint Form. A student or candidate wishing to submit an election complaint must do so by using the Guild of Students Election Complaint Form. This must be sent by email to

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

List of Freely Available Items

Please click here to download the List of Freely Available Items. These are items that you can use without having to make a claim on your budget. All other items you wish to use must come out of your allocated budget.

Additional Support for Disabled Candidates

Please click here to download the Guild’s Policy on Additional Support for Disabled Candidates.

Visual Manifesto & Written Statement Guidance

In order to nominate yourself for any of these roles, you need to submit your nomination by the nominations deadline:

  • Autumn Term Elections  – Friday 13th October at 12midday

When you nominate yourself it is advised that you also submit a written statement and visual manifesto, to tell everyone why they should vote for you. Some advice is provided below:

Written Statement

A Written Statement should be used to declare why you are running for a position, what you hope to achieve if elected and why students should vote for you – they are your opportunity to sell yourself to other students.  

There is a word limit on Written Statements. Word limits are set out as:

  • Guild Officer positions – 200 words
  • NUS Delegate – 200 words
  • Guild Committee positions - 200 words

Written Statements can be submitted online. They will then be used in Guild elections publicity. If you need assistance in uploading them, please send them to  

To help you start writing your written statement you can use the following candidate questions:

  • What do you want to achieve in this role to benefit the student population?
  • What has inspired you to run for this role?
  • What do you think is the Guild’s key function and why?


Visual Manifesto

If you are running for an Officer for an Guild Officer role, you should provide a Visual Manifesto. If you are running for an NUS Delegate, or Guild Committee role, you do not need to provide a Visual Manifesto.

A Visual Manifesto is used to quickly & visually communicate your aims and why students should vote for you. A Visual Manifesto must be A4 size. We therefore advise candidates to use these as visual representations of their manifesto points – please avoid using a large amount of text as, once the size is altered, this may not be visible!

A helpful guide on how to create a visual manifesto

We have provided some examples of previous manifestos below to help you get started on what they tend to include.

Visual Manifesto ideas - Izzy 1

Visual Manifesto Idea 2 - Joe

Visual Manifesto Idea 3

Guild Support

The Guild of Students wants to ensure that all students can stand in these elections Therefore we are offering the following support to all candidates running in these elections:

  • Provide an Elections Budget so no candidate is out of pocket.
  • The Guild shall provide a full, comprehensive training schedule to all candidates to prepare them for the elections to follow
  • The Returning Officer shall enforce strict election rules and regulations to ensure that no candidate has an unfair advantage. You can find the Election Regulations on the Election Documents page

Some additional support is available for candidates who have a specific disability where extra support may be required. If you feel that this would apply to you, you should contact the Student Voice team as soon as possible, so we can discuss the arrangements with you.

All candidates will have the opportunity to complete a post-election questionnaire at the conclusion of the elections where feedback is welcomed and suggestions for future support of candidates can be given.

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