Student elections. Vote. Be heard

Be the voice of the student body - become a student officer!

Would you like to gain great skills for your CV and work to improve the student experience?

By nominating yourself to become a student officer, you will have the chance to gain some impressive professional experience, learn more about the type of job you want to do in the future, and gain skills in communication, project management, and negotiation.

Having the chance to create change and help make the University a better place for your classmates is very rewarding, and you will have the full support of the Students’ Union team. This full-time role pays £21,000 a year, and successful candidates will have training and support that can be beneficial for your CV. The roles are for one year starting from 1 July 2021.

Student officer roles and responsibilities

These are the available roles:

- activities and opportunities officer
- education officer
- wellbeing and community officer.

As a student officer, you will work to improve the student experience by:

  • Representing the student body by looking at evidence collected by the Students’ Union and influencing the University to change its policies to make positive changes.

  • Encouraging students to give feedback about their experiences to the Students’ Union and making sure their feedback is heard.
  • Building relationships with community groups and campaign groups, telling us about the issues they are experiencing, and working with us and the University to solve problems.

The student officer role is a full-time job from 01 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 and pays £21,000. If you are elected, you will normally work from our office at Docklands, but you’ll also need to engage with students at Stratford and USS. The job description will be made available shortly.

You can read the role descriptions here. Each student officer is responsible for leading the area covered by the title. Many of the responsibilities are shared with other student officers.

Along with the six school representatives, student officers are also members of the Student Leadership Committee. This committee is responsible for deciding Students' Union policy on a matters affecting stduents and for working together to improve the University. You can read the committee's responsibilities here.

What makes a good student officer?

If you care about making sure student voices are heard, and you are prepared to work with us, fellow students and the University to help make things better, then you will find the role very rewarding.

You will receive continuous support and guidance from us to help you on your mission to improve student life. You do not need to have any experience. All you need is passion, a good work ethic, and a commitment to helping students.

How do I become a student officer?

Nominations have now closed.

What happens next?

After the close of nominations, all candidates who have correctly completed a nomination form and meet the criteria will be invited to attend the rules training sessions and statement and campaigning training sessions. You will be required to submit a photograph and your statement (manifesto) by the deadline. If you complete all these steps, you will automatically become a candidate.

Candidates can start campaigning on Monday 26 April. (Campaigning before this date will lead to disqualification.) During the campaigning period, you will be required to an online question and answer session where all students will have the chance to hear about why you want to be elected and why you think you would be a good student officer.

Students will then have the chance to vote from 08:00 to 22:00 on Wednesday 28 April and Thursday 29 April.

Candidate handbook

The candidate handbook is available here.

Key dates

Rules training session

Tue 20 April, 13:00 - 13:30
Wed 21 April, 09:30 - 10:00
Wed 21 April, 15:30 - 16:00

Candidates must attend at least one session.

Links have been provided to nominated candidates.

Statement and campaign training session

Tue 20 April, 13:30 - 14:00
Wed 21 April, 10:00 - 10:30
Wed 21 April, 16:00 - 16:30

Candidates must attend at least one session.

Links have been provided to nominated candidates.

Campaigning starts

Mon 26 April, 00:01


Candidate question and answer session

Mon 26 April

[Format and times will be confirmed after number of candidates is known.]

Candidates must attend relevant Q&A.

Voting opens

08:00-22:00, Wed 28 April and Thu 29 April