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2021/22 student group elections

Leading a society, student group or community group is a fantastic way to meet people who share the same interests as you. It can also help you to demonstrate to employers your skills in communication, teamwork and leadership.

Each student group’s committee usually has at least three core roles – president, events and admin officer, and finance officer. Nominate yourself if you would like to lead your society and shape your group’s events and activities.

All paid members of student groups are eligible to nominate themselves for a committee role. This does not apply to community groups which do not have a membership fee. Students can pay for their student membership by selecting the relevant group and making payment.

How do I nominate myself for a committee role?

You will be able to submit your nomination from Monday 15 March via this page. The deadline for all nomination is Thursday 18 March. You will need to log into the Students' Union website to nominate yourself. You will not be able to do this before Monday 15 March. 

What happens once I have nominated myself?

If there is only one person for a committee role, then they will be automatically elected to that role.  If any committee roles have more than one person nominated, then the society members will be invited to vote on their preference. Voting will take place from Monday 22 March to Thursday 25 March. For 

What do each of the committee roles involve?

Becoming part of a society's committee is an great way to have a positive impact on fellow students. Committee roles are also good option for gaining experience that you can use in job interviews. But what should you expect from a role?

President

The president is often seen as the figurehead for the society. They work hard to build relationships with their members, other societies, the Students' Union, the University and external organisations. They will work with their committee members to delegate work and deliver a programme of activities. They lead on the general running of the group. Part of this is developing great communication skills to make sure society members are aware of forthcoming events through regular promotion via events, social media, the Students' Union website and emails. And finally, they take the time to gather feedback from members and actively work to improve their society. 

Finance officer

The finance officer is crucial for making sure the society has the funds for the society's events and activities. The individual manages the budget and makes sure that finance requests are being processed on time. E.g. invoices for catering, room hire. They should be able to keep accurate records of society income and expenditure. The other part to this role is sourcing new income from other sources. This could include applying for funds, securing sponsorship from external companies, or sourcing in-kind sponsorship such as free speakers in return for flyer distribution. 

Events and admin officer

The events and admin officer sets out the events and activities plan for the society. They work closely with the Students' Union to deliver events and manage the logistics on the day. They will often use feedback from society members to improve the society's offering. They are also in charge of the society's membership and taking minutes at committee meetings to share with the Students' Union.