Elections and Referenda

‘The Mature Students’ Officer is one of the 7 Part-Time leaders of the Students’ Union. Leading the Mature Students’ Network, this Officer represents every Mature Student at the University of Nottingham and works to: lobby for improvements, make their needs known to the University and Union and affect positive change for their constituents.’
Elections Committee (2):
The Elections Committee are made up of seven elected students, one full-time Officer and one part-time Officer. The Committee exist to make sure that all Students Union cross-campus elections and referenda are run in an open, fair and transparent way.
The Committee's main tasks each year are setting budgets for campaigns, and reviewing grievances or complaints submitted against individual campaigners or campaign teams. They are responsible for reviewing campaign guidelines and principles which campaigners and campaign teams are expected to uphold.
Democratic Procedures Committee (2):
The Democratic Procedures Committee, consisting of nine students and three officers, is responsible for discussing and voting on motions submitted by students which seek to change, clarify or update the governing documents of the Students' Union.
These documents are anything from the bye-laws (a document which explains how the Students' Union should run) to approving the constitutions of societies and student groups.
Their work focuses on ensuring that the wording of these documents that outline processes and procedures are clear and unambiguous, and making sure that any decisions to change these have the will of students behind them.
Scrutiny Panel (1):
Student Scrutineers hold all full-time Officers to account on their remit, manifesto, and policy.
They meet roughly four times a year, assisted by two sabbatical or full-time Officers from another Students' Union to support them in understanding the expectations of Officer's work over a year, and help the scrutineers understand where Officers could be working harder.
The scrutineers receive reports written by the Officers in advance of the meetings. From this report the scrutineers create questions to ask the Officer to hold them to account for their work. At the end of the meeting the scrutineers then rate the Officer's performance and these are published for all students to see on the UoNSU website.
You will see that there are currently multiple available positions within the Education Network, calling for Course, Education and Faculty representatives. Please read below for information on the roles we are offering!

Being a Course Rep is the first level of engagement in student voice locally, on your course. Course Reps have a number of duties, including gathering feedback and attending key meetings to lobby for positive change on behalf of your peers. A more detailed role profile can be found here. To become a Course Rep, all you need to do is volunteer - simply sign-this form and you’re good to go- congratulations! Sign-ups are open from 9am 19th October – 9am 26th October, so don’t miss out!

Education and Faculty reps are roles that oversee a school/department/division or a whole faculty! These roles have a similar goal: to gather feedback and lobby for positive changes, but with more responsibilities and on a higher level.

To become an Education or Faculty rep we run an elections process! If you are interested in the role, first, check your school or faculty has a vacancy (some of the spots were filled at the end of Spring Term last academic year) and if there is, you just need to nominate yourself. Read on for further details on each role specifically!

UG Education Reps:
Education Reps work to effect positive change as academic representatives on a school, department or division level. They gather feedback and lobby or campaign for positive changes within their departments, supporting the course reps within them and escalating key issues to their Faculty Reps.

Please get in touch with sucoursereps@nottingham.ac.uk with any queries!

Positions available:

  • Liberal Arts
  • Department of Classics and Archaeology (Archaeology)
  • Department of Music
  • Department of American and Canadian Studies
  • Department of Culture, Media and Visual Studies (Culture, Film and Media)
  • Department of Modern Languages and Cultures (German Studies)
  • Department of Modern Languages and Cultures (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies)
  • Foundation Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
  • School of Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Medicine (Pre-Clinical)
  • School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (Pre-Clinical)
  • School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (Clinical)
  • Health Sciences, Division of Midwifery
  • Health Sciences, Division of Nursing (Clinical)
  • Health Sciences, Division of Nursing (Taught)
  • Health Sciences, Division of Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation

UG Faculty Reps:
Undergraduate Faculty Reps are academic representatives who essentially chair their Faculty within the Network. This means they support their Education Reps in their roles, represent students at Faculty-level meetings, sharing their feedback and working with staff to find positive solutions to problems and they escalate any key University-wide issues to the Education Officer to tackle on a broader scale! To see a more detailed role profile please click here.

Positions available:

  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (Clinical)
  • Faculty of Science
Note- to be an Undergraduate Faculty Rep, you need to have been a Course or Education Rep previously.


PGR & PGT Faculty Reps

Positions available:

  • Postgraduate Research Faculty of Arts
  • Postgraduate Research Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Postgraduate Taught Faculty of Arts
  • Postgraduate Taught Faculty of Engineering
  • Postgraduate Taught Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Postgraduate Taught Faculty of Science
  • Postgraduate Taught Faculty of Social Sciences

Postgraduate Faculty Reps are academic representatives who essentially chair their Faculty within the Network, either for all Postgraduate Taught or all Postgraduate Research students. This means they support their Course Reps in their roles, represent students at Faculty-level meetings, sharing their feedback and working with staff to find positive solutions to problems and they escalate any key University-wide issues to the Postgraduate Officer to tackle on a broader scale! For a more detailed role profile for PGT Faculty reps click here and for PGR Faculty Reps click here! Please get in touch with sucoursereps@nottingham.ac.uk with any queries!
Hall Committees are there to represent the views of the residents in their hall, as well as create a fun and diverse events and trips programme to make the year in halls a fantastic one!

The committee consists of a Chair, Treasurer, Two Events Coordinators and a Wellbeing Coordinator. The role of Chair is elected as they represent their hall and work for change. The other roles on committee are applied for and will be invited to a selection day. So if you’re interested in developing events, managing a budget, promoting positive wellbeing or making change for your hall – apply to be on committee.
The Jubilee Campus Exec has been created to ensure that the views of all Jubilee residents are heard and reflected into the campus. Not only are they there to listen and make change, but also create a fun and diverse events and trips programme to make the year on campus fantastic.

The Exec consists of a Chair for each hall, a general secretary, treasurer, two events coordinators, wellbeing coordinator and an inclusion coordinator. So if you’re interested in developing the experience on Jubilee Campus – nominate yourself for the exec.

General information regarding Elections:

Votes are cast by 'Single Transferable Vote'. Unsure how this voting system works?

Watch this video to find out!

If you have any questions about voting or the above elections, please email the Elections Team.

For societyclub or network elections, please see their own individual web pages. If you are looking for Course Rep elections, these are held in the first two weeks of term in October.

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