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Big Elections 2022

Could you be the next Student Leader?

Results Party at Paisley 5:30pm 11/03/21
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Watch Your Candidates Videos Here To Help You Decide Who To Vote For, or see all the candidates by clicking here!:


VP Education:

VP Student Development:

VP Welfare and Wellbeing:



Quick links to topics covered on this page:

  1. Big Elections 2022 Timetable
  2. Paid Sabbatical Roles
  3. Volunteer Roles
  4. Support For Candidates
  5. FAQs
  6. Questions or Complaints


What are the Big Elections?

  • These elections are when UWS students choose who will represent them in academic year 2022/2023.
  • Students can nominate themselves for two types of position: either a full time paid role as a sabbatical officer, or a part time volunteer role conducted alongside your studies.
  • Nominations close on Friday 18th February at midday so don't miss out!

If you're already ready, click here to nominate yourself!

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Big Elections 2022 Timetable

Online Pre Nomination Info Sessions 

Wednesday 2nd February 15:00 – 16:00 
Friday 4th February 11:00 – 12:00 

Click here for Zoom Link to Info Sessions

Nominations Open 

Monday 7th February 12:00 

On Campus Drop In Info Sessions 

Paisley - Wednesday 9th February 12:00 – 14:00 - UWS Union Bar
Ayr – Tuesday 15th February 12:00 – 14:00 - UWS Atrium
Lanarkshire – Wednesday 16th February 12:00 – 14:00 - UWS Union Space

London Campus - Tuesday 15th February 11:00 - 12:00 - Union Space, Import Building

London Campus - Wednesday 16th February 14:00 - 15:00 - Union Space, Import Building

Online Info Sessions 
(For prospective candidates and candidates!)

Tuesday 8th February 11:00 – 12:00 
Tuesday 8th February 17:00 – 18:00 
Friday 11th February 14:00-15:00  
Monday 14th February 12:00 – 13:00
Thursday 17th February 15:00 - 16:00

Click here for Zoom Link to Info Sessions

Nominations Close 

Friday 18th February 12:00 

Candidate Training 

Candidate Training will be a mixture of videos and live drop in sessions. 
Candidates can start these as soon as they nominate themselves!
Candidates can drop in on any of the online info sessions above to ask questions.
Live Sessions for candidates will run between the 28th of February and the 10th of February.
You can find details of all candidate sessions in the candidate information pack here.

Manifesto Deadline Monday 7th March 10:00 - if you don't have a manifesto uploaded by this time your candidacy will not be approved.
This means you will not be able to stand for election. 

Voting Opens 

Monday 7th March 12:00  

Voting Closes 

Thursday 10th March 12:00 

Results Party 

Friday 11th March Doors at 17.30, Results at 18.30 at UWS Student Union

*Candidates can begin campaigning virtually (i.e. online) as soon as they nominate themselves


Sabbatical Officer Roles

Salary £20,150 p/a


  • Sabbatical Officers are the full time student leadership team of the Students' Union.
  • Sabbs lead the students’ union after being elected by UWS students.
  • They work to deliver their election promises and sit on the University Court and Senate – the highest decision making bodies of the university.
  • They are the people who bring the student voice right to the University management.
  • They are called "sabbatical" officers because they pause their studies for a year or take up the role as they graduate.
  • Elected Sabbatical Officers will paid and begin training on the 27th June but will be officially in office for a year beginning on 1st July
  • There are four sabbatical positions so there's a role to suit you and whatever you care about most!

The main role of all Sabbatical Officers is to advocate for and improve the university experience for students. Read on to find out what Sabbatical Officers' work looks like and the difference between each role. Like any student representative, all four Sabbatical officers do the following work:

  • Identify the issues students experience by listening to students across the university be speaking with them in person or online.
  • Work out what needs to be done to improve the lives of students.
  • Attend meetings with university managers and join committees and groups across the university to express the views of students.
  • Work within these groups so that systems, processes, services, and more can be improved for students. 
  • Lead projects to improve the lives of students.
  • Become a part of the wider student movement, working together with Officers and staff from across Scotland and the UK.
  • Become a member of the Students’ Union Board of Trustees.
  • Work to achieve their manifesto that students voted for!

However, each Sabbatical Officer has a different area of work to focus on so the day to day work will vary for each role!


If you are looking to develop and use your leadership skills and like to have an overview of everything that is happening, this could be the perfect position for you!

The president is the leader of the Students’ Union – this means that they lead the Sabbatical Team, the student reps, and the Union. The president sits on the highest university committees and meets regularly with the senior management.

  • The president leads the Students’ Union, and the team of sabbatical officers.
  • The president, alongside the board of trustees, is responsible for the actions of the students’ union, and will represent all student at UWS through attending meetings such as the University Court and Senate, and working in partnership with students, staff, and the wider student movement.


VP Education

If you are passionate about learning and teaching, and see that the educational experience is central to your university experience, you could be the next VP Education!

The VP Education is concerned with the learning experience of students! This means they work on everything learning and teaching. This includes the resources students have to learn, how they learn and are taught, assessment and feedback, and the guidance and support they receive along the way.

  • The VP Education works to improve the learning experience at UWS.
  • They work particularly closely with student reps, focussing on education of course!
  • The VP education works to improve learning resources, curriculum, and teaching methods among other things.


VP Student Development

If you are excited about all of the extra activities university has to offer such as clubs, societies, and volunteering this position could be a great fit for you!

The VP Student Development looks after everything that makes up the student experience beyond the learning and teaching – this means all the extra activities students can get involved in like joining and running clubs and societies, doing volunteer work, and gaining extra skills. 

  • The VP Student Development works to improve student lives at UWS outside of the classroom.
  • They work with clubs and societies, and work to develop opportunities for students.
  • This can include volunteering and skills training.


VP Welfare and Wellbeing 

If you know university can be a tough time for students and want to help ensure students are cared for, why not apply to be the next Welfare and Wellbeing?

The VP Welfare and Wellbeing cares about student wellbeing and mental health. This includes issues with student poverty and housing, as well as improving support for student mental health. These are key issues facing students so it’s important to keep up to date with the latest thinking and research on mental health in universities within this role.

  • The VP Welfare and Wellbeing works to improve student welfare and wellbeing at UWS.
  • This includes helping to create a better environment for student mental health, and working towards solutions for student poverty.



Volunteer Roles


Volunteer School Officer Roles

  • School Officers bridge the gap between divisional reps and the Sabbatical Officers.
  • School Officers gather information from divisional reps, sit on School Boards, and keep students informed, and work with the Students' Union to improve life for UWS students within their schools.
  • There are two school officers per school at UWS, and this is a role you can complete during your studies to gain experience and skills, and an insight into how the university works!
  • This role is open to those on taught programmes, and there is a seperate opportunity for research students.
  • To be eligible you must be a student until at least Summer 2023!


Union Chair Role

  • The Union Chair is a very important role within the Students' Union.
  • The Union Chair is elected to hold the Sabbatical Officers to account and is the chair of Student Council.
  • This means chairing meetings that could have over 100 student reps in attendance and ensuring fair debating and voting on Student Union policy. 
  • To be eligible you must be a student until at least Summer 2023!

Support for Candidates

If you stand for election we provide loads of support to all of our candidates to help you to be the strongest candidate you can be, and you can always get intouch with if you have any questions!
- Regular Information Sessions - As set out in the elections timetable above and there will be more candidate sessions throughout the election period
- Candidate Briefing - Once you nominate yourself you'll be sent the candidate briefing which will give you an introduction to everything you need to know about the elections.
- Guidance on writing a manifesto - Your manifesto is key to your campaign - it's where you'll set out who you are, what you want to do for students at UWS, and why students should vote for you. As a Sabbatical Candidate you must upload a manifesto before your candidacy will be approved. You can read the guide available as part of the candidate pack here. You will also be able to book a session with our Membership Manager David Devlin for feedback on your manifesto. 
- Graphics Design Support - All candidates will be able to book an advice session with a professional graphic designer to help to design your campaigning materials. There is also written guidance about designing graphics available as part of the candidate pack here.  
- Introduction to Canva Session - is a great free resources for creating graphics, and we'll run an introduction to canva session to help you get started and will be available for any follow up questions you have too. 
- Video Editing Services for Sabbatical Officer Candidates - Sabbatical Officer candidates will be given access to professional video editing services for their campaign videos. You can see what you need to do by reading the guidance document available as part of the candidate pack here. 

Election FAQs

We'll be updating these as the election goes on and we get more questions!

Why should I stand for election?
Any of these positions are an excellent opportunity to:

  • Make a Difference – improve UWS for your fellow students by making sure that students are heard!

  • Develop Skills – you’ll get an opportunity to attend meetings at a very high level, work in partnership with university staff, and develop your skills for the workplace.

  • Get training and support – Whatever role you stand for your Students’ Union will support you to campaign, and if you’re elected your Students’ Union is here to support you in your role.

  • Get Paid - if you are successfully elected as a Sabbatical Officer you'll be in a paid role for a year!

Why should I care about the Elections?

We believe that students should be at the heart of everything that happens at UWS – Elections make sure that the student representatives truly represent the views of students, and that the student voice is heard at every level of the university.

Why are there no PGR Roles or NUS Conference Roles this time round?

We now elect both of these types of roles at different times of the year - PGR Representatives will be elected later in the Summer, and NUS Conference Delegates will be elected in September, alongside Course and Divisional Rep Roles. 

How do I nominate myself?

When elections are open you can simply log in to this election page and choose which position to nominate yourself for. Make sure you upload a manifesto to let students know what you stand for and why they should vote for you!

I'm an international student, can I stand for a Sabbatical Officer Position?

Yes you can! Click here to read about the Tier 4 Visa requirements!

Still have questions? Contact, your student representation coordinator, for more information!


Questions or Complaints

If you have any questions about the election, please contact Sabina Lawrie on 0141 849 4419 or email . All enquiries are kept in the strictest confidence. 

If you would like to make a complaint about the election please download and complete the Elections Complaint Form before sending it to Sabina. You can read a copy of the election rules by clicking here, and a copy of the rules regarding online campaigning by clicking here



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