Welcome to our Big Elections! This is where you can nominate yourself, and elect your four full time paid Sabbatical Officers, and UWS' wonderful volunteer School Officers and Union Chair.
Nominations run from midday on the 7th of February, until midday on the 18th of February.
Voting Opens on from midday on the 7th of March, and closes on midday on the 10th of March.
You can find out more about the elections here: www.sauws.org.uk/vote
Students' Association University of West Scotland
9 posts are up for election.
Nominations open at 12:00 on Monday 7 February 2022 (in 15 days)
The polls open at 12:00 on Monday 7 March 2022 (in 6 weeks and 1 days)
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
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
Online Info Sessions
Tuesday 8th February 11:00 – 12:00
Tuesday 8th February 17:00 – 18:00
Friday 11th February 14:00-15:00
Monday 14th February 13:00 – 12:00
Friday 18th February 12:00
Monday 21st February – Friday 4th March, details TBC
Monday 7th March 12:00
Thursday 10th March 12:00
Friday 11th March Evening Location TBC
*Candidates can begin campaigning virtually (i.e. online) as soon as they nominate themselves
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!
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!
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!
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?
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 email@example.com 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 - www.canva.com 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.
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!
Still have questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, your student representation coordinator, for more information!
If you have any questions about the election, please contact Sabina Lawrie on 0141 849 4419 or email email@example.com . 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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