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A new era for student elections. New positions, better representation!

Beds SU could be run by you!

Did you know, that Beds SU is run by students? A team of four, known as Executive Officers, are elected each year by fellow students, to listen, to support and to push for changes for the benefit of the entire student community at the University of Bedfordshire.

In February each year, Beds SU launches its Student Elections, where those who wish to be considered for one of the Executive Officer roles launches their campaigns, outlining their vision and commitment to what they will deliver if elected and why they deserve to be chosen. It’s then down to the student community to decide which four candidates they’d like to see represent them.

Do you have a vision for the future of student life at the University of Bedfordshire? Do you think you’re a good fit for one of our Executive Officer roles?

Read on to find out more, or click the button to apply.

How the election works

The election follows a clear, pre-determined process that all candidates need to follow.

1. Apply

Read through the job descriptions and find the role that works for you. Consider what it is you’d like to change about Beds SU and the University.

Once you have decided; fill out the application form.

2. Prepare

Once you have submitted your application, you’ll be contacted by a member of the elections team. They’ll provide you with the assistance you need in order to prepare your campaign before voting opens.

Your preparations will include the following:

  • Booking a filming slot with our professional videographer
  • Writing your Manifesto
  • Taking part in the filming of Question Time

Don’t worry! You’re not alone in your preparations. You will have access to a number of workshops, guides, resources and staff buddies to support you throughout the process.

You can find out more about how to prepare in the Application Pack, which is downloadable from the Candidates’ Hub.

3. Get votes

Campaigning for votes begins on 8 March with the streaming of Question Time. From then, you can use your training to reach out to prospective voters via online channels.

Voting is open 24/7 from 10am Monday 8 March until 4pm Wednesday 26 March via this website.

A full run-down of what will happen in the election and when can be found on the Key Dates page.

Why Apply?

There are so many reasons why you should consider applying to be an Exec Officer at Beds SU. Here’s a summary of the highlights:

The Role

  • Empower the student voice and drive change
  • Become a member of influential committees both across the university and wider education sector
  • Gain a greater understanding of the individual needs of those who you speak on behalf of

Support

  • Guided by a team of professionals at Beds SU
  • Access to a variety of bespoke workshops throughout every step of your journey
  • One to one support and mentoring

Personal Benefits

  • Receive a competitive salary (£20,000 per annum) and benefits package
  • Develop negotiation, communication, organisation and influencing skills
  • Enhance your CV and employability in the future
  • Take your first step into life after being a student in an environment you are passionate about

If you wish to discuss the benefits of being an Exec Officer in more detail, complete the application form and a member of the team will be happy to discuss this with you.

The Jobs

There are four, full-time, paid roles (£20,000 per annum) available; two Co-Presidents and two Co-Vice Presidents, responsible for Campus Experience & Equality.

These combined roles are new for 2021, following a reorganisation of previous positions to ensure greater gender equality.

Each exec is responsible for being an independent voice on a variety of matters, from facilities, access to timetables, awarding decisions, housing, finance, concerns around student wellbeing and representation.

They gather student feedback and present it to senior leaders, including the Vice Chancellor, challenging practices or decisions being considered that could impact student experience.

They are the faces of Beds SU, a not-for-profit charity, which operates independently from the University to support all students on every aspect of university life.

Co-President

There are two co-president positions available.

  • One position is reserved for a student who identifies as a man or non-binary.
  • One position is reserved for a student who identifies as a woman.

Co-Vice President, Campus Experience & Equality

There are two co-vice president positions available.

  • One position is reserved for a student who identifies as a man or non-binary.
  • One position is reserved for a student who identifies as a woman.

If you’re not 100% sure about your suitability for these roles, don’t worry! You should still complete the application form and a member of the team will get back to you and will be happy to give you more information to help you decide.

Apply

Your journey to being an Exec Officer at Beds SU starts here. Simply complete this application form to begin the process.

The available roles are only open to current University of Bedfordshire students.

What happens next?

Once you’ve submitted the application form above, you’ll be contacted by a member of the elections team to discuss your application. You’ll be notified of the various support services and resources that are available to you throughout your campaign. Many of the resources, including your Election Handbook can be downloaded from the Candidates’ Hub.