Election FAQs

Standing

WHY SHOULD I STAND?

There are endless reasons why you should stand to be a Full-time or Volunteer Officer that if we listed them all you’d be here a VERY long time.

But if we had to summarise, it’s a great opportunity to be a part of something; you will be able to make real change for students by working on something you’re passionate about. You are also paid, have the opportunity to build your CV as a new graduate and get to enjoy Aberystwyth for at least one extra year!

You will become a closer part of the Aber family whilst developing unique skills and enjoying new experiences that you can take with you into the future.


HOW DO I STAND?

You can stand by completing our online form before 12pm Tuesday 25th February 2020.

Standing only takes a couple of minutes and remember if you’re unsure what to put for your publicity or summary text you will be able to log-in until 12pm Friday 28th February to update this information.

There are endless reasons why you should stand to be a Volunteer Officer or Faculty Officers, if we listed them all you’d be here a very long time.

In summary though, it is a great opportunity that allows you to make changes for students on campus by working on something you’re passionate about as well as in the case of conference delegates speaking on behalf of Aberystwyth students! You will become closer part of the Aber family while developing skills and enjoying new experiences that you can take with you into the future.

For some tips and tricks on completing the standing from click here.


WHEN DOES STANDING CLOSE?

12pm Tuesday 25th February 2019.


I DON’T KNOW WHETHER TO STAND OR NOT, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

You can get in touch with the Students’ Union by emailing union.elections@aber.ac.uk and we can schedule a Teams call for a chat with one of our staff members who will give you support and advice. If the SU building is open in line with Covid-19 guidance you can also pop to reception and ask any questions you might have – keep an eye out for anyone wearing an elections t-shirt!

Check out the Candidates Guide in our candidate hub or our other webpages which are filled with information and resources about the roles available and the elections process.

Speak to friends, tutors and family members to get some guidance.

Pop along to one of our Candidates Academy sessions to find out more.


WHAT ROLE SHOULD I GO FOR?

This is up to you and the decision will depend on your experiences, interests and skills.

Remember the role runs for a year, from July to June, so it’s important to think about what you will enjoy, feel you can contribute to and/or improve for students.

Speak to friends, tutors and family members to see which one they think you’d be best at.

Take a look at our Full-time Roles and Volunteer Roles for more detail.


WHO CAN STAND?

As long as you’re a student at Aberystwyth University you can stand to become a Full-time Officer. However please remember this is a full-time role for the 2021/2022 academic year.

If you are in your first or second year of study, you could take a year out of studying to undertake the role – if this doesn’t interest you why not consider one of our Volunteer Officer Roles?

If you’re in your final year, becoming a Full-time Officer could be your dream first job after graduating.


I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT; CAN I WORK AS A FULL-TIME OFFICER?

Yes, you absolutely can! International Students can apply for an extension of their visa for the role.


WHAT ARE THE HOURS LIKE?

As a full-time job, you will be required to work 36 hours per week. At AberSU we are committed to working flexibly and we are happy to make arrangements for you to work these hours in a different pattern if you are a parent and/or have caring and/or access needs.

At AberSU we also have staff wellbeing hours, 2 hours a week which can be taken at any suitable time so staff can step away from work to do something they enjoy.


WHAT IS THE PAY?

Full-time Officers are paid an annual salary of £18,600.

AberSU also supports staff to redeem any tax-free working from home allowance where appropriate.


HOW DOES TAKING A YEAR OUT WORK IF I AM NOT CURRENTLY IN MY FINAL YEAR?

Any registered student should be able to take a year out of their course. If you are a part-time or Master’s student then the best thing may be to finish your dissertation during the first few months of the role (we can make arrangements and put support in place for you to do this), or to temporarily withdraw and complete your dissertation after you’ve finished.


I DON’T HAVE THE SKILLS I NEED. WILL TRAINING BE AVALIABLE?

Yes! The first couple months will be filled with lots of training about all aspects of the job so you don’t need to have any specific knowledge, skills or experiences. From ways to start a campaign to understanding your learning style you will be fully supported throughout the year. Full-time officers also have access to dedicated time to an external mentor.


WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE A QUERY/OR ISSUE?

You can either pop into the Students’ Union and speak to the member of staff on reception, drop us an email or organise a call to say hello union.elections@aber.ac.uk.


 

IS THE STANDING PROCESS COMPLICATED?

No – the standing process is quick, easy and simple. You can stand by completing our online form.

Don’t worry, your publicity and summary text don’t need to be submitted until the 12pm Friday 28th February.


WHY DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT PUBLICITY AND SUMMARY TEXT?

It is not compulsory to submit publicity and summary, but it is in your best interests to create something to tell students about the kinds of issues that interest you and what you’d like to achieve. Both are ways for candidates to put their ideas and personality forward to voters.

If you aren’t sure what to write, why not take a look at news articles highlighting what issues students currently care about or having a look to see what Ideas have recently been debated at AberSU Senedd?

The information you provide will be available on the Students’ Union website and linked to from the online voting pages. You have until 12pm Friday 28th February to complete your publicity and summary text on your candidate profile.


WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE STAND PERIOD?

You will probably see lots of emails and social media posts about the Officer Elections and how you can stand or suggest a student.

If you want to stand, complete our online form before 12pm Tuesday 25th February after which you will be contacted with further information on what happens next.

All candidates should also plan to attend one of two Candidate Briefings that are planned for 4pm and 6pm on Tuesday 25th February online via zoom.

This session will run through the process and rules relating to the election. Anyone unable to attend or with specific access requirements should email union.elections@aber.ac.uk to discuss arrangements.

The Students’ Union is here to support you through the whole process and has a dedicated team on hand for anything you may need during this time.


WHAT IS SUGGEST A STUDENT?

Suggest a student encourages you to nominate a friend, peer or someone you know who you think would make a brilliant Full-time or Volunteer Officer.

All you have to do is submit basic information and the Students’ Union will contact them and inform them they’ve been suggested for this opportunity and how they can stand.

You can choose to suggest someone with the knowledge they know you’ve suggested them or anonymously.


WHEN DO THE NAMES OF STUDENTS STANDING BECOME PUBLIC?

The names of all students standing will be kept secret until Tuesday 25th February when numbers and names of candidates will be made available after the Candidates Briefing’s. Publicity and summary text provided by candidates will be uploaded to the Students’ Union website in the lead-up to voting on Monday 9th March.


HOW DO I RUN AS A PAIR?

To run as a pair, only one of you needs to fill in the standing form. Once you have filled in your own details you need to tick the box to run as a pair. The standing form will expand and then you can fill in the details on behalf of the other person. Only complete one standing form per pair.

For more information and FAQs on running with a friend, check out our blog post on running as part of a pair here.

 

Voting

WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR VOTING?

Voting opens 10am on Monday 8th March and closes 3pm on Friday 12th March via ApAber.


WHO CAN VOTE?

Any student at Aberystwyth University is eligible to vote.


WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE VOTE PERIOD?

This is where all students who are standing compete for the positions they are standing for.

This week of voting sees those standing speaking and engaging with students in a variety of ways to get people to vote for them.

Students vote online via ApAber and more information will be released closer to the time.

On Friday 12th March there will be a results night held at the Students’ Union where winners are announced, and everyone’s contribution is celebrated.


WHAT IMPACT WILL COVID-19 HAVE ON THIS YEAR’S ELECTIONS?

We are planning for almost all election activity to happen virtually this year - with the exception of results night (restrictions dependant.)

The not so fun but essential stuff: All workshops and briefings run by the SU will be held online and you must plan for your campaign to run entirely online. As a candidate you must comply with all university and national COVID-19 regulations.

The positives: Use online campaigning to your advantage – the beauty of social media is the ability to reach more people in a short space of time with fewer resources. Think about those voters you may not otherwise have been able to target!

 

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