WHY SHOULD I STAND?
Being an Academic Rep is simple, but important role.
Here are our top 6 reasons to stand:
- It’s an opportunity to speak up on behalf students about your university experience
- Create change and improve your education
- Get to know staff and students in your department
- Become more employable by actively taking on a role outside of your learning
- Awards and recognition
- It only takes up 1-2 hours per week
There are endless reasons why you should stand to be a Volunteer Officer or Faculty Representative, 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.
WHO CAN STAND?
Academic Reps: As this is our Spring elections, standing is only open to all current students progressing into their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of study, or students progressing into a year of industry from September 2019. If you are postgraduate or your role represents all year groups, then these elections won’t take place until October 2019 when the new first years and PG students join Aberystwyth.
Volunteer Officers: As long as you’re a student at Aberystwyth University you can stand.
HOW DO I STAND?
You can stand by completing our online form before 9am, Monday 8th April 2019.
Standing only takes a couple of minutes, which includes uploading a photo and putting forward publicity. You will be able to log-in the candidate hub until 9am, Monday 8th April 2019 to add or update this information.
Publicity due to the large volume of candidates in this election, the Students' Union is unable to provide translation services and due to our bilingual policy, cannot display any publicity on your behalf. Instead, you can provide a link to an external website (for example a social media page or blog website) where you can encourage students to vote for you. This link will then be included on the ballot paper.
Photo: We encourage you to upload a photo.This photo will be used on the voting ballot paper. If you’re successful in the elections this photo will then be shared with your department and used to promote you and your role to students. We will only accept photos of individuals with no obstructions and ideally against a light background. Please also ensure your photo does not contain any logos of the Union, University or affiliated groups including clubs and society clothing.
WHEN DOES STANDING CLOSE?
You have 2 weeks to stand for a position!
Standing closes 12pm, Sunday 7th April 2019.
I DON’T KNOW WHETHER TO STAND OR NOT, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
You can pop into the Students’ Union for a chat with one of our staff members who will give you support and advice. Just ask to speak to someone about the elections at reception.
Speak to friends, tutors and family members to get some guidance.
WHAT ROLE SHOULD I GO FOR?
Academic Reps: You may be eligible to stand for more than one position, but please be aware you can only stand for one Academic Rep position. If there are multiple options displayed, please choose the position that is of most interest to you or speak to staff in your department to see which one you suit you.
Volunteer Officers: This is up to you and the decision will depend on your experiences, interests and skills. Remember the role runs until June 2019 so it’s important to think about what you will enjoy, feel you can contribute to and/or improve for students.
I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT, CAN I STAND?
Yes, you can. International students with a Tier-4 Visa may stand for a position, but please be aware you can volunteer and/or work a maximum of 20 hours per week during term-time.
I DON’T HAVE THE SKILLS I NEED. WILL TRAINING BE AVALIABLE?
Yes! All roles receive training delivered by the Students’ Union in the new Academic Year prior to undertaking the role. You don’t need to have any specific knowledge, skills or experience.
To be successful you need to be organised, committed, happy to speak to staff and students about a range of topics and of course, you need to be enthusiastic about the role!
WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE A QUERY/OR ISSUE?
Pop into the Students’ Union to speak to a member of the elections team or drop them an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Link and Photo don’t need to be submitted until the 12pm, Sunday 7th April.
Publicity Link to an external website (for example social media page or blog website) and Photo appear on the voting pages and are where you can explain to students why they should vote for you.
WHEN DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT A PUBLICITY LINK OR PHOTO?
It is not compulsory to submit publicity link or photo, but it is in your best interests to create something to tell students about the kinds of issues that interest you and if known what you’d like to achieve. Both are ways for candidates to put their ideas and personality forward to voters.
Publicity links and photos will be available on the Students’ Union website and linked to from the online voting pages. You have until 9am Monday 8th April to complete your publicity link and photo on your candidate profile.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE STANDING PERIOD?
You will probably see messages across campus and on your course about the Academic Rep elections.
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.
WHEN DO THE NAMES OF STUDENTS STANDING BECOME PUBLIC?
The names of all students standing will be kept secret until the week leading up to voting we will release an article on our website. Publicity Links and Photos for each candidate will go live Monday 29th April.
WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR VOTING?
Voting opens 9am, on Monday 29th April and closes 12pm, on Friday 3rd May. Voting will be via ApAber or via a unique voting link sent via email.
WHO CAN VOTE?
Any full time student on a course where a candidate is standing.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE VOTING 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 can vote online via ApAber or via a unique voting code, and more information will be released closer to the time.
At 7pm on Friday 3rd May, the results will be released on the AberSU website. All candidates will also recieve an email with the results.