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.

In summary though it is a great opportunity for one year that’s paid, allows you to make change for students on campus by work on something you’re passionate about as well as getting to enjoy Aberystwyth for at least one extra year!

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.


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.


WHEN DOES STANDING CLOSE?

12pm Tuesday 25th February 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.

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 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 2020/2021 academic year.

If you are in first or second, you could take a year out of studying as 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 first job after graduating.


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

Yes, you can. International Students can apply for an extension of their Tier 4 visa for the role.


WHAT ARE THE HOURS LIKE?

As a full-time job, you will be required to work 36 hours per week. We are happy to make arrangements for you to work these hours flexibly however if you have parent, caring or access needs.


WHAT IS THE PAY?

Full-time Officers are paid an annual salary of £18,000 which usually after tax and other costs equals between £1,300-£1,400 each month.


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.


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 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.

The information provided 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 messages across campus 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 in Meeting Room 1 on the first floor of the Students’ Union.

This session will run through the process and rules relating to the election. Anyone unable to attend should email union.elections@aber.ac.uk to discuss alternative 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.


Voting

WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR VOTING?

Voting opens 10am on Monday 9th March and closes 3pm on Friday 13th 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 13th March there will be a results night held at the Students’ Union where winners are announced, and everyone’s contribution is celebrated.