If you’ve made it to this page we’ve managed to get you thinking about standing in our elections! There’s loads to gain by standing in the election, whether you win or lose it’s an experience like no other.
Deciding whether or not to run in the election is ultimately a personal decision and it is important that you find out as much as possible about what is involved before you submit your nomination. We want to make sure you really understand the process for Standing in our elections, and are confident in making the all-important decision.
No experience is required, just enthusiasm, as full training and support are provided. Running an election campaign is a great opportunity to do something different, learn new things and more about yourself, plus you could get an amazing role at the end of the campaigning week!
Why should you stand? Ultimately, you're standing to represent the views and interests of the 14,000+ student population at Brunel. With your help, the student voice will be heard, important issues will be addressed, and changes can be made.
There's a lot you can gain from the elections process, whether you win or not. Throughout the elections process you'll learn valuable skills in campaigning, public speaking, listening to others, project planning, leadership and team working.
Who can stand?
Any student can put themself forward for these positions and all students can vote for their preferred candidates. The only catch to this is if you've chosen to opt out of Students' Union membership - you would've done this by ticking a little box saying you'd like to opt out when you enrolled. The easiest way to check is to look at your Student ID Card. As a rule of thumb, if you've got an NUS logo on there, you're a member of the Union. If not, pop into the Student Centre and speak to them if you'd like to opt back in.?
Most of the roles are part time and can be done alongside your studies. If you'd like to stand for one of our Student Officer positions, you'll have to either take a year out of your studies (ie. a sabbatical year) or be due to graduate this summer. Some positions have rules that mean you have to be a from a particular Department/College and in some cases a continuing student. This is made clear under their role descriptions and you can find out more here.