Can I undertake these roles alongside my degree?

No. Full-time Officer roles require you to either have finished your studies or for you to take a year out. If you do decide to take a year out, the University is generally supportive but it's always best to speak to your Course Director before you submit your nomination.

I am an International Student... can I run for a full-time role too?

Yes, absolutely! All current Leeds Beckett students are eligible to stand for a full-time Officer role either at the end of your studies or by taking a year out. More information about this can be found at here. Leeds Beckett University's Student Immigration Advice & Compliance Team can also support you through the process - just drop them an email at

Do I get paid?

Full-time Officer roles are paid around £18,000 for the year.

What are the hours of work?

For full-time Officer roles, it is generally Monday to Friday, 9-5, with the requirement to work occasional weekends and evenings at busy periods and key events. You will also get some time off at Christmas and 25 days holiday to be used across the year.

What help and support will I get during the elections?

There is a team of SU staff on hand to support you right through the election process, from advice and support on your manifesto and campaign right through to dealing with any questions or concerns you might have.

I’ve never been involved with the SU before, can I still run?

Absolutely – it is never too late to start your involvement with the SU, and you will be given full training and induction to your role. The only requirement is that you are a current Leeds Beckett student.

Do I need to be politically motivated? Is the job political?

There is a political element to all of the roles, but prior political know-how and involvement is not a requirement. All that really matters is that you are passionate about representing students and working to make students’ lives better.

If I get elected, who will be my boss?

Full-time Officers do not have a ‘boss’ in the same way that staff members do, but the Union Affairs Officer does have responsibility for leading the Officer team. You are also held accountable by students in an Accountability & Support Panel three times a year. Essentially, students are your boss!

Will I get help to finance my campaign?
Yes – the SU will provide you with a sufficient allowance to resource your campaign.

Do I need to have lots of friends and be really popular to win an election?
No - students will cast votes based on many different factors and there are many different ways of campaigning your manifesto - with hard work, self-belief in your ideas and persistence you’ll reach lots of students.

How do I make a complaint?

If you need to make a complaint please contact us here.

When can I find out the results?

The results will be announced on Thursday 27 February 2020.

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