Can I undertake these roles alongside my degree?

Yes! These roles are voluntary leadership roles and are designed to be undertaken alongside your degree.

Do I get paid?

These roles are voluntary and are not paid.

How much time will the role need from me?

These roles are voluntary and take place alongside your studies. We recommend dedicating at least 2-3 hours of your time each week to carrying out the role but this may vary week by week.

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

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

Yes! Any student can stand for one of these roles as long as they study within the School being represented or identify as belonging to the community being represented.

So, who can stand for which roles?

  • Candidates for School Rep must study in their respective School.
  • Candidates for PGR Rep must study a level 7 or level 8 postgraduate research degree.
  • Candidates for Equality Reps must identify as belonging to the relevant student community.

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

There is a minor 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?

These roles are not the same as having a job and as such they don’t have a ‘boss’ in the same way that staff members do. However, you are accountable to students for the activities you undertake on their behalf... essentially, students are your boss!

Will I get help to finance my campaign?

Full details regarding how you can run your election campaign will be provided at the Candidate Briefing on Wednesday 28 October at 12noon.

Do I need to have lots of friends and be really popular to win an election?

No – students will cast their 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 5 November 2020.

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