It’s SU Election time at the Arts University Bournemouth. Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening when, why you should get involved and how every student at AUB can vote.

Do you want to make AUB an even better place? Would you like to improve how things are run with events, clubs & socs or the student publication? Do you have an interest in how academic things are run at AUB? Or do you just want to improve the community feeling at AUB? These and many other things can be done if you run for one of the many positions in the upcoming SU elections.

The SU elections take place every year around February, and this year nominations open on the 22nd of February. There are two different types of positions available: Sabbatical Officers and Executive Officers. Click on the tabs below to learn more about each type.

Sabbatical Officers work full-time for the Students’ Union from July after the election until July the following year. Usually final-year students run for this position and then start working directly after their graduation. There are two sabbatical positions: President and Vice President Education and Welfare, which are both paid roles.

Both roles work in close partnership with university staff to make improvements in the interest of AUB students. Country-wide and internal surveys to gather evidence for what AUB students really want inform the development of these improvements. Sabbatical Officers are encouraged to visit other SUs in the country to exchange ideas and build partnerships and also attend events hosted by the National Union of Students. Sabbatical Officers also attend exhibitions, shows and events in any way related to AUB where they act as representatives of the student body and Students’ Union.

Students’ Union President

  • Chair of the Executive Officer team
  • Chair of Student Council Meetings
  • Chair of Annual General Meetings
  • Supervision of all SU finances
  • Representative on behalf of the student body to the Vice-Chancellor’s Office of AUB
  • Acting as student representative on the AUB Board of Governors
  • Deputy Chair of the Students’ Union trustee board
  • Attends various AUB committees including: Academic Board, Estates Committee, Health & Safety Committee, Staff/Student Liaison Group, Subject Board

Students’ Union Vice President Education & Welfare

  • Running, overseeing and promoting the student course representative system and hosting course rep drop-in sessions
  • Representative on behalf of the student body to the Vice-Chancellor’s Office of AUB
  • Lobbying to improve academic areas of the University including library, teaching and resources
  • Developing and celebrating diversity, equality, green policies and student welfare within the university
  • Sitting on the Students’ Union Board of Trustees
  • Attending various AUB committees including: Learning, Teaching & Quality Committee, Equalities Committee, Environment Committee, DELTA Project Board, Gallery Group

Executive Officers work up to 5 hours a week for the Students’ Union from July after the election until July the following year. These positions are only filled by current (i.e. not final-year) students and are volunteer roles. The role of each position is to work as a Committee in support and on behalf of the Students’ Union. This would include the oversight of the promotion and engagement of the SU in a team context. Each Executive Committee member is responsible equally for the oversight of the Students’ Union and accountable for the running of it operationally on behalf of all students at AUB. There are 16 different roles, all of them volunteer positions.

Communications Officer (up to 2)
The AUBSU Communications Officers will work closely with the Sabbatical Officers, The BUMF team and the other Exec members to ensure that students always have access to up-to-date information about the goings on of AUBSU. From updating the website, to helping prepare BUMF publications, the Communications Officers will develop existing and new lines of communications with the students.

Community Officer
The AUBSU Community Officer will work closely with the Sabbatical Officers and other Exec members to promote greater links between University students and the local community in particular with green and volunteering opportunities. They will also help to develop the feel of community amongst the AUB students.

Events Officer (up to 2)
The AUBSU Events Officers will work with Sabbatical Officers and other Exec members to produce high quality events for students. They will work to help organise and develop the annual events already run by the SU, such as Freshers and Graduation as well as organise new events that appeal to our students.

Gender Equalities Officer
The AUBSU Gender Equalities Officer is a new role within the Exec committee. They will work closely with the Sabbatical Officers and others within the Exec Committee to ensure that all genders are represented and treated equally during their time at AUB. This officer attends the AUB equalities committee as a student representative.

Green Officer
The AUBSU Green Officer will work closely with the Sabbatical Officers and other Exec members to develop green campaigns and encourage students to become involved with environmental issues. This officer attends the AUB environment committee as a student representative.

International Officer
The AUSBU International Officer will work with the Sabbatical Officers and other members of the Exec committee to promote the interests of the growing number of International students we have here at AUB. This officer may liaise with the international department at AUB.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Plus Officer (Equalities) (up to two)
The AUBSU LGBT+ Officers will work closely with the Sabbatical Officers and other Exec members to ensure that the LGBT+ members of AUB are well represented and supported through their time at university. These officers attend the AUB equalities committee as a students representatives.

Mature and Postgraduate Officer (Equalities)
The AUBSU Mature/Postgraduate Officer will work with the Sabbatical Officers and other members of the Exec committee to ensure that those enrolled as Mature or Postgraduate students are well represented within the University. This officer attends the AUB equalities committee as a student representative.

Race Equalities Officer
The AUBSU Race Equalities Officer will work with the Sabbatical Officers and other members of the Exec committee to ensure that all students, whatever their background, culture or nationality, are represented and treated equally during their time at AUB. This officer attends the AUB equalities committee as a student representative.

RAG Officer
The AUBSU RAG Officers will work with the Sabbatical Officers and other Exec members to encourage volunteering opportunities amongst the students and to develop charity fundraising for the chosen charities of the year.

Societies Officer
The AUBSU Societies Officer will work closely with the Sabbatical Officers and other Exec members to develop existing and new Societies. They will work to ensure that all Societies are following SU guidelines and work out ways in which to promote Societies across AUB and BU.

Sports Officer (up to 2)
The AUBSU Sports Officer will work closely with SU President, Vice-President, SU Staff and other Exec’s to develop existing and new Sports Clubs. With the aim to get more of our Clubs into BUCS, our Sports Officers will encourage participation and engagement of students in sport. Sports Officers can also encourage cross collaboration between clubs and help in organising socials and events.

Students with Disabilities Officer (Equalities)
The AUBSU Students with Disabilities Officer will work closely with the SU President, Vice-President and other members of the Exec committee to ensure that all students who identify as having any type of disability are represented and supported.

Volunteering Officer
The AUBSU Volunteering Officer will work closely with the SU President, Vice-President and other Exec Committee Members to promote volunteering opportunities within the University, the local area and further afield.

22nd February | 12.30 – 13.30 | Room B001
Election Introductions (Join the Facebook event)

22nd February – 4th March | aubsu.co.uk
Nominations

7th March – 11 March | on Campus
Campaign Days

7th March | 12.30 – 13.00 | Arts Bar
Hustings

7th March – 12th March | aubsu.co.uk
Voting

FAQ

How do I “run” for one of these positions?

SU Election Handbook Preview

Find the full SU Election Handbook here.

Come to the SU Election Introduction on Monday the 22nd of February at 12.30 in B001 to pick up an SU Election Handbook. When we’ve hopefully answered all of your questions, you can nominate yourself online via the SU website.

Join the Facebook event here.

How do I vote?

Come to the Hustings on Monday the 7th of March from 12.30 in the Arts Bar to listen to all candidates’ speeches and vote online on aubsu.co.uk from the 7th – 12th of March.

What if my question isn’t answered here?

Head over to the SU website – there’s a lot more information about the SU Election there, and make sure you come to our Elections Introduction.