What are the Autumn Elections all about?

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As a Students Union, we are independent from the University and we are run by students, for students. We are here to represent you and ultimately help make your university experience the best it can be.

Every Autumn we hold elections to fill roles within the Union such as Student Officers and Academic Representatives – these include our team of Course Reps, School and Department Presidents, and Faculty Officers. These Officers and Reps work with our five full-time Sabbatical Officers to take the concerns and ideas of students and make sure they are acted upon, and ultimately make sure students are being listened to.

What roles can I run for this Autumn Election?

Course Reps, Senate (Chair of Senate; Senators – 16 roles available), Halls Presidents, Joint Honours Officer, Union Films Manager
Winchester School of Art (WSA)
WSA Officer; WSA Social Rep; WSA Welfare Rep; WSA Creative Careers Rep; Art School President
University Hospital Southampton (UHS)
UHS Officer; BM School President; Medicine Postgraduate Research Officer
Intramural Officer; Sports Participation Officer

Enterprise Officer; Volunteering and Fundraising Officer
Student Welfare
Wellbeing Officer; BAME Officer
Postgraduate Research
Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Research Officer
Environment and Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Officer
Medicine Postgraduate Research Officer
Social Science Postgraduate Research Officer
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Engineering and Physical Sciences Faculty Officer
Chemistry School President
Electronics and Computer Science School President
Engineering School President     
Zepler Institute School President
Physics and Astronomy School President
Aeronautics and Astronautics Department President
Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering Department President
ISVR Department President
Mechanical Engineering Department President

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Art School President
Humanities School President
Archaeology Department President
English Department President   
Film Department President
History Department President
Modern Languages & ACIS Department President
Music Department President
Philosophy Department President
Faculty of Social Sciences
Business School President
Economic, Social and Political Science School President
Education School President
Law School President
Mathematical Sciences School President
Economics Department President
Gerontology Department President
Politics and International Relations Department President
Social Statistics and Demography Department President
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology Department President  
Faculty of Environment and Life Science
Psychology School President
Health Sciences School President
Ocean & Earth Sciences School President             
Biological Sciences School President
Geography and Environmental Science School President
Allied Health Professions Department President
Nursing Department President
NOCS Officer

What is Union Senate?

Union Senate exists to hold the Union and our Sabbatical Officers to account, and to oversee any high-level decision making.

Union Senators and the Chair of Senate are elected to reflect the different student bodies that make up the membership of the Students’ Union. Any current student at the University of Southampton can become a member of Senate and represent the overall student body on the issues debated at Senate.

As you can see, these roles play a key part in the running and accountability of SUSU, and it is vital to make sure as many as possible are filled. 

What can be achieved by running in an election?

If you’re elected into one of our roles, you’ll be helping with vital work representing students, making sure you know about the concerns or ideas of fellow students so we can work together with you towards positive changes.

Aside from helping us represent students, running for a role is a brilliant addition to your your CV, is a great way to meet new people and learn new skills. From halls to your course, postgraduate life or student welfare, there are so many roles available where you can have your say, make a difference and do more to help the student community with us.

If you don’t want to run, you can still get involved!

Even if being a rep or officer isn’t for you, we encourage you to vote in our elections – voting is open Monday 26 October, 09:00 – Wednesday 28 October, 16:00. The students elected into roles will represent you, so it’s so important to have your say on you think it should be!

Find out more about how representation works, how the Union is run and more information about Autumn Elections at: susu.org/representation.

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