This page contains all of the information you will require for participating in the SAUWS 2017 Elections. The SAUWS elections are for all students - those that are involved or not so involved in our activities. Our positions and the training that we give can be vehicles that students can use to increase future employment opportunities. If you have a passion, want to develop your skills and think you can make a difference to our 15000 students, then we want you to nominate yourself. If you want to discuss any of the positions below privately, please contact

What are the Elections?

As defined in our constitution, SAUWS is a democractic membership lead organisation. As such our members get the opportunity every year to elect the student leaders for the following academic year. There are different positions up for grab which are split into three categories:

  • Sabbatical Officers
  • Volunteer Officers
  • NUS Delegates

Sabbatical Officers are paid a salary of £16,352 per anum to represent students full time. They take a year out of there studies (or a maximum of two) or at the end of their studies in order to be a student leader of SAUWS. Being a Sabbatical Officer grants the position holder access to training and expeirence which can help improve their future employment opportunities. They will also form part of the SAUWS Board of Trustees which holds the charity in trust and decides how the Students' Association's million pound income is spent. SAUWS has four sabbatical positions and you can find out more about them in the list of positions section below. 

Volunteer Officers represent a specific University constituency. You can find out more about these in the list of positions section below. Volunteer officers perform their roles whilst still studying for their qualification. They are not paid, but they do get their expenses re-imbursed and like the sabbatical officers, get access to training that helps improve their future employment opportunities. 

NUS Delegates represent the views of students at UWS to the National Union of Students, at a Scottish and UK level. At the conferences, delegates will have the chance to shape policy for our national unions, which in turn sets the priorities for each organisation and their government lobbying. All delegates to NUS need to remember that they represent the views of all the students at UWS and as such must obey voting mandates issued by the Student Voice Committee

NUS operates gender balacing at its conferences, this means that we have:

  • Four women's places and three open places for NUS Scotland Conference
  • Two women's places and two open places for NUS UK Conference. 

NUS Scotland Conference will be held in Dundee between from the 24th to the 25th March 2017

NUS UK Conference will be held from the 25th to the 27th of April 2017

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What's different this year?

Students may recall that the Students' Association recently changed its constitution and officer structure to being a structure with four Presidents. For practical reasons, this has proven to be a challenge to the organisation and as a result, the SAUWS Board of Trustees has reverted the structure back to a President and three Vice-Presidents. The existing President of Student Support role has been removed and has been rolled into the President remit. This is because the SAUWS Board feel that the student support should be at the centre of what we do. 

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List of positions

Sabbatical Officers

Volunteer Officers


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Key Dates

What Date Time  Description

Nominations Open

18/01/2017 17:00  Nominations for the elections open
Nominations Close 03/02/2017 12:00 noon Nominations for the elections close
Candidate Briefing 03/02/2017 14:00 All candidates must attend the breifing. They can do so in person in Paisley Union (level 2) or online. 
Publicity Deadline 10/02/2017 12:00 Deadline for the reciept of publicity for printing
Polling Opens 06/03/2017 09:00 Voting in the elections begins
Polling Closes 09/03/2017 23:59 Voting in the elections ends
Elections Tribunal 10/03/2014 12:00 noon The Elections Tribunal will hear any complaints regarding conduct during the election, and will formally approve the ballots before the results are announced. 
Election Results 10/03/2017 19:00 Election results will be announced at Strathclyde Union
NUS Scotland Conference 24-25 March 2017 09:00 NUS Scotland Conference will be held in the Apex City Quay Hotel, Dundee
NUS UK Conference 25-27 April 2017 09:00 NUS UK Conference will be held in The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton
Sabbatical handover period 26-30 June 2017 09:30 Formal handover period for sabbatical officers. Incoming officers will be expected to shadow the outgoing officers for one week. This week is paid. 
Sabbatical Training 13-14 July 2017 TBC Formal training for sabbatical officers. Date and Time still TBC. 


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Re-Open Nominations

Re-Open Nominations, or RON is a mechanism which is allowed within the Students' Association's elections. RON is treated as a candidate in the election and in the event that RON wins, the election will be recalled and members will get the chance to nominate other person(s) for the role that was being elected. This means that there can be no uncontested elections within the Students' Association. 

RON is only voted for where the electorate (the students) feel that none of the other candidates are suitable. 

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More information

If you would like to talk over your nomination, or have some questions contact David Devlin, Depute returning officer on 0141 849 4165 or email . All enquiries are kept in the strictest confidence. 



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If your password is not working - you need to have this reset by ITDS. 

Sabbatical, Executive and NUS Delegate Elections No elections are currently running

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