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 three open places for NUS UK Conference. 

NUS Scotland Conference will be held in Dunblane from the 15th to the 16th March 2018

NUS UK Conference will be held in Glasgow from the 27th to the 29th of April 2018

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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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