What are the Big Elections?

These elections are when UWS students choose who will represent them in academic year 2020/2021. Students can nominate themselves for two types of position: either a full time paid role as a sabbatical officer, or a part time volunteer role conducted alongside your studies. 

What positions are being elected?

Sabbatical Officers

There are four sabbatical officers at UWS and all of these positions are full time paid jobs with a salary of £19,613. These roles require you to take a break from your studies - that's why they're called Sabbatical officers. You can also apply at the end of your studies and you would begin the role as you graduated. 

The president leads the Students’ Union, and the team of sabbatical officers. The president, alongside the board of trustees, is responsible for the actions of the students’ union, and will represent all student at UWS through attending meetings such as the University Court and Senate, and working in partnership with students, staff, and the wider student movement. 

Vice-President Education
The VP Education works to improve the learning experience at UWS. They work particularly closely with student reps, focussing on education of course! The VP education works to improve learning resources, curriculum, and teaching methods among other things.

Vice-President Student Development
The VP Student Development works to improve student lives at UWS outside of the classroom. They work with clubs and societies, and work to develop opportunities for students. This can include volunteering and skills training.

Vice-President Welfare and Wellbeing
The VP Welfare and Wellbeing works to improve student welfare and wellbeing at UWS. This includes helping to create a better environment for student mental health, and working towards solutions for student poverty.

Volunteer Roles

These are all roles you can do alongside your studies which will involve around four meetings a year and communicating with other students in representative roles to improve life for students at UWS. Broadly speaking the School Officer and Union Chair roles will require attending four meeting a year, ensuring that you communicate with students both befo

School Officers
School Officers will bridge the gap between course level reps, and the Sabbatical Officers. School Officers gather information from reps, sit on School Boards, and keep students informed, and work with the Students' Union to improve life for UWS students within their schools.

Union Chair
The Union Chairs role is to hold the Sabbatical Officers to account. Sabbatical Officers are elected by students and for students and as such can only be held accountable by students – led by the Union Chair. The Union Chair can ask questions of the sabbatical officers and sit in on meetings at the Students’ Union. The Union Chair also chairs student council which sets policy for the Students’ Union.

NUS Scotland Conference Delegate (19th to 20th March in Dundee)

This year the NUS Scotland Conference is being held in Dundee from Thursday 19th March to Friday 20th March, all day both days.  You will be expected to travel from Glasgow to Dundee on Thursday 19th in the morning and return to Glasgow on Friday 20th March after 6pm. 

Before submitting your nomination to be a Delegate, please check that you are available both days including an overnight stay in Dundee - you won't have to pay anything, all travel and other expenses are covered by us.  

If you'd like to find out more about NUS Scotland Conference please click here


NUS UK Conference Delegate (31st March to 2nd April)

This year the NUS UK Conference is being held in Liverpool from Tuesday 31st March to Thursday 2nd April, all day each day.  You will be expected to travel from Glasgow to Liverpool on Tuesday 31st in the Morning and will return to Glasgow on Thursday 2nd after 6pm.

Before submitting your nomination to be a Delegate, please check that you are available each day including overnight - you won't have to pay anything, all travel and other expenses are covered by us.  

If you'd like to find out more about NUS Conference please click here


Didn’t we just have elections? How are these different?

We know it’s not been long since the last elections for School Officers and Divisional Reps! This is because those positions were new, and designed to fit the new structure at UWS which was only announced at the start of September. These reps were elected for this academic year, but the Big Elections will elect students to all roles for academic year 2020-2021 which will enable us to get back


Why should I stand in the Elections?

Any of these positions are an excellent opportunity to:

  • Make a Difference – improve UWS for your fellow students by making sure that students are heard!
  • Develop Skills – you’ll get an opportunity to attend meetings, work in partnership with university staff, and develop your skills for the workplace.
  • Get training and support – Whatever role you stand for your Students’ Union will support you to campaign, and if you’re elected your Students’ Union is here to support you in your role.

Why should I care about the Elections?

We believe that students should be at the heart of everything that happens at UWS – these elections are where all of the students at UWS get to choose the students who will represent them at all levels, right up to the University Court and Senate.



How do I nominate myself?

Simply log in on the election page HERE and choose which positions to nominate yourself for. Make sure you upload a manifesto to let students know what you stand for and why they should vote for you!


Can I nominate someone else?

No you can’t, but if you think someone would be great for a position then please encourage them to stand!


How do I vote?

Simply log in on the election page HERE and vote. We use a transferable vote system so you will rank candidates in your order of preference.


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