Nominations open for 2022 Union Elections

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Nominations are now open for the 2022 Stirling Students’ Union Elections. 

The annual election seeks out four Sabbatical Officers, who will work full-time paid positions in the Union to represent the University of Stirling student voice. Students also elect a team of 15 Executive Officers, who will work part-time on campaigns and projects on a voluntary basis. 

The Sabbatical Officer team consists of the Union President, Sports President, Vice President Education and Vice President Communities. Students who are elected as Sabbatical Officer will hold this position from June 1 2022 to May 31 2023. They will also receive a full-time employment contract, a ‘competitive salary’ and holiday entitlement. 

The Executive Officer positions up for grabs are: Sports Communications Officer; Sports Participation and Engagement Officer; Health and Wellbeing Officer; Engagement Officer; Postgraduate Officer; Alternative Pathways Officer; Care Experienced Students Officer; Mature Students Officer; Parents and Carers Students Officer; Co-Curricular Officer; Housing Officer; Media Officer; Sustainability Officer; International Officer; and Arts Officer. 

Four Equalities Officers will be elected later in March during the final Equalities Zone meeting of the academic term. These positions are Equalities Officer (Women), Equalities Officer (BAME), Equalities Officer (Disabled) and Equalities Officer (LGBT+). 

Students have until nominations close on Friday, February 25 at noon to submit their manifesto, slogan and supporting documents to the Stirling Students’ Union website. 

The polls open on Monday, March 14 at 9:00a.m and close the following day on Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30p.m. 

The results will be announced in the Venue Bar that evening at 7:30p.m, where the four new Sabbatical Officers and 15 Executive Officers will be elected. 

Stirling Students’ Union has encouraged students from all backgrounds to run for election and to get involved in representing a student voice that is “louder and more listened-to than ever”. 

“This is your chance to be part of change for the better in an exceptional, different but exciting year ahead,” said the Union. 

“We want our diverse student population to be represented and strongly encourage students from underrepresented and minority groups to consider running for election.” 

Union President, Nela Cadinanos Gonzalez, said: “The elections are a key point in the year for the Students’ Union and we’re excited to be in the nominations period and find out who’ll be running for positions.”

“Student representation is at the core of what we are as a Students’ Union and student voice is vital to our activity in campaigning for change.

“My advice for anyone considering running for a position would be to come and speak to the current Officer team directly, as well as Union Staff. We can give invaluable advice about manifesto writing, what already goes on in the Union and how you can best campaign for change.”

If you are interested in nominating yourself for a Sabbatical Officer or Executive Officer position, further information can be found on the Students’ Union website here. There will also be two ‘How to Run’ online training sessions held on Wednesday, February 16 and Friday, February 18. 

Featured Image Credit: Stirling Students’ Union 

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