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Elections Explained

Monday 07-03-2016 - 00:00

You've probably heard *something* about the student rep elections that are taking place 7-10 March. If you're still a little unsure what it's all about, here's what you need to know:

Who are we actually electing?

A lot of people! You don’t have to vote for all the positions, only the ones that are relevant to you, but the full list of roles includes:

Full time Elected Officers

Union Affairs Officer, Equality, Liberation and Access Officer, Student Living Officer, Sport and Student Development Officer, Undergraduate Education Officer, Postgraduate Education Officer.

Part time volunteer roles

Education Reps: Faculty Reps, Course Reps

Identity Reps: Women's Officer, BME Students Officer, LGBT+ Students Officer, Disabled Students Officer, International Students Officer, Mature and Part Time Officer, Widening Participation Officer

Interest Reps: Chair of Student Council, Societies Chair, Sports Chair, Volunteering Chair, RAG Chair, Sustainability Chair

Student Trustees

What do these people do?

Well. Obviously they do a lot of different things, but their job across the board is basically to look out for Bristol students. They might be organising events to help you get to know people on your course (or just to blow off steam!), or lobbying the University for more books in the library or to diversify the curriculum. Your student rep network are responsible for organising Varsity, helping you to get the fairest deal on your student housing and overseeing our network of 350 student groups. Every single student at Bristol is affected by the actions of our reps, even if you don’t realise it!

In the past few years, student reps have:

  • Rolled out lecture capture across the University
  • Run campaigns such as Reclaim the Night, Mind Your Head and Why Is My Curriculum White?
  • Set up Balloon Bikes: a scheme which allows students to hire bike for £50
  • Secured £15,000 in funding for students who need to travel for research
  • Set up the Postgraduate Network, which has built a strong postgrad community at Bristol
  • Set up compulsory consent workshops for first year students, to tackle sexual violence on campus

Why will my vote make a difference?

These reps are usually in post for just one year. That means that they can only focus on a few key things. You want to make sure that the reps who are voted in are the ones who are going to focus on the issues that are most important to you. It could make a big difference to your time at University.

See the full list of candidates and vote now


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