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You might have a few questions before submitting your nomination.

Don’t worry, our FAQs have you covered. If there is anything you want to ask us, get in touch at or pop into Level 7 of Strath Union

As a democratic, student-led organisation, Strath Union elects a new set of student officers every year to lead the Union for the following year.
Together they represent student’s views and interests and direct the political direction of the organisation.
There are six full-time paid sabbatical positions (Executive Officers), 13 voluntary roles (Non-Executive Officers) available.
If you have any questions about the roles or are unsure about standing in the elections, get in touch with us at , or pop into Level 7 of The Union for a chat.
You can find out more about the positions on offer here.

Being part of the Student Executive is a once in a lifetime opportunity where you can make a real difference and represent the needs of 24,000 students at Strathclyde University.
The benefits of putting yourself forward for nomination can be:
• Have a direct say in how the Students’ Union should be run
• A unique experience where you can develop new skills to strengthen your CV to make it stand out from the crowed
• Sabbatical roles are full time with a salary of £20,130
• Voluntary roles receive honoraria payments of between £600 and £1,000
• Get the chance to take part and lead in a number of events, activities and campaigns that will benefit the Union
• Network and build relationships with University staff
• Build on your self-confidence! You’ll be speaking to students and University staff, while presenting your views and objectives to a wide range of audiences.
You can read statements from past Union Presidents to find out more about the benefits here.

If you are a student at the University of Strathclyde, the answer is yes!
All students are eligible to stand as candidates and vote in elections. You can only run and vote for the Faculty Rep positions in your own faculty and some representative roles are limited to only those who identify within a group.
Here are some broad categories of students who may be precluded from running as a candidate:
• Those students currently on academic or voluntary suspension
• Students registered with attendance
• Students who are attending Strathclyde on exchange programmes
• Students who are attending Strathclyde on courses run through the Centre for Lifelong Learning

Complete the nomination form here and upload your manifesto by 12noon on Tuesday 18th of February 2019. By submitting your nomination, this means that you would like to put yourself forward for a position. You can withdraw at any time if you do change your mind.



All six sabbatical roles come with an annual salary of £20,130. Other representative roles are voluntary, however, they do receive honoraria payments of between £600 and £1,000.
Expenses incurred in all of these roles covered by Strath Union, more information will be provided if you are elected.

Sabbatical means that you take a year out from your studies to undertake the role. If you are part of the way through your course you resume at the same point in your studies once you have completed your year in office. If you are graduating you can also run for election to a full-time sabbatical role.

Executive officers also have a number of other responsibilities. This includes being a Trustee of Strath Union and having strategic and financial oversight. You may also represent the Union at University Court and at external meetings.


Yes, you should be able to extend your visa to cover the full sabbatical term in office. The University's International Student Support Team will be able to provide specific details and can be contacted here


What Do I Run For And How Do I Become A Candidate? Becoming a candidate in the Elections can be exciting, but please ensure you have read and understand all the information in the candidate pack prior to handing in your nomination form.
You can look at the positions here. You can run for either an executive officer position, which is a full-time paid role for which you take a year out of your studies, or a non-executive officer position, which is a voluntary role which you take up throughout your course and for which you’ll receive an honorarium of between £600 - £1000.

You can find more information, including the Candidates Pack and Election Rules here.


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