About Solent Elections
Representation and democracy runs through the heart of what we do as a Students’ Union. Our elections give students a unique opportunity to represent your peers to Solent University, Solent Students' Union and the wider community to bring about the changes you'd like to see.
Standing in a student election and becoming a students' union officer can significantly boost your career, your CV and your leadership experience for when you leave university.
We have students across campus ensuring that all the big decisions made at Solent University are in the best interests of the student body, and one of them could be YOU!
Each year, Students' Union's across the UK run an elections period, followed by a by-elections later in the year, to fill a number of full-time and paid Sabbatical Officer roles, as well as many volunteer Part-Time Officer roles.
If elected, you can be in post for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years.
Why do we run elections?
The Students’ Union exists to make sure that students have a voice and can influence decision making at university. By joining together and having your voices heard, we can build the student experience that you want, and elections are where you can do this
As with any election, voting for student representatives is incredibly important. Voting ensures that the candidate that is most aligned with your goals and values has a higher chance of being elected, and also that our best possible student representatives get elected.
This is crucial for any student studying at the university, as the elected candidates are the student voice– bringing up issues that affect us and remedying them, as well as facilitating a better and more accepting learning environment for us all. Their impact on the university knows no bounds, and entirely depends on the motivation and enthusiasm of the elected representatives- pretty much, it’s up to you, the student, to make your university life the best it can be by choosing the right representative.
Key dates 2024
Applications open: Friday 9th February at 10am
Applications close: Tuesday 5th March at 12pm
Candidate briefing: TBC
Pledges and artwork deadline: Thursday 7th March at 12pm
Artwork printing to be collected: Friday 8th March at 12pm
Voting opens: Monday 11th March at 10am
Voting closes: Friday 15th March at 3pm
Results night: Friday 15th March at 7pm
Results posted online: Monday 18th or Tuesday 19th March