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Why Should You Vote in the SU Elections?

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Having an organisation that is independent of the university, working on your behalf and totally student-led is one of the best ways to ensure change at Solent happens. This is what the Students’ Union gives its members.

Each year we run nominations and elections so that you can choose your four full-time Sabbatical Officers. These Sabbatical Officers are your greatest tool for lobbying the university to make the changes you want to see. Their role is to represent YOU and help enhance your student experience. From fighting for the rights of different student groups, working to improve your education, to helping you become more employable when you leave Solent – your Sabbatical Officers are there to create the Solent you want.

Your Sabbatical Officers take a year out of their studies, to work full-time from the Students' Union. They are completely independent of the University and so can challenge them on issues you want to be raised. They also campaign, on your behalf, to help improve Solent for all students. Throughout their time, they will be asking you what you want to see happen at Solent, working with you to find solutions to problems within the student community and taking action to improve the university.

Sabbatical Officers are elected on their manifesto, so these documents are important to look at before voting for a candidate. The manifestos of this year’s candidates can be found HERE. Inside each manifesto, you’ll find extra information on candidates and which campaigns they wish to work on if they are elected.

Sabbatical Officers also represent you at local and national level working with and challenging, local authorities and MP's. If you would like a say in student life and education on a National Level, then voting for your NUS candidates is also important. As Solent Students’ Union is part of the NUS, we want you to elect which candidates you wish to represent Solent students at this year’s NUS conference. When voting for your NUS Delegates, please remember that the NUS Conference Policy states that 50% of delegates must identify as female, therefore two of the three candidates elected must identify as female. We are currently running the NUS Delegate elections HERE.

So if you want to see changes to the student experience at Solent & on a national level; VOTE NOW!


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