Frequently asked questions: The Election 2021
1. What full time roles are available?
- Vice President of AHSS
- Vice President of B&L
- Vice President of HEMS
- Vice President of S&E
There are 5 full time paid Officer positions available. Any student member at the time of election, regardless of their faculty, can stand for any of the Officer positions. This includes students in their final year. Students must intermit, or have completed their studies to take up the Officer posts in June.
For a chat about what any of the roles involve you can contact us via email.
2. What part time roles are available?
10 Faculty Rep roles:
- AHSS Faculty Rep (Cambridge)
- 2x HEMS Faculty Rep (Cambridge)
- 2x HEMS Faculty Rep (Chelmsford)
- HEMS Faculty Rep (Peterborough)
- B&L Faculty Rep (Cambridge)
- B&L Faculty Rep (Chelmsford)
- S&E Faculty Rep (Cambridge)
- S&E Faculty Rep (Chelmsford)
14 Campaign Rep roles:
- Trans Students' Rep (Chelmsford)
- Trans Students' Rep (Cambridge)
- BME Students' Rep (Chelmsford)
- BME Students' Rep (Cambridge)
- Disabled Students' Rep (Cambridge)
- Disabled Students' Rep (Chelmsford)
- LGBT+ Students' Rep (Chelmsford)
- LGBT+ Students' Rep (Cambridge)
- Womens' Rep (Chelmsford)
- Womens' Rep (Cambridge)
- International Students' Rep (Chelmsford)
- International Students' Rep (Cambridge)
- Mental Health Rep (Chelmsford)
- Mental Health Rep (Cambridge)
To apply for a Faculty Rep positon, you must be based on that campus and be a member of that faculty. To apply for a Campaign Rep position, you must be based on that campus and self-define into the group it represents. For the Mental Health Rep role, this is open to all students based on the relevant campus to apply to.
For all Faculty and Campaign Rep roles, you must also be continuing your studies in the 21/22 academic year to apply.
There are also 6 positions available for students to represent ARU at the NUS national conference, Dates TBC.
- 6 x National Conference Delegate
For a chat about what any of the roles involve you can contact us via email..
3. When can I stand as a candidate in the Election 2021?
Nominations are open from Monday 11 January at 9:00am until Wednesday 24 February at 12:00pm.
4. When can I vote in the Election 2021?
Voting is open Saturday 6 March at 9:00am until Friday 12 March at 2:00pm. All students whether based in Cambridge, Peterborough or Chelmsford can vote for any of the President or Vice President roles. This includes distance learners. Only students based on a specific campus and a member of that faculty may vote for a Faculty Rep role. Only students based on a specific campus and who self-defines into a campaign group may vote for that Campaign Rep role (excluding Mental Health Rep as all students on the relevant campus may vote for that role).
5. Are the part-time roles paid?
No. The roles of Campaign and Faculty Reps are voluntary, but we can help to log your hours and skills to create a transcript evidencing the work you have done. And there's a free hoody!!
National Conference Delegates are also voluntary.
6. Are the full-time (officer) roles paid?
Yes! If elected, you will be paid a full-time salary. Usually this will mean working for the Students' Union 9am-5pm Monday through Friday, but some evening and weekend working may be required. If you will not have completed your studies, you will need to intermit for a year, if elected.
7. When would I start?
Mid June - Dates TBC.
8. What is the Term of Office?
The positions run until July 2022 - you need to be a student for this period of time if running for a part-time positon. If running for a full-time positon, you can run if you will complete or intermit your studies..
National Conference delegates are elected for the period of NUS National Conference; 6th - 8th April 2021
9. Do I need to have any experience?
No- and we don't expect you to! All roles are fully trained and supported by dedicated SU staff.
10. What do I have to do to nominate myself for a position?
It is not like a normal job where you send a CV and are invited for an interview. You must apply online and then students will vote on whether they want you to represent them.
To apply, go to the application page and enter your details. Then write a statement of what you would like to achieve while in position. You must upload a statement and a photo for your application to be approved.
11. What should I include on my statement?
The statement must include your name and state what you would like to do while in position. This should be at least 10 words and we recommend no longer than 1 A4 side.
12. What is the deadline for submitting my application?
Your application must be submitted by Wednesday 24 February at 12:00pm and all paperwork completed by Friday 26 February at 12:00pm including your statement and photograph. This is a strict deadline!
13. What is involved in running a campaign?
You need to campaign to students to let them know why they should vote for you. The campaigning period is 26th February from 4:00pm to 12th March at 2:00pm.
14. Do I get any money to run the campaign?
If you are running for a part-time role (Campaign or Faculty Rep), you will be able to access a budget of £25 to spend how you would like. If you are running for a full-time role (President or Vice-President) you will be able to access a budget of £50. You cannot spend more than this. There is no budget for National Conference Delegates
15. If I work for ARU or the SU and I am running in the election, can I use my professional social media accounts to message students if I am friends with them?
No, you cannot use your professional social media accounts to contact students to discuss or promote your candidacy in any way, even if you are friends with them. You can also not use them to post content promoting your candidacy.
If you work as a staff member, including student staff member, for ARU or the SU please make sure to review the staff guidelines.
16. What is a Slate?
Slates are groups of 2 or more election candidates who are standing for different roles. They campaign during the election as a team and can share their budgets and campaign materials. You must state if you are part of a slate during the nomination process. Votes for slate members are still counted separatley - Just because one slate member gets elected does not mean they all will!
17. Why is my application not yet approved?
Applications are formally approved once the nomination period is closed, if all requirements are met.
Frequently asked questions: The Rep Elections 2021
1. Who can be a Course Rep?
Almost anyone! If you are a student at ARU, you can be a Rep. Most courses have one Rep per year group.
*(Framework award students may not be eligible)
2. What does the Course Rep role involve?
The most important part of the role is communicating with the students on your course. When you have gathered feedback from them, you take it to the relevant staff, either in person or at your Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) which takes place twice per year. You then let students know what happened and any changes you helped to make.
The basic requirements of a Course Rep are: 1. To complete training with the SU, 2. to gather feedback from students, 3. to attend or report to your SSLC.
3. What does the PGR Rep role involve?
The most important part of the role is communicating with the PGR students in your faculty. When you have gathered feedback from them, you take it to the relevant staff, either in person or at your Faculty Reseach and Innovation Committee (FRIC) which takes place twice per year. You then let students know what happened and any changes you helped to make.
The basic requirements of a PGR Rep are: 1. To complete training with the SU, 2. to gather feedback from students, 3. to attend or report to your FRIC.
3. How many hours a week would I need to work?
There is no set number of hours you need to commit. As long as you complete your training, communicate with your course mates and report to your SSLC you can take as much, or as little time as you like.
4. When would I start?
After the close of elections in October (or immediatley after your in-class election of you are a January starter).
5. Do I need to have any experience?
No- and we don't expect you to! All Reps are fully trained and supported by dedicated SU staff.
6. Can I stand if I am an International Student?
Yes you can.
7. Can I stand if I am a part-time student?
8. What if I started my course in January/March?
If you started at a different time of year you may already have a Course Rep in place (we run elections in January too!). If not there may be a vacant role in this election.
10. What do I have to do to nominate myself for a position?
It is not like a normal job where you apply for a position and then invited for an interview. You must nominate yourself and then students will vote on whether they want you to represent them.
To nominate yourself click here, make sure you've logged into the website and enter your details..
11. What should I include on my manifesto?
The manifesto is optional, but if you wish to you can use it to tell students why you would be great for this role. You can include a photograph too.
12. What is the deadline for submitting my nomination?
Dates for the Rep Election 2020 are yet to be confirmed.
13. I can't see my Course Rep role!
If you are a nursing student you may not have an online election. Please speak to your course leader to make sure an in-class election will be available for you. If you are not a nurse and connot find your Course Rep role in the election please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
14. Are the roles paid?
No. The roles of Course and PGR Rep are voluntary, but we can help to log your hours and skills to create a transcript evidencing the work you have done. And there's a free hoody!
15. How do I vote?
Voting takes place during election periods, online at www.angliastudent.com/vote
If you need help you can use one of our on campus ballot stations in Helmore Street and MAB foyer.
And if you are a candidate you can vote for yourself!