What Positions Can I Run For?

Standing for election means you want to make a difference. It is about making positive changes for students by shaping the university experience at York in line with students’ needs, views and experiences.

Officers, Academic Reps and NUS Delegates are all elected to communicate a wide range of issues to the University and on a national level.

Who Can Run?

The Officer Elections are open to all members of the Union, that is anyone who is a student at the University of York.

However for some of the roles, there are limitations on who can run based on how they identify and their year of study.

Part Time Officer positions and Non Officer positions are required to have a continuous period of study throughout their time in office. This means that they cannot stand as officers if they are moving from an undergraduate course to a masters course, or masters course to PhD.

Full Time Sabbatical Officers

The Sabbatical Officers work full time to ensure the issues that matter to you most are represented to University leadership and beyond.

To find out more about our current Full Time Sabbatical Officers head to the <a href="https://www.yusu.org/student-voice/your-officers/full-time-officers">Full Time Officer page.</a>

Union President

Acts as the main spokesperson for YUSU, chairs the Board of Trustees and is responsible for the reputation, leadership and direction of YUSU as a democratic organisation.

As President you will work closely with the University’s Vice Chancellor as well as students and University staff.

Achievements of YUSU Presidents:

  • Helped get mental health on the University’s agenda, backing a mental health taskforce that led to £500,000 of investment being secured for student mental health provisions.

  • Developed an international student network with International Students’ Officers, feeding back experiences of student life to the Deputy Vice Chancellor.

  • Worked with the University to cap tuition fees for students.

Union President currently has 5 nominations

Nominations have closed

York Sport President

Coordinates and develops sport within YUSU and works to increase opportunities and participation.

The York Sport President is at the forefront of BUCs, College and Recreational Sports and plays a leading role in Roses, Europe's largest varsity event.

Achievements of York Sport Presidents:

  • Embedding equality and diversity into the heart of Sports at York

  • Working to ensure accreditation for college sports teams

  • Developed ‘Spotlight on Sport’, a campaign to highlight the lesser known sporting activities around campus.

York Sport President currently has 3 nominations

Nominations have closed

Academic Officer

Represents students on issues relating to their course, teaching and learning facilities. The Academic Officer also works with over 400 Course Reps, Department Reps and Faculty Reps to ensure that every student has the opportunity to shape how their course is taught.

Achievements for Academic Officers:

  • Promoting equality and diversity through the Athena Swan programme.

  • Developing the ‘Teaching Excellence Awards’.

  • Contributing to a range of University bodies such as University Teaching Council and Estates and Planning, influencing the design of teaching spaces such as the £16 million Spring Lane building.

Academic Officer currently has 3 nominations

Nominations have closed

Student Activities Officer

Supports and develops extra-curricular activities amongst students, including societies, events and volunteering. The Student Activities Officer represents all students who take part in societies, volunteer and hold the University and YUSU to account through the media. They are responsible for making sure that societies receive the support and recognition they deserve.

Achievements for Student Activities Officers:

  • Development of the media charter

  • Development of Give it a Go week.

  • Lobbying for flat space for students to perform and practice.

Student Activities Officer currently has 4 nominations

Nominations have closed

Community & Wellbeing Officer

Represents students on issues affecting their wellbeing, such as health, finance, accommodation and security, as well as wider community issues. The Community and Wellbeing Officer is key to ensuring that students from a range of backgrounds and minority groups are represented within the University. They also ensure that students are represented fairly within the local community, liaising with both town and parish council officials.

Achievements for Community and Wellbeing Officers:

  • Online hate crime reporting system introduced.

  • Leave of absence research, which led to changes in how support is provided.

  • Keep Your Cool project, which ensures students know where to turn and what to do during stressful exam periods.

Community & Wellbeing Officer currently has 3 nominations

Nominations have closed

Part Time Officers

Part-time Officers are student volunteers who are currently studying at York University. They represent students on a range of issues including liberation, volunteering, raising and giving and environment and ethics.

To find out more about our current Part Time Officers, head to our <a href="https://www.yusu.org/student-voice/your-officers/part-time-officers">Part Time Officer page.</a>

Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Officer

The BAME Officers have spearheaded a wide variety of campaigns demonstrating both the contribution of BAME students to the University of York community as well as raising key issues for BAME students studying at the University.

Achievements of BAME Officers:

  • Creating the ‘Black Excellence’ poster campaign, demonstrating the achievements of Black alumni and current students at York.

  • Working on the NUS campaign: ‘Why is my curriculum white?’

  • Increased awareness of Black culture, history and literature through the promotion of Black History month.

Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Officer currently has 5 nominations

Nominations have closed

Must identify as being Black, Asian, Minority or Ethnic

Disabled Students' Officer

Represents disabled students and promotes awareness of accessibility issues on campus and around York. Candidates for this position must self-define as having a disability, or be considered to have one by the University or law.

Achievements of Disabled Students’ Officers:

  • Lobbied for accessibility in Sports.

  • Launched the ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible Campaign’

  • Provided input into University and Union communication and development plans

Disabled Students' Officer currently has 2 nominations

Nominations have closed

Must self identify as being disabled

Environment and Ethics Officer

The Environment & Ethics Officer exists to promote sustainable and fair practices at the University of York. They consult with University management and influence policy. They raise awareness through student-led campaigns and make saving the planet enjoyable and accessible.

Achievements of the Environment and Ethics Officer:

  • Worked with the University to make meat free Mondays a key fixture in University catering.

  • Promoted sustainability within societies, sports teams and other YUSU groups.

  • Hosted ethical food fairs during Freshers’ week to ensure that students had vegan and vegetarian food choices.

Environment and Ethics Officer currently has 4 nominations

Nominations have closed

International Students' Officer

Represents international students and encourages their participation in wider YUSU and University activities. The International Students’ Officers represent 20% of the student population. They hold drop ins, support international events and ensure that international students get the fairest deal while studying at York.

Achievements of the International Officers:

  • Developing a representation network feeding back to the Deputy Vice Chancellor on international strategy.

  • Hosted popular weekly drop ins to help international students raise concerns and navigate studying in the UK.

  • Won multiple funding bids from YUFund to promote Global Week, York’s premier international cultural showcase.

International Students' Officer currently has 1 nomination

Nominations have closed

Must be a non-home student

LGBTQ Officer

Represents students who do not self-define as both heterosexual and cis-gendered and works to increase awareness of LGBTQ issues. Candidates for this position must not self-define as heterosexual and cis-gendered.

Achievements of LGBTQ Officers:

  • Introduced asexual and trans awareness weeks.

  • Collaborated with the University and local communities group for LGBT history month.

  • Host the annual David Kato memorial lectures, drawing attention to key issues impacting LGBTQ people across the world.

LGBTQ Officer currently has 2 nominations

Nominations have closed

Must either self identify as being non-heterosexual or cisgendered

Mature Students' Officer

The Mature Students’ Officer is responsible for ensuring that undergraduate students over the age of 21 are represented within the University. They work with organisations such as the Student Hub and also the Family Network on a range of campaigns and issues.

Achievements of the Mature Students Officer:

  • Organising a range of events for mature students to gather and socialise

  • Working with student hub to represent the needs of mature students

  • Worked with the Family Network to promote issues for students with families.

Mature Students' Officer currently has 4 nominations

Nominations have closed

Must have started their undergraduate degree after the age of 21

RAG (Raising and Giving) Officer

Develops fundraising opportunities for students. The RAG Officers cover some of YUSU’s biggest events. From raising money in Freshers’ to hosting and organising RAG week, they are dedicated to ensuring our RAG charities receive funds that keep their services alive.

Develops fundraising opportunities for students. The RAG Officers cover some of YUSU’s biggest events. From raising money in Freshers’ to hosting and organising RAG week, they are dedicated to ensuring our RAG charities receive funds that keep their services alive.

Achievements of the RAG Officers:

  • Raising £1600 for Kidscan through Jailbreak  in 2017

  • Raising £1800 for IDAS and Kidscan through RAG Week

  • Hosting NUS RAG Conference in 2014.

RAG (Raising and Giving) Officer currently has 2 nominations

Nominations have closed

Volunteering Officer

Develops opportunities for students to become involved in volunteering. YUSU Volunteering Officers facilitate a wide range of opportunities to volunteer and support a whole range of projects. From one off events to longer term opportunities, the Volunteering Officers are at the heart of developing an inclusive and strong campus community.

Achievements of the Volunteering Officers:

  • Setting up ‘Make a Difference’ or ‘MAD’ days, one off opportunities for students to take part in volunteering activities with local groups.  

  • Organising Volunteering celebration events to promote the work done by volunteers.

  • Organised volunteer fairs in order for students to meet volunteer groups in an easy and accessible setting.

Volunteering Officer currently has 1 nomination

Nominations have closed

Womens' Officer

Women’s Officers have driven campus events and created change. The Women’s Officers represent self-defining women and non-binary people on campus.

Achievements of Women’s Officers:

  • Developed consent talks, which now form part of the induction programme for all University of York freshers.

  • Tackled rape culture by supporting the #It’sNotOk campaign.

  • Developed the online student misconduct system with the Communities and Wellbeing Officer.

Womens' Officer currently has 3 nominations

Nominations have closed

Must self identify as either a woman or as non-binary.

Working Class Officer

The Working Class and Social Mobility Officer is a new representative position at YUSU created following a referendum last term in which students voted for a new post to:

  • Advocate for and represent the interests of students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds on campus.

  • Campaign and lobby the University in the interest of students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • Coordinate opportunities for working-class students.

A key part of this new position will be working with the Officer team to develop what the role does and also the Working Class and Social Mobility network.

Working Class Officer currently has 5 nominations

Nominations have closed

It is expected students standing for this role will self-define as working class.

Non Officer Roles

Officers, Academic Reps and NUS Delegates are all elected to communicate a wide range of issues to the University and on a national level.

Standing for election means you want to make a difference. It is about making positive changes for students by shaping the university experience at York in line with students’ needs, views and experiences.

Faculty Rep (Arts and Humanities)

Faculty Reps work behind the scenes, sitting on some of the highest-level committees to shape and influence University-wide decisions. As a Faculty Rep you will champion student feedback on teaching and learning and have an opportunity to make positive changes for students.

As part of the Academic Representation Network you are supported by over 450 Reps and the Student Engagement Team at YUSU. Faculty Reps can have a huge impact and the experience gained in the role is great for both personal and professional development.

Achievements of the Faculty Reps:

  • Successfully worked with Senate to find a better solution for governance and ownership of joint degrees.

  • Collected a huge amount of student opinion on open access to alternate module content - this will be taken to the University soon.

Faculty Rep (Arts and Humanities) currently has 2 nominations

Nominations have closed

Must be studying an Arts and Humanities course

Faculty Rep (Sciences)

Faculty Reps work behind the scenes, sitting on some of the highest-level committees to shape and influence University-wide decisions. As a Faculty Rep you will champion student feedback on teaching and learning and have an opportunity to make positive changes for students.

As part of the Academic Representation Network you are supported by over 450 Reps and the Student Engagement Team at YUSU. Faculty Reps can have a huge impact and the experience gained in the role is great for both personal and professional development.

Achievements of the Faculty Reps:

  • Successfully worked with Senate to find a better solution for governance and ownership of joint degrees.

  • Collected a huge amount of student opinion on open access to alternate module content - this will be taken to the University soon.

Faculty Rep (Sciences) currently has 3 nominations

Nominations have closed

Must be studying a Sciences course

Faculty Rep (Social Sciences)

Faculty Reps work behind the scenes, sitting on some of the highest-level committees to shape and influence University-wide decisions. As a Faculty Rep you will champion student feedback on teaching and learning and have an opportunity to make positive changes for students.

As part of the Academic Representation Network you are supported by over 450 Reps and the Student Engagement Team at YUSU. Faculty Reps can have a huge impact and the experience gained in the role is great for both personal and professional development.

Achievements of the Faculty Reps:

  • Successfully worked with Senate to find a better solution for governance and ownership of joint degrees.

  • Collected a huge amount of student opinion on open access to alternate module content - this will be taken to the University soon.

Faculty Rep (Social Sciences) currently has 1 nomination

Nominations have closed

Must be studying a Social Sciences course

NUS Delegate

NUS delegates represent University of York students on a national level. They will attend the annual NUS Conference Tuesday 27 - Thursday 29 March. While there they vote on a range of issues submitted by students from unions. Last year they voted on issues including reducing the cost of sanitary products, scholarships for international students and student housing.

NUS Delegate currently has 6 nominations

Nominations have closed

Policy Coordinator

The Policy Coordinator oversees accountability of YUSU Officers as well as the policy process. Policy is the way in which non-elected students can drive the political direction of YUSU and make changes to their union, the University and beyond. The Policy Coordinator chairs the Policy Review Group in order to ensure that students can feedback on any policy submitted.

More information on the policy process can be found here.

The Policy Coordinator is also responsible for investigations with Union staff if an Officer faces a vote of no confidence or a motion of censure.

Achievements of the Policy Coordinator:

  • Working with union staff to ensure that all submitted policy is legal and financially viable.

  • Developed communications that promote the policy process to all students.

  • Created frameworks for students to submit policy in an easy to understand format.

Policy Coordinator currently has 2 nominations

Nominations have closed

Student Trustee

A trustee board is designed as a tool of governance, to bring internal knowledge and external experience together to provide an overarching body which can consult and assist the Union’s management, and to make decisions at a strategic level.

Student Trustees are elected by a cross campus balot. Student Trustees shall hold office for a period of up to two years, commencing on 21st June 2018. All nominees must confirm that they hold continuous study for the duration of their term and must be available for a development day on 19th March.

Information Pack (PDF 2.43MB)

Student Trustee currently has 3 nominations

Nominations have closed