All About The 2018 Students’ Union Elections!

By Robert Wheatley

You’ve seen the posters lining the de Havilland Atrium and the hallway: it’s time for the Students’ Union Elections!

The SU is nothing without a representative body, and now it’s your chance to vote who’s going to be leading it. Now that the SU Election nominations have passed, voting is now open and will continue to be until this Friday 16th, March at 2 pm, with the election results announced at 6 pm that same day.

If successful, the elected officers will form the next Students’ Union in early June this year, roles integral for making major legal and financial issues that strive to make the University of Hertfordshire’s student’s voices heard — it’s important, then, that you have your say on who should win by voting and support your desired candidate(s).

Roles to vote for

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There are five full-time elected officer positions, each of which with their own unique role in the Students’ Union.


The President leads the other officers and is the main representative of students at the University of Hertfordshire and the community surrounding it. The President will meet with senior University management and community leaders and will function as the lead officer in democratic and governance structures within the university. Their position also lets them meet, as well lobby, the University’s Chancellor, local Welwyn Hatfield MPs and other prominent figures in the University.

Vice President Services

This officer will oversee what services are available to UH students like The Forum, the SU Shops and the Elehouse. They will be in charge of developing the SU’s student and commercial services so that students at UH will be a part of these developments, and will also meet with senior University staff and companies to ensure services provided to students are suitable.

Vice President Education

To ensure students experience the best academic life possible, the VP Education will work with Student Reps to develop and improve education services at UH. Students’ employability, the achievement of their degree and their feedback are vital components in a successful University, so this officer will work to maximise these integral elements.

Vice President Activities

This officer oversees opportunities available to students that will provide them a source of leisure outside of their degree like sports, societies and volunteering opportunities. They will be in charge of recreational and development activities like societies, volunteering and RaG; the Raise and Give events that raise funds for charities. They will also act as the lead officer in development of sport and social activities on campus and otherwise act as a champion of all student groups and extra-curricular activities going on at the University.

Vice President Community

This VP will work on and off-campus with partners to develop the community surrounding our University. They are the lead officer for welfare, and their role is to ensure students have access to the support and guidance needed, and will be the champion for citizenship and social responsibility.

Part-time roles

Part-time positions are for students who will be around for the next year, and consist of Student Trustees, School Officers, a Post-Graduate Research Students’ Officer, and College Officers.

Student Trustees

The Trustee board oversees the strategy that ensures the Students’ Union is acting within the law and is managing its finances and governance correctly so students’ interests are at the centre of its decision-making. Three will be elected and will work with the SU President.

School Officers

Ten School Officers will be elected as representatives of their individual School, working with academic staff so that students’ within this School are listened to.

Post-Graduate Research Students’ Officer

This officer represents research students at the University, and feed important information back to the Student Council, whether its issues affecting researchers or to hold the Students’ Union to account.

College Officers

These four officers will represent the perspective of higher-education students at Hertfordshire Colleges so that the Students’ Union effectively represents their needs to the University of Hertfordshire.

How do I vote?

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It’s very simple! Simply follow this link to go onto the website, where you can view the elective positions in a bit more detail, and also find out who’s running for what, and view their manifestos. When you’re voting you’ll number each candidate in terms of your support, meaning your favourite candidate will receive a ‘1’, your second favourite a ‘2’, and so on.

See no one you like? If you think none of the candidates is suitable, simply put a ‘1’ in the Re-open Nominations (R.O.N) box.

Who’s running for what?

We’ve got 21 posts up for election this year, and the names and manifestos of each candidate are linked to below: