Information for Staff

Students' Union Elections 2023 - Information for Staff

The biggest and most exciting thing to happen in our SU Calendar is here!

At the start of each year, we begin the search for our new Student Leaders.

There are lots of positions available and any student at Queen’s can run for one, no matter what School they’re from or what year they’re in. There are a variety of Student Officer, Academic Rep and Student Rep positions available:

Staff and student reps working effectively together in partnership enhances the student experience, supports more responsive service provision and creates greater shared understanding of the challenges faced by staff and by students.

Working together, we can make the academic, and overall, student experience as good as it can be.

Applications closed on Thu 2 Feb, 5pm.

Voting takes place Mon 6 Mar, 12 noon - Thu 9 Mar, 3pm.

Faculty and School Rep Elections
Undergrad Faculty- and Undergrad School- Representatives are elected during this election period.

Recruitment for UG Course Reps (at Levels 2,3,4, & 5) will take place in April 2023

Postgraduate Faculty, School and Course Reps will be elected in Sept 2023.

UG Course Reps (Level 1) will be elected in Sept 2023.

The Role of University Staff

Staff can help by:

  • Promoting student rep opportunities to students using our recruitment toolkit (see below). It contains sample social media posts and sample emails to assist with promotion. Applications close on Thu 2 Feb at 5pm.
  • Reommending potential reps to the Students' Union using our Suggest a Student form. We will then reach out to the student. (This can be anonymous. The student does not have to know that you are recomending them.)
  • Promoting voting in the elections (6 - 9 Mar). Supporting guidance and a toolkit is available below.
  • Remaining impartial towards candidates throughout the election process. This means that staff should not endorse candidates or encourage students to vote for particular candidates, or provide access to resources that they would not ordinarily make available to all candidates in an election.
  • Allowing students to promote themselves to students. (This could include: allowing candidates to speak briefly to students before a lecture / tutorial / lab; playing a brief video provided by a candidate or allowing them to post a short statement / social media links to your students.)

Promotional Toolkit

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The Promotional Toolkit
Our candidate promotion toolkit will help you to ENCOURAGE VOTING FOR School Reps, Faculty Reps and Student Officers.

It contains sample social media postS and sample emails to assist with promotion.

Voting takes place Mon 6 Mar, 12 noon - Thu 9 Mar, 3pm.


Download Toolkit (.doc)    Download Toolkit Graphics Pack (.zip)
£25 Recognition Vouchers for Staff

This year the Students’ Union is rewarding staff who refer students to the SU Elections for the Full-Time Student Officer role with a £25 Recognition Voucher to show our appreciation that they are going above and beyond their role.

When self-nominating, students running for a Full-Time Student Officer role will be given the opportunity to provide the name and email address of a staff member who may have been instrumental in their decision to run in the SU Elections.

If a student has nominated themselves and has engaged in the elections process (i.e. attended compulsory election events and submitted election materials, including a manifesto), staff will be rewarded with a £25 Recognition Voucher as a gesture of our thanks!