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STUDENTS' UNION ELECTIONS 2024

Elections timeline

Nominations Open

26.02.24

Nominations Close

08.03.24

Campaigning Begins

14.03.24

Voting Open

18.03.24

Results Night

22.03.24

It's time for the 2024 Students' Union Elections! This is your chance to decide on the representatives of your Union and its future for the year ahead.

There are seven roles up for nomination in this year’s Elections. So speak up, nominate yourself or recommend your friends, and cast your vote to make a change.

FAQs

Sabbatical Officers are full-time, student representatives. They are students who are either taking a year out from their studies (that’s why it’s called a ‘sabbatical’) or have just finished their degree. They work on campaigns, advocate for students, and attend meetings with University members, local councillors or sometimes even MPs! You can read the full role descriptions for each role on the roles tab, and you can see what the 鶹¾ Officers and have been up to.

The Sabbatical Officer role is a full time job with a 35-hour per week flexi-time contract (meaning if you end up working over those hours during a busy week, you can take that time back later on). Sabbatical Officers get paid an annual salary of £24,685. Alongside this, they are given 38 days of paid holidays, including bank holidays and company-wide closure period at Christmas. International students can also be officers as the Uni will continue to sponsor their Tier 4 visa during their time in office. It’s a proper job!

The political direction of the Union is guided by the student body and the Sabbatical Officers, who also act as Trustees of the organisation. The Sabbatical team, with the support of other representatives, decides on policy, governance, campaigns and more. If elected, you won’t be on your own and will join a community of people who are just as committed to the student movement as you are. Officers are supported by over 40 members of staff - including the CEO - who aid with the operational running of the organisation. We have a dedicated and skilled team of permanent and student staff members who are there to support Sabbs to achieve their manifestos.

Over the years, Sabbs have achieved a lot for students and run a number of campaigns to improve the student experience. Here are just a few:

  • Successfully lobbied for free period products across campus

  • In 2021, the Union President ensured the continuation of the COVID-19 Emergency Student Support Fund (ESSF), making the University of York 1 of 5 Universities in the UK to continue a COVID-19 related support fund into 2021-22 academic year

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  • Developed the Rewards and Recognition Scheme for Student Groups

  • Ran the first York BAME Creative Showcase

  • Played a key role in setting up The Kitchen @ Alcuin, preventing the space from closing and securing it as a 鶹¾ not-for-profit venue

We know that some courses have later deadlines than July and so we are here to support in negotiating deadlines, hand-in dates, and study schedules with your academic department. In the past we have also adapted training schedules to work around deadlines or planned absences. That’s why we have a flexi work policy - meaning if you need to work fewer hours one week, you can make it up another week, or if you go over your weekly hours you can take the time back.

As we work towards becoming a single Students’ Union, we are evaluating how representation can work even better to represent students from all different backgrounds - including postgraduates and international students. While we would normally elect Part-Time Officers and Faculty Reps at the same time as our Sabbs, we are holding off on these until the start of the next academic year so that we can be more exclusive of postgraduates by research (PGRs) and first-year students, allowing more opportunities for engagement! We’re also reviewing what these roles look like to ensure that they are the best that they can be. Keep an eye out in the autumn for what that looks like.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please email

We can offer support by email, or even one to one chats with relevant staff members. Any questions about election rules or eligibility, please get in touch with: