Formal Notice

 

This year, our Cardiff Met SU elections will be taking place between 22nd March 2021 and 14th May 2021 (Voting 10th May – 14th May).

During elections, eligible students can put themselves forward for nomination and run as a candidate for the position of SU President – Affairs and Community or SU Vice President – Student Voice. Student members’ vote for their candidate to win and hold officer between 1st August 2021 – 31st July 2022.

The SU is a democratic membership organisation, this means that every decision is made in the interests of students at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

The elected candidates form part of the Students’ Union representative structure, which consists of full-time Sabbatical Officers, Part-Time Officers, School Representatives, Lead Representatives and Course Representatives.

You will represent the views of students to the University and wider community, whilst ensuring that the SU operates according to its policies and procedures, and most importantly in the best interest of its members.

Cardiff Met Students’ Union is here to represent and support every student. We run democratically, meaning that students are at the heart of every decision we make. The student elections give our students the chance to vote for a SU President - Affairs & Community and SU Vice President - Student Voice that will best represent their views.

- Keira Davies, Elections Officer

 

Lead your students' union

 

The elections for the new SU President - Affairs & Community and SU Vice President - Student Voice for your Students' Union are right around the corner!

Take a look through our Timetable below for the full 2021 Cardiff Met Students' Union elections schedule of events.

 

We are looking for leaders that will respond to feedback, enhance the student experience, and make positive changes to Cardiff Met Students’ Union and the University. This is a great opportunity for a student to develop their leadership and communication skills.

Cardiff Met Students’ Union is here to represent and support every student. We run democratically, meaning that students are at the heart of every decision we make. The student elections give you the chance to vote for a SU President -  Affairs & Community and SU Vice President - Student Voice that will best represent your views.

 

Election Timeline

 

 

FAQ's by Candidates

SU President - Affairs & Community:
This role concentrates on the day-to-day management of the SU and ensuring all SU members are aware of the services we provide.

Job responsibilities include:

• Student Governor
• SU Trustee
• Chair of Trustees and AGM as stated in the Constitution
• SU Visibility Campaigns
• Financial position and performance of the SU
• International Partner Event
• Awareness campaigns – based upon the SU’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement
• Report structure with Part Time Officers
• Involvement in SU disciplinary processes


SU Vice President - Student Voice:
This role concentrates on the development and maintenance of the Student Voice structure in the SU. This includes representation, student experience and engagement of Cardiff Met students.

Job responsibilities include:

• Student Governor • SU Trustee • Opportunity to chair SU general meetings • Head of Representation structure • Student Voice lead for the SU • Manage and train School Rep team • Act on student feedback • Develop relationships with ADSE’s and Schools • Student Led Teaching Awards lead • Student Achievement Awards lead • Provide support for casework representation • Student life – wellbeing and activities/campaigns

To become a SU Sabbatical officer you must nominate yourself with support of another Cardiff Met student. Nominations open on the Monday 26th April and close on the Friday 30th April at midday. Following this there will be campaigning period and an online election where students will vote for their preferred candidate. Prior to submitting a nomination form you are required to meet with the Elections Officer for a briefing about the process and the roles of SU President - Affairs & Community and SU Vice President - Student Voice.

Elections Officer - – Keira Davies – kdavies3@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Elections are open to all Cardiff Met students who have undertaken at least one year of study at one of our home campuses. If successful you would need to take a sabbatical (period of leave) year from your studies to undertake the role. You can also undertake these roles in the year after you have graduated.

Nomination forms are available from the SU website here www.cardiffmetsu.co.uk/elections2021/ from Monday 26th April. Once you have completed your nominations form and had it seconded by a fellow student, it needs to be returned by email to the Elections Officer. You will recieve a confirmation email in return.

Winning one election does not mean that you will win another, every candidate is in with a chance of winning as it is up to the students who vote to decide who is successful.

A manifesto is, a public declaration of policy and aims, especially a manifesto that has been issued before an election by a political party or candidate. In the context of Cardiff Met SU elections your manifesto is the document where you get to show your fellow students (the voters) why you’re the best person for the role and what you aim to do if successful.

Guidance will be available to candidates from 29th March – 2nd April.

In the context of elections, campaigning is what candidates do to get votes. However it’s not just handing out leaflets! Successful candidates take time to listen and speak to students, find out what the current issues are that are affecting the student experience and what students would like to see from their new officers.

As outlined in the What roles are available? the role of a Cardiff Met SU Sabbatical Officer is a hugely diverse one, and this means that it gives the successful candidate the opportunity to develop a unique set of skills to use in the future.

These skills include:
• Time management
• Organisation
• Leadership
• Project management
• Research
• Public speaking
• Reading and creating high level papers for committee
• Chairing meetings

All SU elections give the option for voters to express their wish that nominations for a role be re-opened. Voting R.O.N is usually taken when voters do not feel any of the candidates offer viable or credible policies.

Should R.O.N win an election, the post would not be filled, and a bi-election would be organised at a further time deemed suitable.

FAQ's by Voters

These are the people representing you for the next year, you should have a say in who is representing you at the highest level of the University. Even if you are graduating this year and leaving Cardiff Met, think who would I have liked to represent me this year?

Your vote is unique to you! No one can tell you who to vote for but we can ask you to use your vote wisely. Make sure you take some time to read up on candidates manifesto points, speak to the candidates and make an educated decision when you’re ready.

All SU elections give the option for voters to express their wish that nominations for a role be re-opened. Voting R.O.N is usually taken when voters do not feel any of the candidates offer viable or credible policies.

Should R.O.N win an election, the post would not be filled, and a bi-election would be organised at a further time deemed suitable.