What do Representatives do?

The Representatives work to represent the rights of the students in their specific student groups. They ensure that the Students’ Union as a whole takes the views and needs of these students into account, and undertake projects and campaigns to support their student groups.

Representatives create a network for the students they represent (in coordination with relevant groups/societies) and feedback any issues these students are having to the Union and University. They have a seat on Union Council, which gives them the opportunity to represent students and raise concerns at the highest decision-making committee in the Students’ Union.

There are four Representatives, each representing one of the following groups:

  • Part-Time Students’ Representative
  • Mature Students’ Representative
  • Student Parents’ Representative
  • First Generation Scholars' Representative

You can read the full role description for these posts here: Representative Role Description. You can find out who your Representatives are here.

How can you become a Representative?

Nominations are now open for Representatives for the next academic year! You have until 9am 16th October 2020 to nominate yourself. Voting will happen between 16th and 23rd October 2020.

To run in the election, follow this simple process:

  1. Head to our elections webpage
  2. Click ‘nominate yourself’ and log in
  3. Click ‘nominate’ next to the Representative position you are interested in
  4. Write a manifesto (max 500 words) introducing yourself and explaining what you would like to achieve in the role
  5. Once applications close students will be able to choose who they would like to represent them
  6. Candidates will be informed by email if they have been successful

You can do this role on your own, or in a Role Share with someone else.
Read the election rules and guidelines

Who can be a Representative?

Anyone who will still be a University of Sussex or BSMS student during this academic year can put themselves forward as a candidate. You (or both of you, if running as a Role Share) must be a member of a group to represent them, e.g. only students studying part-time can nominate themselves for the Part-Time Students’ Representative role.

What support do Representatives get?

Representatives have an induction programme to help them learn about the Union and their role. There are opportunities for additional training throughout the year. 

You can expect support and advice from Full-time Union officers and Union staff as well as access to a funding pot to enact your manifesto and support the students you represent.