Elections


The Students’ Union is here to ensure that students have a voice and can influence decision making around their courses and other things that affect their life at Sussex. There are over 300 elected student representative positions which ensures that the Students’ Union prioritises students and remains student-led

Nominate yourself here


Throughout the year you can elect the following - click on the heading to find out more:

Autumn Term:

  • Student Reps (PGs, first years and unfilled positions): act as the link between the student body, the Students’ Union and the University to ensure students are getting the most out of their course
  • Representatives: work to proactively represent the rights of the students in their specific student groups.
  • PG Part Time Officers: work to represent PGR and PGT students
  • NUS Conference Delegates: Conference delegates attend a National Union of Students (NUS) conference to represent Sussex (National Conference and/or Liberation Conference).

Spring Term:

  • 6 Full Time Officers: To lead Sussex Union and be the voice of the student body.
  • 5 Part Time Officers: To proactively represent the rights of the students in their specific student groups.
  • Student Reps (all years except PG and first years): act as the link between the student body, the Students’ Union and the University to ensure students are getting the most out of their course

Our election rules and guidelines.

Our election dates for the autumn term.


Our elections run in a similar way to the UK's General Election.

  • Each year, current students (all students are automatically members of the Students' Union) vote for representatives called Officers.
  • Any current student can put themselves forward as a candidate (nominate themselves) and their application is then supported by their peers.
  • All students are asked to vote for which candidates they would best like to represent them, based on their manifesto (plan of action).
  • Students vote online by ranking the candidates in order of preference.
  • Voting happens during Election Week
  • We use the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system to calculate the winner.

How to vote

Select the election above and the roles you wish to vote for. When you're voting you can rank the candidates in order of preference.

If you experience problems voting, please email [email protected] as soon as possible so we can resolve these for you.

If you have any complaints about the conduct of candidates or the elections process, you can contact the Returning Officer at [email protected]. Complaints about candidates must be raised no later than one hour after the close of voting, and complaints about the elections process must be raised no later than one week after voting closes. You can find out more about complaints under section 4.17 of the Rules.


Find out more on our website:

Why be an officer?

What have past officers achieved?

Who are the current Full Time Officers?

Democracy at the Students’ Union


Election dates (Autumn Term):


Student Rep election dates:

  • Nominations open: 2nd September
  • Nominations close: 9am 5th October
  • Voting opens: 5pm 5th October
  • Voting closes: 9am 9th October

Student Rep Committee election dates: (only open to those elected as Student Reps)

  • Nominations open: midday 9th October
  • Nominations close: 9am 16th October
  • Voting opens: midday 16th October
  • Voting closes: 9am 20th October

Representatives election and PG Part Time Officer election dates:

  • Nominations open: 2nd September
  • Nominations close: 9am 16th October
  • Voting opens: midday 16th October
  • Voting closes: 9am 23rd October

NUS conference delegate election dates:

  • Nominations open: 9am 9th November
  • Nominations close: midday 26th November
  • Voting opens: 9am 27th November
  • Voting closes: 5pm 3rd December

Referenda dates:

  • Deadline to submit referenda topics: 8pm 9th November
  • Deadline for referenda arguments: midday 25th November
  • Voting opens: 9am 27th November
  • Voting closes: 5pm 3rd December