Student Union Elections

Like all good universities, Edge Hill University has a Students’ Union, they even have offices upstairs in The Hub. The Students’ Union team is comprised of the president and three Vice-Presidents, one for Activities, one for Welfare, and one for Academic Representation, and are 18k salary positions. There are also six Support Officers: BME Officer, Disabled Officer, International Officer, Post-Grad Officer, Mature and Part-Time Officer, Women’s Officer, LGBQ+ Officer, Trans and Non-Binary Officer. Whilst the President and VPs are full-time jobs, the Support are part-time.

Voting took place online but could be accessed at various polling stations on Edge Hill campus throughout the week. This year, voting took place from Monday 5th to Friday 9th. Students could submit their manifestos for the positions a few weeks prior to the voting and could start campaigning a few days before voting began and throughout the voting week. The voting system uses a single-transferable vote procedure, meaning that you rank the candidates in each category, then if your most preferred candidate doesn’t receive the most number of “first” votes, they are knocked out, and your “second” vote counts to another candidate, etc. Personally, I prefer this system to the first-past-the-post system used to elect MPs to Westminster, as it eliminates fears of a “wasted vote” that arise when there are two ‘main’ parties running. This year, students who voted were also entered into a prize draw to win an Apple Watch – yet another incentive to vote.

This year, I actually ran for one of the support officer positions, the Trans and Non-Binary Officer. The Trans and Non-Binary Officer position is fairly new. In the past, there was just the LGBT Officer position, but now one has become two positions – as seen in the list above: LGBQ+ and Trans and Non-Binary. This allows a lot more focus to be applied to both positions, one focusing primarily on sexuality and the homophobia, biphobia, acephobia, etc. that might affect students; the other focused on gender and the transphobia that might affect either some of those same students or others students entirely.

Student Union Elections!

Hey all, I hope you’ve had a good week so far and have a fun filled weekend ahead of you!

Something that’s coming up on campus right now are the Student’s Union Elections. If you don’t know what the Edge Hill Student’s Union is or haven’t seen my post about the Student’s Union, I have put the link below:

All Things Student Union

The SU Elections are held annually to decide which Edge Hill students represent the student voice throughout the University. There are so many different roles in which you can either apply to be the representative for or vote for who you feel is best suited to the job.

SU President: the president is the head of the Student’s Union. Our current President is Ben Whittle, and amongst the aims that were in his manifesto was his intention to increase mental health support and raise awareness. The SU’s website lists the responsibilities of the president as;

  • Acting as a spokesperson and ambassador for EHSU, alongside the rest of the Sabbatical Officer team. This will include appearing in publicity materials and, if necessary, representing EHSU in local and national media.
  • Chairing EHSU’s Board of Trustees and serving as a member of relevant University Committees, including the University’s Board of Governors. You will also be a member of EHSU’s proposed student council (or any equivalent student-led, democratic decision-making platform).
  • Supporting the delivery of EHSU’s strategic plan.
  • Engaging with and listening to the views of Edge Hill Students, using their feedback to develop policies and campaigns that enhance student satisfaction.
  • Lobbying the university on relevant issues, shaping positive change on behalf of Edge Hill Students.
  • Representing the interests of Edge Hill students to the National Union of Students (NUS) and acting as EHSU’s lead delegate at the NUS Annual Conference.
  • Supporting the work of EHSU’s Part-Time Officers.
  • Promoting the activities and services of EHSU, alongside your fellow officers and staff.

Vice President of Academic Representation: this VP ensures that any concerns or requests regarding the education of students is discussed and solved. Our current VP of Academic Representation is Luke Myer, who is involved nationally in education-based campaigns and networks, and also facilitates the recruitment, training and support of the course reps. The SU’s website lists the responsibilities of this VP as;

  • Acting as a spokesperson and ambassador for EHSU. This will include appearing in publicity materials and representing EHSU in local and national media in relation to issues within the remit of your role.
  • Serving on EHSU’s Board of Trustees for the duration of your post. You will also be a member of EHSU’s proposed Student Council (or any equivalent student-led, democratic decision-making platform).
  • Supporting the delivery of EHSU’s strategic plan.
  • Representing Edge Hill students on university committees, including Academic Board, Learning and Teaching Committee and Academic Quality Enhancement Committee.
  • Developing EHSU’s academic representation system in partnership with students, EHSU staff and the university.
  • Gathering student feedback on academic issues to support the development or relevant research, policies and campaigns.
  • Coordinating EHSU’s annual Student Led Staff Awards in collaboration with EHSU staff.
  • Supporting the work of EHSU’s Part-Time Officers.
  • Promoting the activities and services of EHSU, alongside your fellow officers and staff.

Vice President of Activities: this VP influences what activities are offered to students on and around campus. Our current VP of Activities is Dan Bocharnikov, who oversees the wonderful Give It A Go programme (see my blog about this here). The SU’s website lists the responsibilities of this VP as;

  • Acting as a spokesperson and ambassador for EHSU. This will include appearing in publicity materials and representing EHSU in local and national media in relation to issues within the remit of your role.
  • Serving on EHSU’s Board of Trustees for the duration of your post. You will also be a member of EHSU’s proposed Student Council (or any equivalent student-led, democratic decision-making platform).
  • Supporting the delivery of EHSU’s strategic plan.
  • Attending relevant committees and meetings.
  • Working with EHSU staff to develop student media and volunteering opportunities.
  • Chairing and coordinating EHSU’s Societies Council and Team Edge Hill Forum.
  • Co-creating a programme of extracurricular activities and events, in collaboration with EHSU staff.
  • Engaging regularly with students, using their feedback to develop relevant policies, campaigns and events that enhance their experience.
  • Supporting the work of EHSU’s Part-Time Officers.
  • Promoting the activities and services of EHSU, alongside your fellow officers and staff.

Vice President of Welfare: this VP looks after the welfare interests and concerns of students. Our current VP of Welfare is Rosie McKenna, who has helped raise awareness of sexual consent and how important it is and has also created an Emergency Sanitary Station for people to pick up free sanitary pads or tampons if they need them. The SU’s website lists the responsibilities of this VP as;

  • Acting as a spokesperson and ambassador for EHSU. This will include appearing in publicity materials and representing EHSU in local and national media in relation to issues within the remit of your role.
  • Serving on EHSU’s Board of Trustees for the duration of your post. You will also be a member of EHSU’s proposed Student Council (or any equivalent student-led, democratic decision-making platform).
  • Supporting the delivery of EHSU’s strategic plan.
  • Attending relevant university committee meetings and, where appropriate, liaising with student services.
  • Identifying the welfare needs of Edge Hill students through regular outreach work. You will also work closely with the Student Advice Centre to identify potential trends in issues relating to student welfare.
  • Working in partnership with students, EHSU staff and relevant external organisations to develop policies and campaigns that support the welfare of Edge Hill students.
  • Supporting the work of EHSU’s Part-Time Officers and ensuring EHSU meets its commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity.
  • Promoting the activities and services of EHSU, alongside your fellow officers and staff.

As well as the full time officers, there are part time officers. These are listed below;

So the SU have a lot of influence on the University! And are the main port of call for when you want your voice to be heard. So it’s fantastic that the elections are held and students get a say in who exactly will be representing them. One of the many great things about the Edge Hill Students’ Union!

Meet The New Edge Hill Student Union Representatives!

So last week we held our annual Student Union Elections, where a few new faces were voted into the SU Officers Team! The week was an exciting and intense one for many, filled with countless campaigning, manifesto making and sleepless nights putting up posters!

Today I thought I’d share with you the results, to introduce the people who will be representing you when you come to Edge Hill University in September 2015! I will include their manifestos to show you what you’ve got to look forward to in the new year and what they are aiming to do with their new roles!

Your President: Steven Rouke
Steven Rouke

Your VP Academic Representation : Rosie McKenna
Rosie McKenna

Your VP Activities : Pat Soan
Patrick Soan

Your VP Welfare : Lauren Blundell
Lauren Blundell