Lead the Change

Apply now to lead, represent and liberate UAL students:

It's as simple as logging in, selecting the post you are interested in and nominating yourself to stand.

Applications close Monday 4th November, Midnight. 

You will then have until Thursday 7th November, 5pm to complete the following:

  • Write a short manifesto explaining what you want to achieve in the role (your manifesto) (250 words max.)
  • Upload a photo to introduce yourself to your peers
  • Create a poster or artwork that you will use to promote your campaign  

Following your application, you will be invited to attend a Candidate Academy to learn about how the elections work and get tips and advice on effective campaigning. It is compulsory that you attend one of the three sessions, w/c 4th November.

You will then campaign to highlight why you are a great candidate and to win the votes of your peers. You are encouraged to get your friends involved to help you campaign and to be as creative as possible. 

Voting will happen online, with voting stalls on campus throughout the week.

Winners will be declared at the announcement party: Friday 22nd November 2019, 5.30-7.30pm.


Why should I nominate myself to become an Elected Officer? 

Arts SU Officers covers a range of roles here at UAL, some of which require a higher level of commitment than others. All Officers are elected into position by their peers in either the October or February elections. Available roles are listed online on the election page.

As an Officer, you will gain fantastic personal and professional skills, which will set you up for a career in the art, fashion and design sector.


  • Represent the voice of students in your college or liberation group
  • Curate campaigns, events and initiatives to develop a sense of community for the students you represent
  • Represent your peers at meetings with senior staff members, ensuring that student views are heard and ideas implemented
  • Lead the strategic and creative direction of Arts SU
  • Lobby the University and work alongside staff to make change on issues that our students care about
  • Get a vote at Student Council, where we debate student-led motions
  • Work with the Sabbatical Officers and other Part-time Officers to ensure your objectives are achieved and that you make a difference to your college/liberation group


  • Network with students and staff across UAL
  • Work with event coordinators and develop skills in event curation, campaign planning and social media
  • Create your own objectives and adapt the role to suit your professional development
  • Act as the voice of your peers, and increase accessibility and visibility for the students you represent
  • Fight for the movements, initiatives and facilities you want to see on campus
  • Develop a greater understanding of activism, student politics and the SU
  • Help shape the future and direction of UAL and Arts SU
  • Develop your communication, organisation and leadership skills
  • Access to staff training and support throughout your role

If you have any questions about the elections process, or are having trouble nominating yourself, please email: democracy@su.arts.ac.uk