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 Sunday 23rd February, Midnight. 

Before this date, please complete the following:

  • Write a short manifesto explaining what you want to achieve in the role (your manifesto) (200 words max.)
  • Upload a photo to introduce yourself to your peers
  • Start to think about creating a poster or social media campaign that you will use to win the votes of your peers.

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 24th February.

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. 

Visit one of the following drop-in sessions to quiz us about all things elections - no commitment, just a chance to ask questions and figure out which role might be the best fit for you:

  • Chelsea - 10/02/2020  - 14.00-16.00 (MB_BG07)
  • LCF - 12/02/2020 - 11.30-13.00 (HH Blueprint Cafe)
  • LCC - 13/02/2020 - 12.00-1.30 (LCC Office)
  • Camberwell - 13/02/2020 - 14.00-16.00 (Camberwell Office)
  • ​​​​​​​Wimbledon - 17/02/2020 -  12.00-14.00 (Meeting Room 110)
  • CSM - 17/02/2020 -  15.00-17.00 (CSM Office)

All student can vote online, or at one of our dedicated Voting Stalls on the following dates:

  • Friday 28th Feb - Chelsea (Behind Barriers)
  • Saturday 29th Feb - Varsity Push
  • Monday 2nd March - Camberwell/Wimbledon (Canteen)
  • Tuesday 3rd March - CSM (The Street)
  • Wednesday 4th March - LCF (HH Blueprint, roving campuses)
  • Thursday 5th March - LCC (Library)

Results Night will take place on Thursday 5th March, 5.30-7.00pm at Darkroom Bar, LCC


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 UAL students
  • Curate campaigns, events and initiatives to develop a sense of community for the students you represent
  • Represent the student voice 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


  • 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