What Are the Arts SU Elections?

Find out all about our Elections - standing closes 12pm, 21st February!

Hi! We're Arts Students' Union (Arts SU). We're an independent, democratic organisation and registered charity, led by students who are elected by our 22,000 members. If you're a student at University of the Arts London (UAL), you're automatically a member of Arts SU!


So, what are Elections?

Every year, we run Elections, where our members can stand to be, and vote for, elected student leaders. Some of these roles are voluntary, and some paid. These representatives are your voice and act on your behalf at Arts SU, UAL, and the wider community, fighting for you on an institutional, local, and national level. It's so important to take part and vote in these Elections, so that the students who are elected represent YOUR views!


In the Arts SU Elections, our members can elect six FULL-TIME OFFICERS and 24 SCHOOL REPS. Full-time Officers are paid roles (£29,000 per year), which you can do after, or by taking a year out from, your studies. Taking a year out is called a Sabbatical, which is why we call full-time Officers 'Sabbatical Officers'. The Officers steer the direction of Arts SU and represent all UAL students at University, College, national, and even international level. Want to find out more about what this year's Officers have been doing? Right this way.


School Reps are voluntary positions that take a few hours a week, and represent student views to UAL and Colleges at a School level. These roles are all about improving the student experience in specific study-related areas. Learn more about School Reps.


We're also electing a delegate to attend the National Union of Students (NUS) Liberation Conference in March 2023 to represent LGBTQ+ students at UAL. Find out more.


How can I find out more?

We're running information sessions throughout January and February (starting on 19th January at noon), offering you a space to come along and learn about the Arts SU Elections and ask any questions you might have. No question is too big or too small - head this way to find all the dates!


Sounds good - I want to stand!

Amazing! Stand here - you have until 21st February at 12pm to do so.


I don't want to stand.

The roles we're electing aren't for everyone, and that's okay. But we bet you know someone who'd do a great job as an Officer or School Rep! That's why we still want to hear from you. Suggest someone who you think should stand (anonymously or not) by 16th February and we'll handle the rest!


What about voting?

Stay tuned for more official info as we get it, but the polls open at 10am on 6th March! Your voice counts more than ever.


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