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Arts SU Elections are not an aside to your art and design, they are your art and design.

Arts Students' Union is an independant democratic organisation (charity) led by our 18,500 members through our elections and referendums. Every UAL student has the right to participate and vote in our elections to determine who represents them and what direction the organisation takes through the priorities of its elected leaders.

Your Sabbatical Officers take on a year-long paid role to represent your interests at senior level within UAL, lead Arts SU operationally as trustees and determine the direction of the organisation in its strategic delivery. This is an extremely important responsibility bestowed on those elected, therefore it is crucial that you use your voice to choose a student leader that represents you. 

Every UAL student can run for one of the representative positions, could that be you? 

Please log in to your Arts SU student account (top right) and click 'Stand in Election' below, in order to submit your application.
If you are struggling to submit your application to stand in the election, please email

Arts SU Leadership Elections 2021

Every year as a UAL student you get the opportunity to elect the leadership of your Students’ Union. These leaders are four full-time paid positions that represent you to senior staff at the University, campaign on issues affecting the student experience and lead the independent member-led organization that is Arts Students’ Union.

4 posts are up for election.

Nominations are now closed.

The polls open at 10:00 on Monday 8 March 2021 (in 2 days and 14 hours)

Post List
Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.
Candidate List
See who's running for each post and read their manifestos.

What roles are up for election in Leadership Elections 2021?

Full-Time (Paid) Sabbatical Officers Roles

Activities Officer | Campaigns Officer | Education Officer | Welfare Officer 

Full-time paid roles. Launch your career post-graduation or take a year away from your studies to work with us. You set the priorities and direction for Arts SU during your annual term, in order to change and influence UAL to provide the best possible experience for it’s students.

All four roles are full-time, paid positions for one academic year running from 1st July 2021 – 30th June 2022. The students elected will receive an annual salary of £25,884 to represent UAL students at senior levels of decision-making within the university and to campaign to make positive changes for our students. 

Click here to view the Candidate Resource Hub, including the Candidate Handbook. 

Key Dates (Spring 2021)

Nominations Open: Monday 1st February, 10am - Thursday 25th February, 4pm

Candidate Preparation Week: Monday 1st March - Friday 5th March

Voting Open: Monday 8th March, 10am - Tuesday 16th March, 2pm

Results Night: Tuesday 16th March, 6pm 

Recommend Someone to Run!

Know someone who would be a great fit for one of these roles? Been particularly impressed by a friend, coursemate or student? Nominations not open yet but want to register your interest? It's never too early - click here to recommend them now!


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