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Students' Union

There is so much more to being a college student than just gaining a qualification! The Students’ Union works throughout the year to create brilliant opportunities; allowing you to get the most out of your time with us.

*** THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS OVER. SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE NOTIFIED SHORTLY ***

We're recruiting!

Do you want to make a difference to your campus?

Then here’s your chance to apply for the role of Students’ Union Site President!

We’ve extended the deadline for applications to 4pm on Friday 1 October 2021 – so there’s still time to get involved!

We are seeking to appoint a Site President at each of our four campuses – Derby Road, Chesterfield Road (Mansfield and Ashfield Sixth-Form College), Station Park (Construction Centre), and Oddicroft Lane (Engineering Centre) – for the 2021/22 academic year.

It’s a voluntary role, with plenty of support given. You will have an instrumental voice in events and activities at your site, work with senior managers to improve things for students, and ensure the issues that matter most to students are dealt with.

It will also look great on your CV and university or job applications!

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    Meet Molly

    Students’ Union Site President for Derby Road 2020/21

    “This role was a great experience as you get to bring all your ideas to life and develop so many skills.”

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    Meet William

    Students’ Union Site President for Station Park 2020/21

    “I really enjoyed improving the college resources and putting my stamp on things — it’s something to look back on and be proud of.”

Opportunities

  • Be a figurehead for the student body at your site.
  • Plan events, fundraising activities and charity drives.
  • Improve the student experience.
  • Work with college leaders and governors to put students’ priorities into action.

What’s in it for you?

  • Gain valuable skills for your future.
  • Enhance your CV and university/job applications.
  • Ensure that the issues that matter most to students are dealt with.
  • Build your confidence and communication skills.

Main responsibilities:

  • Create an action plan of what you want to accomplish as the Students’ Union Site President, including how this will be done and why you feel it would benefit the college.
  • Work with the Students’ Union Executive Committee to develop a rolling programme of events, activities and campaigns, and promote these to students at your campus.
  • Attend monthly meetings with the SU Executive Committee, and regular meetings with the college’s executive team and governors to discuss your plans, implement your ideas and feed back on progress.
  • Attend regular meetings with the student enrichment and engagement co-ordinators, who will support you to achieve your objectives.
  • Get involved in college open events and speak to prospective students.
  • Actively encourage students to join in with volunteering and extra-curricular activities.
  • Pass on student feedback and ideas to the relevant members of staff effectively.

Interested? Here’s how to get started!

Create a manifesto

A manifesto is a statement where you share your intentions as a Site President.

Outline what you would do for students if you were elected into the role.

Submit your nomination form

This is available to download by clicking here or you can pick up a paper version available from college receptions, learning resource centres (where applicable) and the student enrichment and engagement office at Derby Road (next to the Courtyard Café)

Along with your manifesto, you must submit the nomination form to us by the deadline of 4pm on Friday 1 October 2021.

Campaigning and voting

If you have been shortlisted, get your message out there!

Come along to our 'meet the candidates' event and talk to your fellow students about why you would be an effective Site President, and why they should vote for you.

Candidates elected!

If you have been elected as Site President then you will commence your new role!

Runners-up (those securing the se­cond-highest number of votes) shall be offered the role of Vice-President at their site.


Documents you will need

* Nomination forms are also available from college receptions, learning resource centres (where applicable) and the student enrichment and engagement office at Derby Road (next to the Courtyard Café).


Election process – key dates:

  • Monday 6 September – Friday 1 October 2021: Promotion of SU vacancies and nomination period

    An opportunity for students to apply for the position of Students’ Union Site President for their campus by submitting their nomination form and accompanying manifesto (including a high-resolution photograph of yourself) by 4pm on Friday 1 October 2021.

  • Monday 4 October – Friday 8 October: Shortlisting

    The communications manager (acting as the returning officer for the elections), supported by the student enrichment and engagement co-ordinators, will check through your nomination form and manifesto, and contact your tutor(s) to assess your suitability for the role.

  • Monday 11 October - Friday 15 October 2021: Promotion week

    The returning officer, supported by the student enrichment and engagement co-ordinators, will notify students whether they have made it through to campaigning and voting week. Successful candidates will be supplied with a quantity of A5-sized versions of their manifesto to use throughout campaigning and voting week to encourage fellow students to vote for them. The voting arrangements will also be publicised to all students.

  • Monday 18 October - Friday 22 October 2021: Campaigning and voting week

    Students will have the opportunity to read the manifestos of each candidate and cast their vote to help decide who will be the next Students’ Union Site President for their campus. Students will be able to vote for their preferred candidate via ballot boxes located at each campus. Voting will open at 8.30am on Monday 18 October and close at 4pm on Friday 22 October 2021.

    Candidates will be invited to attend a ‘meet the candidates’ event hosted at each campus, allowing those standing for election to speak to students about their manifesto pledges and encourage them to vote for them.

    The returning officer, supported by the student enrichment and engagement co-ordinators, will collect all ballot boxes upon the close of voting and store these in a secure location.

  • Week commencing Monday 25 October 2021: Candidates are elected!

    The returning officer, supported by the student enrichment and engagement co-ordinators, will count and verify each vote and the candidates will be notified of the results during this week. The elected candidates will then commence their new role! Runners-up (those securing the second-highest number of votes) shall be offered the role of Vice-President at their site.

    The successful candidates will make up the Students’ Union Executive Committee for 2021/22. The student enrichment and engagement co-ordinators will be in touch to discuss the next steps so that the SU can get to know each other and get started!


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