Sabbatical Officer Elections

AUSA Student Elections Explained

AUSA is led by five elected student representatives, known as sabbatical officers

They are full-time, paid representatives of the student body, and are elected for the following academic year each spring. These officers work together as a team, each focusing on their individual remit to represent you and drive forward your interests. Sabbaticals will collaborate on issues aiming to make positive changes at University, local and national levels. You can contact your Sabbs via social media channels, send them an email or find out more about what they do and their roles.

Any student currently enrolled at the University of Aberdeen can nominate themselves to stand at the elections to become one of the next sabbatical officers.

As the role is a full-time, paid position, students take a sabbatical year from their studies in order to take up their post.

You can also stand for election in your last year of study and take up the role upon graduation.

A candidate's manifesto will determine the main ideas and issues they will focus on during their term.

 

Welfare Committee Election 2021/22

This committee exists to promote student welfare, advice and support services available, and to organise activities around and campaign for better welfare representation on campus.

3 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Monday 19 April 2021 (in 8 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Tuesday 27 April 2021 (in 15 days)

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Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

Communities Committee Election 2021/22

This committee exists to promote volunteering and community engagement amongst the student body and the wider community, including considering issues amongst the Old Aberdeen Community Council and the impact this may have on students on campus. The Committee is involved in promoting the relationship between AUSA and local schools – both Primary and Secondary – with the aim to widen access to education and encourage a close relationship between students and the young people of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

4 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Monday 19 April 2021 (in 8 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Tuesday 27 April 2021 (in 15 days)

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Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

Environment and Ethics Committee Election 2021/22

This committee exists to represent issues around Environment and Ethics at relevant platforms, both locally and nationally, as well as through AUSA’s democratic structures. Committee members raise awareness of issues around environmental and social/systematic justice, and campaign on these issues.

5 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Monday 19 April 2021 (in 8 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Tuesday 27 April 2021 (in 15 days)

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Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

Sports Union Committee Election 2021/22

The Sports Union Committee exists to: 1. Promote and support all areas of sport and physical activity. 2. Affiliation, re-affiliation, and disaffiliation of Sports Clubs. 3. Safeguard the welfare of members. 4. Support the Vice President for Sports in their role, gather student opinion on sports issues, and act as a liaison between students and Vice-President for Sports. 5. Support events such as the annual Sports Ball, to unite students and celebrate student sport. 6. Feed into the University’s Institutional Sports Strategy. 7. Represent interests of the Sports Union through relevant platforms, including Student Council.

11 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Monday 19 April 2021 (in 8 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Tuesday 27 April 2021 (in 15 days)

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Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

Societies Union Committee Election 2021/22

6 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Monday 19 April 2021 (in 8 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Tuesday 27 April 2021 (in 15 days)

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Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

Raising and Giving (RAG) Committee Election 2021/22

The RAG Committee exists to: 1. To support and encourage all Student-led charitable fundraising at the Students’ Association. 2. The Vice-Chair shall be responsible for liaising with other interest groups, increasing cross-collaboration and engagement. 3. To organise two ‘RAG Weeks’ over the course of the academic year. 4. To set up sub-committees tasked with organising, if decided by the committee to organise, events such as, but not limited to: a. Torcher Parade b. Fashion Show 5. To recognise and award all student-let charitable fundraising at the Students’ Association by hosting an annual Disbursement Ceremony. 6. To promote and run charitable events with the aim to fundraise for local charities based in Aberdeen and/or Aberdeenshire and/or national charities with a local department based in Aberdeen and/or Aberdeenshire. 7. To allow charities in Aberdeen and/or Aberdeenshire to apply for funding and the Committee votes on which charities to support based on projected fundraising. a. This should be carried out in line withthe ‘RAG Criteria and Guidance Notes’. b. AUSA Staff is required to be present for this. 8. To make sure the profit of all charitable activities will be going to support the charitable causes decided upon and advertised. 9. All budget-related decisions must be voted upon by the Committee with the relevant Sabbatical Officer and AUSA staff member present. 10. To arrange monthly meetings with the finance staff at the Students’ Association to make sure RAG is achieving its yearly objectives. 11. To work closely with AUSA staff. 12. To arrange meetings with representatives for other student-led charitable campaigns at AUSA. 13. To reach out for new partnerships amongst Student Groups, Societies, and Sport clubs. 14. To make sure all new partnerships are formed by signing the ‘RAG Partnership Agreement’ prior to organising a fundraiser.

4 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Monday 19 April 2021 (in 8 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Tuesday 27 April 2021 (in 15 days)

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Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

Undergraduate Education Committee Election 2021/22

This committee exists in order to ensure appropriate representation of students to the University on all matters related to academic affairs. Candidates for School Convener positions can only stand for representing the School they study within and can only be elected by students within the School they represent. All school conveners (excluding the Dentistry convener) and the Vice-Chair are members of the Senatus Academicus (University Senate), where they represent respective student views. Through the Vice-President for Education the Committee liaises with the Vice-Principal for Education, and appropriate Deans to ensure efficient dissemination of any academic changes are made and will have the opportunity to help develop and implement policies related to education. All school conveners ensure adequate representation of students in their school with regards to academic matters.

18 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Monday 19 April 2021 (in 8 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Tuesday 27 April 2021 (in 15 days)

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Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

Postgraduate Education Committee Election 2021/22

This committee exists to ensure appropriate representation of Postgraduate Taught and Research students to the University and relevant bodies within. Candidates for School Convener positions can only stand for representing the School they study within and can only be elected by students within the School they represent.

17 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Monday 19 April 2021 (in 8 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Tuesday 27 April 2021 (in 15 days)

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Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

Foresterhill Committee Election 2021/22

This committee exists to promote and improve the concerns, interests and activities of students studying at the Foresterhill campus.

5 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Monday 19 April 2021 (in 8 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Tuesday 27 April 2021 (in 15 days)

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Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

Qatar Committee Election 2021/22

This committee exists to promote, develop and support the concerns, interests and activities of students studying at the Qatar campus. The committee liaises with other Standing Committees primarily based in Aberdeen for joint projects and activities, such as but not limited to, the Societies Union Committee and the Sports Union Committee and campaigns on issues concerning students’ activities, accessibility to Education and Recreational facilities, and the Qatar Campus environment.

14 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Monday 19 April 2021 (in 8 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Tuesday 27 April 2021 (in 15 days)

Post List
Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

Student Council Chair Elections 2021/22

Cross-Campus ballot to elect the Chair and Vice-Chair of Student Council for 2021/22.

2 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Monday 19 April 2021 (in 8 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Tuesday 27 April 2021 (in 15 days)

Post List
Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

Interested in Standing?

Nominations are submitted online and can be submitted above. You will need to ensure you are logged in to our website in order to nominate yourself. You'll also need to design and submit a manifesto to make sure your fellow students know why you're standing and why they should vote for you. 

Need help? 

In the lead up to elections, we organise Manifesto Workshops and Building and Running a Campaign Workshops to help you with the process. You are also welcome to contact ausareps@abdn.ac.uk throughout the year, if you have questions about the election process or are considering running for a position. 

Election Rules

For information on election rules click here

If you have any questions about any of the roles or would like further information on what they involve, please email elections@abdn.ac.uk.