Student Elections 2018 - Frequently Asked Questions

Who are Sabbatical Officers?

Sabbatical Officers are full-time, paid elected representatives of all students and include the roles of the Student President, Education Officer, Communities Officer, Sports Officer and Welfare Officer. All of these positions are for the period of one year, from July 1 to June 30.

What do Sabbatical Officers do?

The Sabbatical Officers represent students and campaign for their rights and interests at the University of Aberdeen, locally and nationally, focussing on issues within their role’s designated area. The Officers also chair meetings and oversee the work of relevant standing committees within AUSA. The Sabbatical Officers will agree and work on team objectives for the academic year in addition to their election manifesto. All Sabbatical Officers are part of Executive Committee that coordinate and promote student representation, campaigning and democracy as well as oversee the implementation of policy. The Sabbatical Officers are also responsible for the AUSA’s relationship with the University, NUS, local community and other external organisations. The Officers also participate in the work of University bodies, sharing these responsibilities among themselves, and report regularly to relevant committees and the Student Council. The Council may pass policies that further directs the Sabbatical Officers’ work. All Sabbatical Officers must become members of the Student Associations’ Trustee Board.

Do Sabbatical Officers receive any training?

Immediately after their election, the successful candidates shall be invited to attend Student Council and the Committees of which they will be members when they assume office. The Officer-elects often receive a training for two weeks prior to their term of office.

How can I become a Sabbatical Officers?

Sabbatical Officers are elected through a cross-campus ballot. Candidates must submit their nomination for the position via an online form. Nominations are open from late January onwards for 10 days, and candidates have to submit a list of their supporters alongside the nomination form. Voting will take place in early March.

Am I eligible to become a Sabbatical Officer?

To become a Sabbatical Officer you must be a registered student at the time of elections. You also must be suitable to become a Trustee for the Students’ Association. In order to be qualified for a Trustee role, you must not be: Someone who is an undischarged bankrupt - Someone with an unspent offence involving deception or dishonesty - Someone who has been removed from trusteeship of a charity by the Court or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) for misconduct or mismanagement - Someone under a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986. Candidates should sign a declaration of their eligibility before the close of nominations.


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