YSJSU is a democratic organisation that functions to provide the best experience for its members. What does this mean? Well, simply put, we work for you and build all that we do around suggestions from our members (another term for you the student).
What you may not know is that as a student of YSJU you are automatically a member of the Students’ Union, no hassle, no fee.
If you want to know exactly how we work and what we are about then you are in the right place. Have a peek at the tabs to continue exploring all the YSJSU does and what we have to offer.
There are five additional Part-time positions available to stand for in the annual election. These are for LGBTQ+, International, Postgraduate & Mature, BAME and Disabled Officers. These students work closely with the President of Wellbeing and Diversity to ensure that the diverse voice of YSJU is heard. Similar to the Chairs of School these roles are voluntary and run from the first week of July to the end of June in the following year.
Disclaimer: For 2018-19 we will hold an election in October to keep in line with the first ever election of this kind in 2017 and therefore make sure you all have a voice that represents you. We will then, from 2019 hold these elections as part of the annual cycle in February.
Your Chairs of School
The Chairs of School are current students who are elected alongside the Presidents on an annual basis. These students are there to represent you and your subject area to the highest levels in your school. They work closely with the President of Education and the Academic Representatives to make sure your voice is heard, and that your ideas are worked on to make sure the academic aspect of the student experience is the best it can be.
Check out your Chairs of Schools here
Like we mentioned earlier, the SU is a democratic organisation. That doesn’t just come down to looking for your suggestions in what we do, but you also decide how we run.
Each year in February we run an election to let you determine who will be the next team of Presidents, Chairs of School and Part-time Officers.
Can I run?
Any student can run in the election, whether undergraduate or Postgraduate, in your first year or your last. There are some things to pay attention to though;
Also known as ‘Full-time Officers’ are, you guessed it, full-time workers – clocking over 35hrs a week with an annual salary. They work hard around the clock to make sure you are represented at all levels of the university, whilst ensuring that what they do is still fun and engaging. If you want to be a President, like really, really, want to be one and you can’t wait until your final year you can run but must be willing to take a year out.
Please find Information Packs on each role below:President of Education
President of Wellbeing & Diversity
President of Students' Union
Chairs of School & Part-time Officers
These roles are voluntary with no set amount of work hours. All we ask is that you a flexible and passionate about representing students. You can easily run this role alongside your studies and will reap in the benefits such as automatic HEAR accreditation, free uniform and building your employability profile by becoming an instant leader.
The NUS Delegate is an elected representative who will attend the NUS National Conference which is a large scale forum held annually to discuss and debate policies which will affect unions, universities and communities across the UK. The elected delegate will attend the conference with one of the Presidents who will be elected by the Student Council. At the conference you will be asked to vote on policies and will be given the opportunity to speak for or against the policies on a public platform. You will vote in the interests of students at York St John presenting your decisions and reasoning to the Student Council following the conference.
How do I run?
To run is simple. We traditionally open nominations just before Christmas and close them in early February (this is subject to minor changes). All you do is head here - sign in using your e-mail (the one which ends @yorksj.ac.uk) and your network password (the one for Moodle). Make sure you have a square photo of yourself, a catchy slogan, and your manifesto (a maximum of 5 bullet points). Jot it all down and you are done.
How do we vote?
We use what is called STV (Single Transferrable Vote) meaning the votes you cast are done in your order of who you prefer to be elected. We also give you the option of RON (Re-Open Nominations) who you can vote for if you don’t believe anyone is suitable.
Rather than talk you through the nitty gritty, check out this short video which explains the process
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