Strath Elections! Why should you get involved?

Strathclyde’s Student Union is one of the biggest in Scotland representing over 23,000 students. The Union is the voice of the students within the university and the wider community. They provide resources, support and opportunities which touch every aspect of student life. From social life to educational policy, the Union helps with it all.

The Union can only run with the help of Strathclyde students. Every year, there is an Election to fill 13 positions which are vital in running the Union in the coming year. The 13 positions include paid, full-time Executive roles such as Union President and voluntary, part-time Non-Executive roles such as the International Students Rep. Every role is essential in representing student’s voices and views as well as working to enact changes that improve life at Strathclyde.

Every registered Strathclyde student is eligible to take part in the Elections both as a candidate and a voter. To run for a position, you must nominate yourself by filling out a form and submitting your manifesto. More details about how to nominate yourself can be found here.

Nominations open Tuesday 26th January 2021 and close at Tuesday 16th February 2021.

After all of the nominations are in, it’s time for the campaigning to begin with students being able to cast their votes from 2nd March to 5th March.

Student beside the voting booth

It might seem that the elections and the Union don’t impact your day to day life at university, but they do. Have you ever noticed that classes or lectures are never held on a Wednesday afternoon? It’s not by accident. Thanks to the campaign headed by previous VP Sport Maddy Watson and the former Union President Matt Crilly, no classes will be scheduled during a Wednesday afternoon to allow students to take part in extracurricular activities. For any student in the Humanities department the change to the zero-mark policy was and remains vital. Before the Union began to campaign for a change in the department’s policy, any assignment handed in late would be automatically graded as zero regardless of the circumstances which caused the late submission. And there is no better example to prove that the Executives and the Union work to improve life for every Strathclyde student more than the abolishment of graduation fees in 2019. By convincing the University to get rid of the fees, the Union has helped to ensure that graduations remain accessible to all students and won’t be a source of financial strain.

Matt (Ex-President) and Maddy (ex-VP Sport) secure Wednesday afternoons off

Matt (Ex-President) and Maddy (ex-VP Sport) secure Wednesday afternoons off

During the very strange year that was 2020 and now in the beginning of 2021, there has been a variety of support available to students provided by the Union. From helping with the development of a ‘No-Detriment’ policy to assisting with accommodation issues as well as the Advice Hub offering additional funding to the University’s Discretionary Fund, the Union and its elected student representatives have worked constantly to ensure that students still have the best possible experience at Strathclyde.

These student executives and the amazing changes they have introduced would not have been possible without the Elections.  The Elections offer students a chance to use their voice and make their mark on Strathclyde. Whether you decide to run for a position or remember to vote for your favourite candidate, make sure to be a part of it!

Written by Student Journalist Erin Kelly
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