Nominations are closed for the 2024 Student Elections

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The nominations period for the Student Elections 2024 is now closed!

You will no longer be able to put yourself forward for a Sabbatical Officer position for 2024. If you missed this Student Elections but are interested in running in future elections, you will be able to in February 2025 if you are still a current student at the University of Plymouth.

Thank you to everyone who either suggested a student for a Sabbatical Officer role or nominated themselves! 

You can find out more about the Student Elections, including what it means to be a Sabbatical Officer and what each role is, on the Student Elections webpage.



So, what happens now? 

Between now and the 4th of March, those who have nominated themselves in the Student Elections will be working with our Student Voice team to get prepared for when the voting period opens. This will include putting together their manifesto, submitting their official candidate photo, and planning their campaign strategy. 


Voting opens on the 4th of March 2024. 

Polling will open at midday on Monday 4th of March. Over the course of the week candidates will speak to students, share their campaign, and set out why students should vote for them to represent their voice. 

During the week you can place your vote for who you most want to become your SU President, VP Education, VP Activities, and VP Wellbeing and Diversity. 

There are many reasons why you should take part in the Student Election and place your vote, even if you don’t know someone who is running as a candidate. 

The four students who are elected will have a direct say in how the Students’ Union is run and the strategic direction of the SU by speaking on your behalf at high-level meetings and working alongside SU staff, the University of Plymouth, and external organisations. Essentially, those who are elected represent the voices of the entire student community and will work to improve the student experience. This is why it is so important you have your say on who you want this to be and you cast your vote carefully. 

Voting will close on the 8th of March.



How does voting work? 

From the 4th of March at midday, you will be able to go to the Student Elections webpage and cast your vote. 

You will be able to vote in your order of preference. For example, if there are five candidates for the role of President, you will be able to put them in running order of preference from 1-5. You do not, however, have to place all the candidates in an order; if there is only one candidate you want to vote for, you can just cast a vote for that individual only and not rank the other candidates. 

You are able to cast your vote in each of the four roles or you can just vote in one role. We do, however, highly encourage all students to cast their vote within each of the four Sabbatical Officer roles to ensure you have a say on the entire newly elected Sabbatical Officer team.

If you do not want to vote for any candidate in a particular category, you can vote for R.O.N which is a vote to re-open nominations. 

Once you place your vote, you cannot change your mind. 

Voting in anonymous: no one can see who you have voted for, and this information will never be released. 



When are the new Sabbatical Officers announced? 

Our new Sabbatical Officer team will be announced during the Results Night on the 8th of March in the SU. All students are welcome to come to the results night and see who you have elected to be the four Sabbatical Officers of 2024/25. More information on the Results Night will be released soon.


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