This is a time when the student body comes together to select the leaders of the SU. Students have the power to select the best students, to ensure that their voices are heard and that their issues are represented at the highest levels of both the university and wider community.

It is a time when everyone can be a part of something big and really contribute to change.

To vote for some positions you will need to self define. To do this please click here

SU Leadership Race 2019

These are the candidates looking for your vote. Voting opens on February 14th at 9.00.

24 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 16:00 on Friday 25 January 2019 (in 7 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Thursday 14 February 2019 (in 3 weeks and 6 days)

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

How does it work?

There are several types of Roles available to run for. We have 7 Full time paid roles – these are known as sabbatical officers, as you will need to have either finished your studies or be prepared to take a break from them ( a sabbatical).

There are also Part Time Officer positions available – these are held on a voluntary basis and are unpaid.

You will need to run a campaign and convince Essex students that you are the best person for the role.

You will need to start thinking about what skills and experience you have that will help you smash the role, whichever role you want to run for.

In a bold move, The University of Essex Students’ Union does not ask for manifestos. This is because we ask our students what they want from us directly and if elected you will be responsible for delivering on the big 5 plan for the following year.



We run the Leadership race annually to ensure that all our students are represented at the highest levels of the university decision making structure, and deciding the direction of the Student's Union , as well as working with the surrounding community and compling with legal requirements


Any current university of Essex student can run for the full time positions, even if you are in your final year.

Part Time Officer roles are voluntary that run alongside your studies. These positions are only open to current students. Some part time officer positions will require you to self define before you can stand.

Student Parliament and Community roles and Union Chair are also volunteer roles, which can be done alongside your studies.


  1. Nominations Open
    14th Jan 2019
  1. Nominations Close
    25th Jan 2019
  2. Candidates Briefing
    4th Feb 2019

    During the week
  3. Campaigning Begins
    4th Feb 2019 - (Web & Social)
  4. Campaigning Begins
    7th & 8th Feb 2019 - Hustings
  5. Campaigning Begins
    11th Feb (Physical)
  6. Voting Opens
    14th feb '19
  7. Voting Closes
    15th feb '19
  8. Results
    15th Feb 2019

    Streamed live and held in SU bar

Full-Time Roles

Part-Time Roles




A day in the life

What's being an Officer like?