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Sabbatical Elections 2018 Candidate guide

www.ausa.org.uk/elections elections@abdn.ac.uk


Nominations Open: Monday 19th Feb - Friday 2nd March Voting Open: Monday 19th - Thursday 22nd March Results Announced: Friday 23rd March www.ausa.org.uk

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What are the Roles?

what are the roles? AUSA is led by five elected students, known as sabbatical officers. These officers are full-time, paid representatives of the Student Body. These officers work together as a team, each focussing on their individual remit. A candidate's manifesto will determine the way in which they work whilst in office. Whilst in office, Sabbaticals will collaborate on issues aiming to make positive change at University, local and national level. As the role is a full-time, paid position, students take a sabbatical year from their study in order to take up their post. You can also stand for election in your last year of study and take up the role upon graduation.

Student President Education officer communitties officer sports officer welfare officer

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StudentPresident President Student The Student President often sits on the more senior level of University Committees, such as Court. Their job is to ensure that the views of students are made clear in the most important University decisions. The Student President also oversees communication between AUSA and its members. The Student President offers support for Liberation Forums and Sections, along with support to the Foresterhill Committee. The Student President oversees the implementation and upholding of AUSA’s policy and encourages measures that support the diversity of the student community. The Student President promotes the democratic structure of AUSA. The Student President is expected to lead campaigns on student issues, delivering positive change at the University, locally and nationally. The Student President serves as a delegate to the Annual Conference of the National Union of Students (NUS) and contributes to the AUSA activities within the organisation.

education officer The Education Officer represents students on educational and teaching quality issues in the University, locally and nationally, reporting regularly to relevant AUSA committees. This Officer also leads the Association's work on issues of national higher education policy in consultation with the other Officers and students. The Education Officer oversees the recruitment, training and work of Class Representatives in collaboration with the Student Representative Department. The Officer offers support and guidance to School Reps and Postgraduate Reps. This role requires the candidate to chair the Education Committee and liaise with the Postgraduate Students’ Forum. The Education Officer supports individual students on academic issues that have wider policy implications in consultation with the Student Advice Centre and coordinates campaigns on issues of educational and teaching quality.

communitties officer The Communities Officer’s work remit includes overseeing activities and representation on issues of sustainability, environment and ethics, the local and student community, transport and accommodation within the University and the city. The Communities Officer collaborates with AUSA Advice to raise awareness of issues surrounding the University and private sector accommodation. The Communities Officer liaises with local community groups and campaigns on issues affecting students in the local area. The Communities Officer chairs Communities as well as Environment and Ethics Committee. The Officer will provide support to, facilitate and co-ordinate student activist and change groups where appropriate, and build links between these groups and local community activities and campaigns.

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What are the Roles?

sports sportsofficer officer The Sports Officer encourages students to be come involved in recreational, intra-mural, and performance sport along with fitness and well being programmes. The Officer also represents views and interests of students on sporting matters to the University, locally and nationally. The Sports Officer organises an event during the Freshers’ Week to promote all areas of the Sports Union within the University to all students and ensures that all participants in the Sports Union are equally considered in al locating resources and facilities. This Officer attends the meetings of Aberdeen Sports Village monitoring group as well as represents Sports Clubs within British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and Scottish Student Sport (SSS). The Sports Officer organises meetings with representatives of all recognised Sports Clubs. The Officer promotes sport also within the local community. The Sports Officer organises and promotes Granite City Challenge together with the Robert Gordon University (RGU). Jointly with the Welfare Officer, the Sports Officer organises and promotes the Healthy Body and Healthy Mind initiative.

welfare welfareofficer officer The Welfare Officer represents student views and interests relating to welfare matters at the University, locally and nationally. The Officer is responsible for over seeing activities inrelation to student funding, hardship and employment issues as well as AUSA welfare services at AUSA Advice. The Officer supports, coordinates and organises relevant campaigns and activities on welfare issues, including mental health, sexual health, personal safety, and safety in home, with relevant committees. The Officer also leads the Welfare Committee and liaises with local community groups. The Officer also works together with the Sports Officer to promote the Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Initiative and engages with the issues of student groups, such as LGBTQ+ and disabled students.

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The Trustee Board

the trustee board All Sabbatical Officers are also members of AUSA’s Trustee Board. As a registered charity, AUSA is governed by a board of trustees, who are legally and financially responsible for the running of the organisation. The Board are not typically involved in the day-to-day running of AUSA but take a more strategic overview to ensure that AUSA is run effectively and for the benefit of students at the University of Aberdeen.

To be qualified for a Trustee Role, you must not be: 1. Someone who is an undischarged bankrupt 2. Someone with an unspent offence involving deception or dishonesty 3. 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. 4. Someone under a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986. * You will be required to sign a candidate deceleration stating that you meet this criteria in order to stand.

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Why should you do it?

why should you do it? As a Sabbatical Officer you'll get the opportunity to... Make Aberdeen a better place for your fellow students As a full-time officer, you will lobby the University to improve the experience it provides for students. Effect change at University, local and national levels You will be at the forefront of a nationally recognised organisation that campaigns on issues important to students. Actively engage with campus-life, speaking with students to better represent them Work closely with students to ensure that what you are doing represents their interests. Lead a vibrant charity with over ÂŁ1m turnover As a full-time officer you will gain skills and experience in leading a campaigning charity.

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What support is available?

what support is available? You don’t need to be a seasoned campaigner, elections guru, or ever have been involved with AUSA before to nominate yourself in the Leadership Elections. We will be providing extensive training and support for all Leadership Election candidates throughout the elections process. Here’s a little run down of what you can expect. We have a whole staff team here to support you and they can help you campaign, work on projects and fulfil events.

Student Elections: An Introduction to Student Representation 6th February, 5.30-7pm, AUSA Student Union, Room 101 8th February, 1-2pm, Suttie Centre, Room 210 8th February, 5-6.30pm, AUSA Hillhead These sessions will give you a chance to learn about AUSA and the roles and responsibilities of student officers. Whether you’ve been heavily involved in AUSA or not at all, this is a great opportunity to learn about all aspects of the Students’ Association’s work and how you can influence its running as an officer.

Manifesto Workshop 20th February, 5-6pm, AUSA Student Union, Room 101 AUSA’s manifesto workshop will give you hints on tips on how to build your manifesto, refine your ideas, and get across your key pledges.

Design with Rachel 21st February, 2-3pm, AUSA Student Union, Room 101 Meet with AUSA Graphic Designer, Rachel McCann, to learn how to design manifestos, posters, and flyers, that will attract attention on campus for your campaign.

Building and Running a Campaign 27th February, 4-5pm, AUSA Student Union, Room 101 Want to know how to run a great campaign? Need clarity on the rules and regulations? Come along to the Building and Running a Campaign session to find out how to run an effective and engaging campaign to win votes in your election!

Empowering Women and Non-Binary Campaigners 1st March, 4-5pm, TBC This session is open to all women and non-binary students to come together and discuss the elections process and to help increase engagement and confidence of women and non-binary campaigners.

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Timeline

Elections Timeline Date Action 05-Feb-17 06-Feb-17 Student Elections: An Introduction to Student Representation (Old Aberdeen Campus) 07-Feb-17 08-Feb-17 Student Elections: An Introduction to Student Representation (Foresterhill Campus & Hillhead) 09-Feb-17 10-Feb-17 11-Feb-17 12-Feb-17 13-Feb-17 14-Feb-17 15-Feb-17 16-Feb-17 17-Feb-17 18-Feb-17 19-Feb-17 Nominations open 9am 20-Feb-17 Manifesto Workshop 21-Feb-17 Design with Rachel 22-Feb-17 23-Feb-17 24-Feb-17 25-Feb-17 26-Feb-17 27-Feb-17 Building and Running a Campaign 28-Feb-17 01-Mar-17 Empowering Women & Non-binary Campaigners 02-Mar-17 Nominations close 4pm / Candidate briefing / Manifesto draft required for leadership election candidates 03-Mar-17 04-Mar-17 05-Mar-17 Nominations announced / social media campaigning begins / manifesto deadline 06-Mar-17 07-Mar-17 08-Mar-17 AUSA Candidate Hustings (5:30pm) 09-Mar-17 10-Mar-17 11-Mar-17 12-Mar-17 13-Mar-17 14-Mar-17 15-Mar-17 16-Mar-17 17-Mar-17 18-Mar-17 19-Mar-17 Polls open 9am / Physical campaigning begins 20-Mar-17 21-Mar-17 22-Mar-17 Polls close 5pm 23-Mar-17 Results announced

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What to expect

What to expect June – Trustee Board As Incoming trustees, you will be invited to observe the last board meeting of the academic year before you take post. It will be an opportunity to see how board meetings operate and what type of things are discussed before you take on your duties as a trustee.

June – Handover This is a chance to shadow the person who currently holds the post and receive any information which they have to handover. It is also your chance for you to get to know your way around the office and meet key members of staff who will work with you and support your work before taking up post.

July – Induction week During your first two weeks you will be provided with a range of training to introduce you to AUSA and your new role as a Sabbatical Officer. This training will include finance, constitution/byelaws, media training and a range of other topics. You will continue to receive training in the first few weeks and over the summer as you adjust to your new role.

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Salary, Expenses & Adjustments

Salary, expenses & adjustments Full-time officers are elected to lead AUSA for a year and as such are paid a salary once taking office. The salary for 2017/18 is approximately £18,478.89. Full-time officers will also be able to claim reasonable expenses incurred fulfilling their role in accordance with AUSA’s expenses policy. This includes things such as travel somewhere to undertake work, or being required to stay overnight somewhere and needing to buy dinner. Our aim is to make the role accessible to all students so that there are no financial barriers in place to being a full-time officer. As an elected leader of AUSA, the organisation will endeavour to make your working environment as suited to you as possible. Upon taking office we will discuss this with you, but if there’s anything you wish to ask or talk about in advance of nominating yourself to satisfy your ability to carry out the role, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Getting in touch We hope you've been able to find out all you need to know regarding the elections. This booklet is your one-stop guide to nominating yourself, running in elections, and the support available to you as a candidate. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss the roles available, or need further information.

Got a question? elections@abdn.ac.uk 01224 272968 Facebook: @abdnunisa Twitter: @ausatweet Instagram: @aberdeenunisa

Pop in and see us at: AUSA Students’ Union Elphinstone Road AB24 3TU

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