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sophie atherton

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nominate yourself for the upcoming elections

Within uea(su) there are many elected positions outside of the five main full-time officer roles. Standing for one of these roles is a great way to get involved in your Students’ Union, get a taste of how decisions are made and Lead Change at UEA. 

Nominations are now open for several positions on the liberation groups, subcommittees and oversight boards which make up the governance structure of uea(su). We’re also looking for NUS delegates who will represent UEA at the NUS conference in Glasgow 2019.  

Nominations for Course Representatives are also now open. Course Reps are students who are elected to represent the views of their course-mates to the University and the SU. They gather feedback from those on their course to find out if there have been any issues or problems, as well as if there are any aspects they’d like to see more of. This feedback is then raised to the University through Student Staff Liaison Committees (SSLCs), with reps trying to provide a solution to the issues that students would like to see. 

Apart from enabling you to make change and have your voice heard, being elected to a position in uea(su) is also a great thing for your CV and counts towards the UEA Award. You'll be able to show employers you have demonstrable skills which can be taken into professional situations: such as time management, communication, confidence and negotiating/problem solving skills. 

If you’re not sure how uea(su) works and how everything fits together, head here: https://www.uea.su/union/governance/ for a handy diagram. If you are elected, you’ll be supported in your role by uea(su) staff and other student leaders, so if you’re new to UEA or you’ve not been involved in uea(su) activity before, you’ll quickly pick it up. 

To see the full list of roles and how to nominate yourself head to our website:  : https://www.uea.su/elections/  

If you have any questions or aren’t sure about standing, feel free to get in contact with any questions at s.atherton@uea.ac.uk or pop into the Union House office for a chat

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