Nominations for uea(su) officer elections are now open and close tomorrow at midday. You might be considering standing for a position, but aren't sure if you should take the plunge. I recently wrote a blog about what the job of Undergraduate Education officer is like, but regardless of which role you're thinking about running for, there are a number of reasons why taking on any officer role at uea(su) will be a transformative experience.
Whether you decide to run for a full or part time position, you'll get to Lead Change as an officer. You will be at the forefront of decisions uea(su) makes and get to represent the views of students to the highest levels of University management. If you've ever thought 'I wish I could change something about UEA' - this is your chance to make that change and help improve the student experience for everyone. The officer positions are really suited to people passionate about UEA and committed to improving it, so if this sounds like you, it's definitely worth considering.
Being an officer will develop the skills that you have and give you the chance to gain new ones. You'll get to be part of a close-knit officer team, meet lots of new people, gain leadership experience and take on a range of challenges.
My colleague, Postgraduate Education Officer Maddie Colledge, told me why she ran to be an officer, 'I ran to be an Officer because I felt disempowered as a student, and it has been a lifechanging experience.' She added: 'I now believe that all of our students have the power to make change, work with the university to make Higher Education thrive, and create new opportunities for their peers.'
If you've never run a campaign before, it can seem like a daunting experience. This is why we've put together a whole section of the website dedicated to helping you get started. Here you can find previous manifestos, candidate training materials and information about budgets and election rules.
If you'd like more information about elections or have any questions, feel free to contact any of the officers or Josh Clare, Head of Campaigns and Policy on Josh.Clare@uea.ac.uk or 01603 592589
You can nominate yourself or a friend today at uea.su/ueavotes.