Why Should I Run?

Nominate yourself!

Are you proactive and passionate? Do you want to make positive change for the students of York and be the voice not the noise? Do you want to represent your peers, impact university life and be involved in decision-making? Have a look at our positions page and nominate yourself here!

Why should I nominate myself?

Nominating yourself to run for a student leader position means that you want to advocate for the interests and rights of your fellow students. You will learn loads running for election and meet lots of interesting people.

If elected, you’ll represent York students at a University level and there will be opportunities to get involved in policy work and student movements nationally. It’s a wonderful opportunity to develop transferable skills and work on projects in partnership with students and YUSU and University staff.

As an elected Officer or Rep you will take on a leadership role within a multi-million pound charity and shape the political and strategic direction of your Union. You will lead campaigns on the issues from your manifesto and make positive changes for and with students.

This is a particularly exciting time to be taking on a leadership role at YUSU. We are in the early stages of developing our strategic priorities for the next 5 years, and as an Officer or a Rep you will have the opportunity to feed in and shape the next YUSU strategy. We already know a key priority will be working with the University to widen participation in all the opportunities York has to offer and to build a more diverse and inclusive campus.

Being an Officer or Representative you will:

Take your ideas to the highest University boards with University managers
Full time and Part time Officers will be members of Officer Group, making important decisions for the union and setting campaign agendas
Develop a whole host of skills including leadership, budgeting and project management
Contribute to the planning of Freshers week and other YUSU led events
Be supported by Union staff and other students to deliver your ideas
Get to meet amazing student leaders from all over the country

Some actions Officers have taken in recent years:

Lobbied the University to employ a new Sexual Violence Liason Officer to support students
Secured funding for free dissertation printing and binding for final year students in 2018/19
Lobbied the University to divest from fossil fuels and launched YUSU’s declaration of a climate emergency
Supported the development of the Unions first working-class and social mobility part-time officer position
Secured Activities Access Grants totalling £5319
Created a family-friendly atmosphere at Roses 2019 raising over £2000 for charity and having a record number of members of the community attend
Secured rent reduction for over 350 rooms on campus to under £99 a week

What's it like to be an Officer or Rep?

Wondering if you’ve got what it takes to be a change maker at York? Click on one of the interviews below to learn about the journey from a Full-Time Officer and Part-Time Officer!

Thinking of it but not sure?

Don’t forget, you can start your nomination, save and come back to it. So you don’t need to have fully decided to run to begin the nomination process. If you have questions you can’t find the answers to on the website or would like more information please email [email protected].

Know someone who'd be great?

So you might not think that you’re officer material, but you might know someone who is; someone who wants to make a difference to the university experience and represent their peers. All you have to do is fill out this form. We will contact them and find out if they’re interested!