The Guild has announced that the process to find candidates for the 2018/19 Student Officer elections has begun, with a new look to the way the elections will be advertised to students. The “Lead Your Guild” campaign sees a move away from the simple brand of SO Elections, and it is unclear at the current time why this change has been made. Students will have from the 14th December 2017 until the 29th January 2018 to submit their interest as a candidate, or alternatively recommend another person for the job.

With 3 of the current 4 Officers serving their second term this year, there will be at least 3 new people in the 4 person leadership team next year. Rory Hughes has said that he intends to run in the elections in March, so there will be one incumbent on offer this year. He said that “I am excited to run for another year in office making sure the Guild is actively campaigning at the grassroots to affect change for students.”

The Student Officer role is an attractive one for any student: you can either stand for election once your studies are over, or take a year out of study to do the job. The job also pays £19,305 a year and has many varied responsibilities, from running campaigns to attending University Committee meetings. A full list of responsibilities can be found on the Guild’s document provided. The Guild provides the candidates with campaign training sessions, regular briefings and meet and greets with people relevant to them.

The Sphinx will be providing full coverage of the elections throughout the rest of the year, right through to results night in March.

You can register your interest to stand on the Guild’s website here.