UPSU Student Elections 2017 – Voting now open

elections-2017-meta-imageWalking around campus, you might have noticed several posters, banners or candidates, all mentioning the Student Elections. Each year, these elections seek out the next Union Leaders.

To find out more about the students running in the spring Student Elections, visit

What is a Students’ Union and what are the Student Elections?

The Students’ Union exists to represent the views and interests of 25,000+ students at the University of Portsmouth. The student leaders of the Union are elected through our elections process each year. They are Sabbatical Officers and Student Officers who each oversee a different aspect of student life – they run campaigns to raise awareness of issues affecting students and help to make improvements at the University to the benefit of students.

15 roles available – 36 candidates nominated

Nominations for the Student Elections have now closed. Candidates campaigning to be your future Union Leaders have been announced, and they need your vote! There are 15 positions to vote in, including five Sabbatical Officer roles and ten Student Officer roles.

The Students’ Union is a charitable organisation that represents you. Therefore, without your input, we wouldn’t be an accurate representation of our members. Voting in the Student Elections gives you the chance to exercise your democratic right to vote for the candidate who you think will improve the University experience the most.

You can read up on all the candidates at with published manifestos detailing goals they would like to achieve if elected into their chosen role. You can vote online or at polling stations across campus from Monday 6 March, 10am until Thursday 9 March 2017, 6pm.

Benefits of voting

When you vote at an on-campus ballot station, you will receive a café voucher worth £2.00 which can be spent at any University catering outlet. If you vote at the Union between 10am and 11am, you can also claim a free breakfast roll.

When you’ve voted, you’ll also be given a Union wristband. Wear your wristband during voting week and get these amazing benefits each day:

  • 15 per cent off purchases in the Union Shop (excluding stationery)
  • free hot drink upgrades at any University catering outlet (regular to large or tall to grande only).
  • flash your wristband to candidates and polling station staff to show you’ve voted

To find out more about elections, the candidates or further details on voting and benefits, please go to

Voting closes at 6pm on Thursday 9 March 2017.

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