Students' Union Elections 2023 - The Leadership Race!

 

TU Dublin Students’ Union is the representative organisation for all TU Dublin students, it is led by students for students and advocates on behalf of the student body to advance and defend their rights within the university and at national level. 

The Leadership of the Union is made up of 8 Full-time and 10 Part-time Officers. The recent Referendum to the Students’ Union Constitution approved the following Officer structure for next academic year: 

 

Full-Time Officers 

 

Part-Time Officers 

 

All TU Dublin Students will be able to vote for the team that will lead the Union in 2023/24 in Elections that take place for 3 days from March 28th.  

 

Full-time and the Postgraduate Officer positions 

The term of Office for the Full-time Officers runs from July 1st, 2023, to June 30th, 2024, and are paid positions. For the Full-Time Officer positions, candidates can either take a gap year in their studies or have completed their programme. 

These positions are open to all registered TU Dublin students to consider, with some specific restrictions as follows:  

1. The Postgraduate Officer is a Part-Time position and candidates must be current students registered on a taught Postgraduate programme or as a Research student in TU Dublin.  

2. For the Campus Vice President (VP) positions, candidates must be registered on a Programme that is primarily based on the specific campus where they are running for election – e.g., in Blanchardstown for the Blanchardstown Campus VP position, in Aungier St, BIMM, Bolton St or Grangegorman Campus for the City Campus VP position, and in Tallaght for the Tallaght Campus VP position.  

 

The Full-Time Officer roles according to the new TU Dublin SU Constitution are as follows:

  1. President
  2. Vice President for Academic Affairs
  3. Vice President for Welfare and Equality
  4. Vice President for Events and Engagement
  5. Vice President for Communications and Media
  6. Campus Vice President for Blanchardstown
  7. Campus Vice President for City
  8. Campus Vice President for Tallaght

 

Interested in running for election as Full-Time or Postgraduate Officer? Here’s what you need to do!  

  1. Decide what position you are interested in: Remember, you can only be nominated for one position;  
  2. Write your Manifesto: this is the document that tells students what you hope to achieve if elected, outlines your experience, skills, passion, why you are the right person to lead the Union etc  
  3. Find your Campaign Manager: this is the student who will help you to organise and run your Election Campaign and must be a currently registered TU Dublin student. 
  4. Get the required number of TU Dublin students needed to formally ‘nominate’ you. Candidates for all positions must get nominated by current students, these are called ‘Proposers’, and are students who support you running as a candidate. Proposers must be registered TU Dublin students. For Full-Time positions you need 75 ‘Proposers’ and for Postgraduate Officer it is 25. 
  5. Complete the Nomination Form: Nominations open at 9am on Monday 27th February and close at 1pm on Friday 10th March. (Nomination Forms and further details on the process will be available here)  
  6. Get your Proposers details, write your Manifesto and get Election Photo:  Send all to elections@tudublinsu.ie before the close of Nominations at 1pm on Friday 10th March.  
  7. NOTE: Late / incomplete nominations cannot be accepted – for a successful nomination you need to have filled out the Nomination form correctly and the documents must be received before 1pm on March 10th.   

 

After the close of Nominations, you must: 

  • Attend the Candidates meeting with your Campaign Manager on Monday 13th March 2023 at 6pm.  
  • Start Campaigning after the candidates meeting!  
    • Each candidate is allocated a budget for promotional activities. This will be explained in detail at the Candidates meeting.
  • Attend the ‘Leadership Debate’ on Thursday 23rd March 
  • Voting takes place on all TU Dublin campuses from 9.30 to 7.30pm on March 28th, 29th and 30th. 
  • The Votes will counted on March 31st and the names of the successful candidates who will lead the Students’ Union in 2023/24 will be announced.

 

The Term of Office for the Full-time position runs from 1st July 2023 to 30th June 2024. We encourage all TU Dublin students to consider running for election to lead the Students’ Union next year!  

A series of public Information sessions will take place on the week of 20th February for anyone interested in finding out more; in the meantime, should you have any questions about the Positions, the Nomination process or any aspect of the Leadership Race 2023, please contact elections@tudublinsu.ie  

 

Part-Time Officers (with the exception of Postgraduate Officer)

Part-Time Officers are student representative roles, for which students will act in a voluntary basis. These positions focus on student rights in specific areas and are as follows  

  1. Gender Equality Officer 
  2. Sustainability Officer 
  3. ACCESS Officer 
  4. Ethnic Diversity Officer 
  5. Mature Student Officer 
  6. International Student Officer 
  7. Gaeilge Officer 
  8. LGBTQ+ Rights Officer 
  9. Disabilities Officer 

 

Once elected the Part-time Officers become ‘ex officio’ members of the Student Council for the period of their term of office, which is from July 1st, 2023, until to 30th June 2024 and as such can bring motions and policies for the attention of the President and Vice-Presidents (the Executive) and hold these Officers to account. Candidates for the Part-Time Officer positions must be registered TU Dublin Students for their term. 

 

Interested in running for election as a Part-time Officer? Here’s what you need to do! 

  1. Decide what position you are interested in: Remember, you can only be nominated for one position;
  2. Fill out the Nomination Form - nominations are open between Monday 27th February 9am to Friday 10th March 1pm (the link will be published here) 
  3. Attend the Student Council meeting on the 23rd of March 2023 at 6pm – All the Candidates must attend this meeting. This where the ‘Hustings’ takes place, and each candidate can outline what they hope to achieve if elected, relevant experience, skills, passion, why they should be chosen. They will answer questions from Student Councillors on what they have proposed. 
  4. The Election: Following the Student Council meeting, the Councilors (members of the Council) will receive an online Ballot paper and select the Part-Time Officers of their choice. At the conclusion of the 24-hour voting period, the names of the successful candidates will be announced.  

 

We encourage all TU Dublin students to consider running for a Part-time Officer position.  

A series of public Information sessions will take place on the week of 20th February for anyone interested; in the meantime, should you have any questions about the Positions, the Nomination process, please contact elections@tudublinsu.ie