Student Elections

Four reasons why it’s important to use your vote

Here are four reasons why you should vote in the upcoming Student Elections.

The Students' Union is a charity which exists to represent the students of the University of Portsmouth. Each year students elect five Sabbatical Officers to work for the Union and represent the views of the student body.

Our five Sabbatical Officer roles cover different areas of student life but have the same end goal of working towards making positive changes on behalf of students at the University of Portsmouth.

Each candidate has written a manifesto with positive changes they'd like to make and it’s up to you to vote for whoever you think will do the best job. Here’s a few reasons why you should use your vote:

1. It will affect you

It’s just like voting in the General Elections but a lot closer to home. All the candidates running in the Student Elections are campaigning to make direct changes to student life at Portsmouth, and these changes will either affect you or future students. Take this chance to vote for who you want to help make positive changes to the university.

2. To ensure your Union runs democratically

We want to ensure that the election process is as democratic as possible, as elected students work for a whole year on behalf of the student body. To guarantee that the student body is accurately represented we need a broad range of students to read-up on candidate manifestos and vote for who they think will do the best job.

3. Voter perks

Once you’ve voted you can collect an Elections wristband to show you’ve taken part in the Student Elections. The wristband entitles you to these perks throughout voting week:

  • 10% OFF PURCHASES in the Union Shop (excludes stationery, Kitlocker and Heligog items) when you checkout at the counter (in-store only).
  • Free HOT DRINK UPGRADES across campus at University catering outlets (regular to large and tall to grande only), show your wristband at participating cafes when ordering.

4. Walk freely around campus

Tired of being stopped outside the library, on the way to lectures in or the Union by campaigners? Vote early and grab an Elections wristband to show them you’ve already voted. Just flash the wristband when you see candidates and polling staff and easily breeze through voting week without being bothered further!


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