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'Surrey Decides' is the Students' Union's annual election process.  The Students' Union is led by a team of elected officers.  Some officer roles are full time paid positions; some are part time voluntary roles. 

The Students' Union has 5 full time officers, and a team of part time volunteer officers who make up the Union's Executive team.  The Executive team works together to lead the Union and represent students throughout the year.


Every student automatically becomes a member of the Students' Union at University registration.  Being a member of the Union entitles you to vote in the election, support the nomination of another student, and run for election yourself. 

You need to be a registered student at the point that you submit your nomination for the election.  If you run for a full time elected role, you will either need to take a year out from your studies, or you will need to have graduated (run for the position during your final year).

If you are studying on a postgraduate taught or research programme, you can still get involved in the election process.  Some masters' students have not graduated by the time officers take up their roles (in July 2015).  Please contact the Students' Union  if these circumstances apply to you.


The timetable for the election is below.  If you are considering running for a position, these are the dates you will need in your diary:

Date and time Event
Monday 9 February 2015 Nominations open – election period begins.
Wednesday 18 February 2015 12 noon Nominations close
Wednesday 18 February 2015 5pm LTM Candidates' briefing/information session
​Thursday 19 February 2015 6pm LTD ​General election hustings (optional)
Thursday 19 February 2015 7.30pm TB19 Candidates' campaign workshop training session
Friday 20 February 2015 5pm Manifesto deadline
Saturday 21st Feb 12am Campaigning period begins
Sunday 1 March Question Time night 1
Monday 2 March Question Time night 2
Tuesday 3 March Question Time night 3
12AM on Thursday 5 March until 7pm on Friday 6 March Voting will be online
12 noon Friday 6 March Budget forms to be returned to Union.
Friday 6 March 7pm Election period ends – campus must be clear
Friday 6 March 8.30pm Results announced



Nominations open Monday 9th February. Download our nomination pack to find out more about what's involved in being a candidate:

nomination guide 2015.pdf

View our Candidate Information page here:


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