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How to Become a Full Time Officer

Every year four students are paid to work full-time (£19,612 for 2020/21) to lead GCU Students’ Association. Elected by their peers they become leaders of an organisation with a £700,000 budget, trustees of a charity and representatives of 16,000 students. 


What do I need to do?

Any registered GCU student, including an international student and GCU London students, are eligible to stand to be a Full Time Officer. That means if you are currently a registered student studying at GCU then you can do it.

You don’t need to be in your final year, in the past many officers have taken a year out to lead the Students’ Association before returning to finish their degree.

If successful you will become a trustee of the organisation. This means that you’ll need to meet a small number of legal requirements outlined in the Charity Trustee Declaration Form. Find out more about our Trustee Board.

You will be required to work on the Glasgow Campus. There are instructions below on how to submit your nomination.


Election Leaflet

Click here to see our handy Full Time Officer Elections leaflet Standing to be a paid Full Time Officer: Why stand and how to do it


What does a Full Time Officer do?

Jodie takes us through a Day in the Life of a Full Time Officer. 

Lee and Jack, Kevin, Chris and Yetunde all former Full Time Officers, talk about their experiences being a Full Time Officer at GCU Students' Association. Don't let the election myths stop you from standing!



How do I do it?

Deciding to stand

Take a look at the Role Description and speak to the current Full Time Officers about their experiences. Our Full Time Officers Officers get to decide on which areas they'd like to work on at the start of their term of office so also consider which aspects of the Students' Association interests you the most. Don't let the election myths stop you from standing!

Find out about campaigning in the Full Time Officer Elections.

Nominating yourself

Complete an online nomination form (nominations opens Monday 11th January 2021). You will need to be logged into our website to nominate yourself. You don't need to submit a photo of yourself or manifesto when you submit your nomination. Put TO FOLLOW in the manifesto section. If you have problems submitting your nomination email well before the close of nominations on Friday 12th February 2021 at 12noon, to give us a chance to resolve any issues.

A manifesto is what you hope to achieve whilst in the role and why people should vote for you. There will be training provided on creating a manifesto. A ballot manifesto is required whilst the website manifesto is optional. Submit your manifesto(s)  to by the deadlines below. 

You need to submit a high quality photo (head and shoulder photo against a plain wall). This is the photo that will be used for the online election. Submit your high quality photo to by Tuesday 16th February 2021 at 10am.

You can submit a short video (less than one minute) and any social media website links to by Friday 19th February 2021 at 12noon. Your video and links will be used on our website and on our social media.

Getting Elected

To be successful you’ll need to convince people you’re the best person for the job. That might sound daunting, but there’s plenty of support on offer to you.

We’ll be putting campaign advice online to help you start planning, and all candidates will be invited to attend a Candidates’ Briefing session as well as optional manifesto writing and online campaign training. You will also get £60 from us to fund your campaign.



Election Rules

Full Time Officer Role Description

Charity Trustee Declaration Form


Key Dates

Nominations Open: Monday 11th January 2021 at 9am

Nominations Close: Friday 12th February 2021 at 12noon

Candidates Briefing: Friday 12th February 2021 at 12:30pm 

Writing a Manifesto Training: Friday 12th February 2021 at 3pm

Candidate Training and Preparation Week: Monday 15th – Friday 19th February 2021

  • Writing a Manifesto Training (Repeat): Monday 15th February 2021 at 12noon
  • Deadline for Text Manifesto and Candidate Photo: Tuesday 16th February 2021 at 10am
  • Running an Online Campaign Training: Wednesday 17th February 2021 at 12noon–4pm
  • Deadline for Candidate Video, Manifesto Flyer and Social Media links: Friday 19th February 2021 at 12noon

Voting Opens: Monday 1st March 2021 at 10am

Voting Closes: Thursday 4th March 2021 at 5pm

Results announced: Friday 5th March 2021 from 7pm

Start Date for elected Full Time Officers: 17th May 2021 (officially start term in office on 31st May 2021)



Nominations open on Monday 11th January 2021 at 9am




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