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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. Submit my 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 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

The easy bit. Just complete an online nomination form. You will need to be logged into our website to nominate yourself. You should submit a maximum of 300 word manifesto (text only, no hyperlinks). This will appear when students vote. The manifesto and does not need to be completed by the Friday 14th February deadline but MUST be submitted by the beginning of the Candidate's Briefing at 12noon on Monday 17th February. Photos of candidates (head and shoulders shot) will also be taken after the Briefing for use on the voting platform.

You can also supply a Manifesto flyer (pdf, two A4 sided) that will be included on the elections page on our website. The final version should be emailed to by Monday 17th February 2020 at 12noon.

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 campaign training sessions. You will also get £60 from us to fund your campaign.


Online Nomination Form

Election Rules

Full Time Officer Role Description

Charity Trustee Declaration Form

Manifesto Writing Tips

Key Dates

Nominations Open: Monday 20th January 2020 at 9am

Nominations Close: Friday 14th February 2020 at 12noon

Manifesto Training: Friday 14th February 2020 at 2pm in NH209

Manifesto Deadline: Monday 17th February 2020 at 12noon

Candidates Briefing:  Monday 17th February 2020 at 12noon in NH209 

Candidates Filming (for official videos): Tuesday 18th February 2020

Candidates Training: Wednesday 19th February 2020 at 12noon in NH209

Voting Opens: Monday 2nd March 2020 at 10am

Voting Closes: Thursday 5th March 2020 at 5pm

Results announced: Friday 6th March 2020 at 7pm

Start Date for elected Full Time Officers: 18th May 2020 (officially start term in office on 1st June 2020)




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