Why Stand?


Why Stand?

We need you to lead the change!

Put yourself forward to stand for election by 13 February. By becoming a Student Officer you will:

Represent the views of over 24,000 students

You’ll have the privilege of listening to the views of all the students at Queen’s and representing them to the University, your community, in your city, and in government to make real changes that have a real impact on their lives.

Lead a multi-million pound organisation

In your role as leader of your Students' Union and a member of the Executive Management Committee and Management Board you’ll not only gain invaluable insight into how the organisation works, you’ll also make real decisions that shape its future. 

Meet loads of new people and gain new skills

No matter which role you go for, you'll meet loads of people and gain lots of experience including: chairing meetings, leading campaigns, managing budgets, communicating and team working.

Plus, before you take up your position you'll get training in areas like: public speaking, people management, event organisation and the art of negotiation. This expertise is for life.

Stand out to future employers – it’s a one off, unique opportunity

Leading the Union and working with dedicated and professional staff members will increase your commercial awareness and help you to boost your skills and your CV – employers will be really impressed… dream job here you come.

Be part of a national student voice

You’ll work with student representatives from other Unions across NI, GB and ROI and be part of a massive student movement to lead the change that matters. 

Make real decisions that make a real impact on students’ lives

You really can make the changes that matters to students at Queen's and make a positive impact on their lives. You have access to the decision-makers in the University, City, and Government - you also have the power to get matters on the agenda and the University has to listen to you! 

Do something different every day

One minute you could be lobbying MPs and the next you could be accompanying a student to talk to the University about a problem with their course. There's no other role in which you'll gain so many diverse skills in so little time.

Have the chance to stand up for what you believe in

You'll have the power and access to the people who can implement the changes you believe in and want to make happen.

Full-Time Student Officers - Receive £18,000 and 23 days' holiday

As a Full Time Student Officer, you'll receive £18,000 over the 12 months with 23 days' holiday, in addition to all the Statutory and University holidays. The role starts on 1 July, 2019 and ends on 30 June, 2020.

P.S. Winning isn't everything

Even if you're not successful, running in the Student Leader Elections is still a great opportunity. Not only does it look great on your CV, but you also get great experience managing budgets, being creative, showing determination, working to deadlines and running a campaign.