Women's Officer By-Election 2022

We’re holding a by-election for the position of Women’s Officer to represent and campaign for students for the remainder of this academic year. The successful election candidate will start their term as soon as possible after the results are announced, and be in office until the new sabbatical team starts in July 2022.

1 post is up for election.

Nominations close at 12:00 on Wednesday 26 January 2022 (in 42 hours)

The polls open at 09:00 on Monday 31 January 2022 (in 6 days)

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On 10th January we announced that your SU Women’s Officer was stepping down. We’re holding a by-election for the position of Women’s Officer to represent and campaign for students for the remainder of this academic year. The successful election candidate will start their term as soon as possible after the results are announced, and be in office until the new sabbatical team starts in July 2022.

Tuesday 18th January 

9:00

Nominations Open

Wednesday 26th January

12:00

Nominations Close

Thursday 27th January

 

Candidates Briefing

16:00

Deadline for amending Campaign Materials

Friday 28th January

9:00

Campaigning Opens

Monday 31st January 

9:00

Voting Opens

Thursday 3rd February

17:00

Voting Closes

19:00

Provisional Results Announces

Friday 4th February 

10:00

Official Results Announced

 

Being Women's Officer

The Women’s Officer is the lead representative for women students at the University of Cambridge and students at the University for whom “woman” forms a part of their gender identity. Here’s a list of what the job will entail:

  • Takes a leadership role in the Women’s Campaign, in keeping with its constitution. This includes coordinating the Campaign’s campaigning and representative work.
  • Is a lead representative for students at the University for whom “woman” forms a part of their gender identity.
  • Sits on some University committees.
  • Is accountable to students via the Women’s Campaign for their work.
  • Supports and enables collaboration between College Women’s Officers.

You should be a student for whom “woman” forms a part of your gender identity to stand for this role.

 

Being a sabbatical officer

Being a Sabbatical Officer is a full-time job that any student can run for, regardless of level of study. As a sabbatical officer you will be supported by staff at Cambridge SU and receive a full induction process. A normal working week is 35 hours per week. Sabbatical Officers and staff are required to work Monday-Friday and on occasions, will be required to work out of hours or on weekends.

All Officers will be working at Cambridge SU’s offices, which are at 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge, although we are currently working remotely due to Covid-19. The salary of Cambridge SU Sabbatical Officers for 2021-22 is circa. £21,800.

Skills you'll gain

Here’s a look at some of the skills you’ll use and gain when you become a Sabbatical Officer. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of these right away, Cambridge SU offers lots of opportunities for training and development for all staff and Sabbatical Officers.

  • Running campaigns and organising
  • Public speaking 
  • Chairing
  • Teamwork 
  • Building relationships and stakeholder management
  • Delivering training
  • Running events
  • Supporting volunteers
  • Charity governance
  • Diplomacy 
  • Organisational skills

 

Election FAQs

Running for Positions

 

Who is eligible to run?

  • All students are eligible to run to be a sabbatical officer, no matter what course you’re on or what year you’re in. If you’re interested in running but not in your final year the SU can provide help explaining what being a sabbatical officer means to supervisors, tutors and so on. The University supports people taking time out from their studies for SU roles.
  • You should be a student for whom “woman” forms a part of your gender identity to stand for this role.

How do I take time out from my studies?

  • As being an SU sabbatical officer is a full time role, the successful candidate for Women’s Officer will need to suspend their studies to take up office and resume next year. If you are an undergraduate student, this is likely to mean missing at least some of the first part of the year you return to your studies. 
  • If you are an undergraduate or a postgraduate student studying towards an EMBA; LLM; MASt; MBA; MCL; MEng; M.Fin; MMath; MMus; MSci; PGCE and wish to submit your candidature for the Women’s Officer role, it would be a good idea for you to discuss with your College Tutor how this might impact your studies and the process you would need to follow. Usually, students taking up a Sabbatical Officer role would need to apply to disregard terms also known as ‘intermission’. You might also wish to discuss with your Tutor the period of intermission, the timing of your return to studies and any changes that might be made to your course at the time of your return (for example, modules offered in one academic year might not be offered to the next year’s cohort). The intermission process can be accessed here.
  • Postgraduate students on research and taught Masters would need to apply for intermission using this process. You are advised to discuss with your College Tutor, Course Director and/or Supervisor details of how this process would apply to your circumstances, such as the period of intermission, whether you might need to repeat a period of study that has already been completed, at what point in the year you could intermit and when you could return to study. You might also wish to discuss with your department any changes to the course that might come into place when you return to study. For example, some modules you have already studied might not be offered to the next cohort. If those modules were replaced, you would need to ensure you have access to that learning material as you might be assessed on it.
  • PhD students are also advised to discuss a period of intermission with their College Tutor, Supervisor and department if they wish to take up a position as a Sabbatical Officer. The application process can be accessed here.
  • If you have any questions or wish to discuss how the process would apply to you please get in touch with the Student Advice Service who will be happy to answer any questions.

How do I put myself forward?

  • More information about how to nominate yourself for election is available on the How to Stand page

What is a manifesto?

  • A manifesto will tell voters why they should vote for you. This should include a list of things you would do and/or stand up for if you were elected, how you will make them happen and why YOU would be excellent for the role. You may also want to include previous work you've done and the experience you have. Think about what you would want to see on a manifesto if you were voting. You can find a list of manifestos from previous manifestos on our website. Manifestos will be available on the SU website, and will be linked from the ballot when students are making their choice.

How does voting work in these elections?

Who/what is RON?

  • If you are not happy with any of the current candidates standing for election, you can vote to Re-Open Nominations (RON). RON appears on the ballot and votes for RON are counted in the same way as those for candidates. If RON is declared the winner after all votes have been counted, the election will be held again. The original candidates are allowed to run again in the new ballot, but it gives the opportunity for new candidates to run.
  • Voters may choose to vote RON for one of the following reasons:
    • They do not think any of the available candidates should be elected.
    • They would rather have more choice and be able to select from a greater number of candidates (although this is not a guaranteed outcome).
    • They have already ranked some candidates, but feel that none of the remaining candidates should be elected.

Working for Cambridge SU

 

How much do sabbatical officers get paid?

  • The salary of Cambridge SU Sabbatical Officers for 2021-22 is circa. £21,800.

When do sabbatical officers start and finish their roles?

  • As this is a by-election, the successful candidates start date would start as soon as possible after the election, and would finish mid-July 2022 at the same time as the current sabbatical officers.

Is being a sabbatical officer a full-time job?

  • Yes - a normal working week will comprise of not less than 35 hours per week. Sabbatical officers and staff are required to work Monday-Friday and on occasions, will be required to work out of hours or on weekends.
  • We are currently working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

What are the working hours?

  • We operate on a standard 8 hour day with a 1-hour lunch break. We have flexible working arrangements with core hours between 11:00-16:00. What this means practically is that you don't have to be in the office every day between 9-5, depending on your schedule you may end up working 10-6, or 11-7. If you have any concerns about this we'd be happy to talk more about flexible working and how this will work at Cambridge SU.

Do sabbatical officers work evenings and/or weekends?

  • Yes. Whilst it isn't very often you will need to work weekends, there are a number of events that will take place in the evening, such as Student Council, Executive Committee meetings, forums and trustee board meetings. This isn't every evening, however, and you will get TOIL (time off in lieu) for extra hours worked.

What does a normal working day look like for a sabb?

  • One of the great things about being a sabbatical officer is that there isn't a 'normal working day'. Whilst there are committees and working group meetings to attend, the role is what you make it. Take a look at our day in the life articles, coming out over the coming months, or get in touch with one of our current sabbs to see what our current sabbatical officers have been up to.

What skills and experience are expected of me?

  • When sabbatical officers take up their roles they are given an extensive handover and training by Cambridge SU. You are not expected to have experience or skills in the role and you will be trained in relevant areas.

Do I have to be a good public speaker?

  • While there is lots of public speaking involved in all roles (through induction talks, campaigning, and in other ways), Cambridge SU will give you training on these skills.

International Students

 

I am an international student from the EEA; how will Brexit affect my ability to become a sabbatical officer?

  • If you are a current student from the EU, EEA-EFTA states or Switzerland and you arrived in the UK before 1st January 2021, Brexit will not affect your ability to become a sabbatical officer so long as you have applied for the EU Settlement Scheme before 30th June 2021. Information and support on this is available from the University’s International Student Office.
  • If you arrived in the UK after 1st January 2021, see the below question about applying on a Student visa.

I am an international student on the Student (previously known as Tier 4) visa, can I become sabbatical officer?

  • Yes, we encourage international students to become sabbatical officers. You are eligible to become a sabbatical officer under the Student/Tier 4 visa if you take a break from your studies to undertake this position. You can also become a sabbatical officer as a new graduate in the academic year immediately following the completion of your studies at the University. The SU can provide financial and practical support with this. 

What visa status do sabbatical officers have?

  • If you were a student studying on a Student/Tier 4 visa, you will be working under that visa. The University of Cambridge will be your sponsor. Your employer will be the Cambridge Student Union.

Can I study full time and become a sabbatical officer?

  • No. The sabbatical officer role is full-time employment. Therefore, you will be required to work for 35 hours a week for the Cambridge Student Union.

I currently have a Student/Tier 4 visa, do I need to apply for a new one to start working as a sabbatical officer?

  • You can start work as a sabbatical officer on your existing visa if it is valid. If your visa expires before the completion of your term as sabbatical officer, you will be required to apply for an extension to your visa.

Who will bear the cost of my visa application to work as a sabbatical officer if I need to extend my visa?

  • If you need to extend your visa, Cambridge SU will cover all the cost of your Student visa application including the NHS surcharge. Your visa application requires you to show requisite funds maintained in your bank account for 28 consecutive days. The SU will arrange for these funds to be available to you should you require it.