Change is coming. It’s your time to be part of it.
Lead LUU is back on campus and plenty of your peers have put themselves up for being your next student leader.
Who do you want to be in charge of your union and make student life better for all students?
The decision is yours. Read their manifestos below to see who gets your vote.
25.02.19 - 28.02.19
Vote - you can do it online, anywhere you are, but make sure you do it before Thursday 28 February, 5pm.
Lead LUU Live
What do your Lead LUU candidates stand for? LSR & LSTV will be attempting to find out exactly that, and delving into what makes the candidates tick and why you should (or shouldn’t) vote for them in Lead LUU 2019.
They’ll be giving everyone a grilling in a live debate in the Pyramid Theatre, helped by a student panel who’ll be offering commentary and analysis from the LSTV studio.
Head down there to watch in person or go online to watch it live.
Lead LUU Results Night
Campaigning is over, the votes have been counted - this is it – Lead LUU 2019 Results Night.
Join LSR and LSTV for a night of dramatic pauses and tension music as we all discover who your six Exec Officers and Gryphon Editor for 2019/20 will be.
Come and celebrate with your new Exec, and support all the candidates who ran amazing campaigns. The whole night will be broadcast live on LSR, so make sure to tune in if you can’t make it.
There are seven roles up for grabs during Lead LUU; find out more below.
Societies. Opportunities. Sports.
- You will support clubs and societies to help students develop and feel happy.
- You will work with the Activities Exec to make sure clubs and societies are what students want.
- You will make sure University sports and co-curricular activities are well- supported.
Housing. Transport. Crime.
- You will make accommodation better so students enjoy living in Leeds.
- You will help students avoid crime to stay safe.
- You will represent students to make sure local public services meet their needs.
- You will encourage students to be active in their city so they get more out of being in Leeds.
Health. Support. Happiness.
- You will help students with their problems to make sure they have a great time at University.
- You will listen to students’ concerns so that issues can be identified and resolved.
- You will campaign to help staff and students build a happy, inclusive community.
Union Affairs Officer
Governance. Democracy. Finance.
- You will chair the board of trustees and hold staff to account.
- You will handle finances ensuring the money spent benefits students.
- You will meet students’ needs through the Union’s democratic system.
- You will help govern the University to make sure it reflects the views of students.
- You will represent Leeds students in the media.
Courses. Libraries. Learning.
- You will help students run the University in partnership to shape how it works.
- You will represent students to the University to ensure their education meets their expectations.
- You will work with reps to make sure students have a say in how their course is run.
Equality and Diversity Officer
Access. Inclusivity. Fairness.
- You will make sure that University services vary their approach to suit every student.
- You will allow all students to input into decisions so the Union meets all needs fairly.
- You will enact students’ ideas for removing barriers to getting the University experience they want.
Society. Voice. Journalism
- You will help to keep students informed of events in the University, Union, and Leeds.
- You will provide a platform for students to have their voices heard.
- You will work to engage students with the issues affecting them on campus and beyond.
Pick up your copy of the Gryphon for free in the Union to see how they roll.
Every year six students are paid to work full-time leading Leeds University Union. They are your Exec. You can meet the current ones here.
The roles are a fantastic graduate opportunity if you’re looking for a job where you get to have an idea and make change happen.
The exec are chosen by students through a democratic election, every student who's a student at Leeds can vote, including people on an exchange program. The Exec become directors of a £10 million organisation, trustees of our charity and representatives of 38,000 students.
It’s the time every student has the opportunity to elect six of their peers to run their Union for a year.
Last year over 7,500 students voted for who they wanted running this place.
If you think you would make a great leader and could help us make sure every student loves their time at Leeds, then nominate yourself here.
Here at LUU we use Alternative Voting – which is a bit different to what you’ll see in other elections you might take part in. Basically, you can rank all of the candidates for one role in order of preference. So if there are five candidates running for a position, when you go to vote you’ll be able to order them through 1-5 – as a voter this gives you more of a chance of seeing a candidate you like get elected and reduces the number of ‘wasted’ votes as well.
If you like. There are seven roles in total to vote for though, and it’d be really great if you had your say in who was running every part of your Union – but if you only want to vote for one person in one position be our guest. You can even come back later and vote for the other positions.
From the Monday 25 February to Thursday 28 February you can vote online anywhere you are with this link. Or in person in our voting booths in Common Ground and the Foyer and across campus all week.
If you’re having trouble voting, or getting error messages please get in touch with our Political Engagement Team on LUU.PET@leeds.ac.uk and they’ll be able to help you out.
R.O.N. stands for ‘Re-Open Nominations’ – it’s to give you the chance to say that you aren’t too sure about any of the candidates up for election in any of the positions. If R.ON. wins then we have another election for that role.
Nope. Previous Exec members have come from all walks of university life. As long as you have great ideas and a passion for creating change, you’ll make a great candidate.
Nominations are open now and close 08 February.
Voting takes place from 25 February - 28 February.
The results will be announced on Results Night in Pyramid Theatre on Friday 1 March.
If you win, you will spend the next year running the Union and working on projects and campaigns to improve the lives of students. It’s a full time paid job with a salary of £18,000.
Don't fret, most people don’t before they actually try it. Your campaign should be personal and reflect you, and you’ll be appointed a mentor to help you plan and build your campaign.
We'll also be running sessions and sharing tips on how best to communicate with students at Leeds and run your own campaign.
You get £80 to spend on whatever you like, and you can get half of that reimbursed by LUU. We’ll also be supporting you with some campaigning materials like cardboard, fabric, paints, glitter, stencils and more - as well as a Campaigns Hub to make stuff in.
You sure can. Even one hour a week is enough time to run an excellent campaign. We’ll work with you to help you create the best campaign possible with the time you have.
In a previous election, Charlotte Warner managed to be elected as Welfare Officer despite being away on placement during campaigning. Get your friends, housemates and coursemates to help out as your campaign team and we’re sure you’ll have no bother.
A campaign team is a group of your friends who have committed to helping you campaign. They might talk to students on your behalf, help put up posters, or perhaps assist you with social media.
Don’t worry too much if you haven’t got a huge campaign team. You’ll get lots of support from us in regards to your campaign and tactics to use. The most important thing is that you’re willing to go out and talk to students - that’s the best way to win votes.
We work with the University to encourage schools to provide extensions for students participating in Lead LUU - just chat to us if you have any concerns.
Yes you can. If you’re elected, you can speak to your school about taking a year out to serve as an Officer.
Yes, students at any level of study can run - we even work with schools across the uni to make sure they support you in running.
Yes. Any EU national can become an officer with no restrictions. If you come from further afield you may have to extend your visa.
Remember that all immigration applications made within the UK must be made before the expiry date of your current visa. For the full information please visit the University’ website here.
No, you won’t. The University of Leeds can sponsor you under Tier 4 during your year working. If you are elected you can then request a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to enable you to make your Tier 4 application to cover the period of time you will be working in the role.