What is LeadLUU?
LeadLUU is a democratic election process that takes place every year to select your student union's next student leaders (Exec Officers).
Any student at the University of Leeds can run to be an Exec Officer and you’ve got until Friday 14 February 2020 to nominate yourself or a friend. That’s Valentines’ Day so it’s easy to remember.
Candidates who put themselves forward for the Exec Officer role they think they’re best suited to will then create manifestos for what they want to achieve, and campaign to win your vote.
After that, a campus-wide vote takes place from Monday 2 to Thursday 5 March 2020. When the votes are counted up, the winners – next year’s Exec Officers – are announced.
The big reveal of the results will take place on Friday 6 March 2020.
Monday 2 March - Thursday 5 March
Put the date in your diary, this is the time that voting takes place and you will be able to choose your next student leaders.
Friday 6 March
Find out who will lead your Student's Union next year.
There are eight 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.
Culture. Engagement. Cohesion.
- You will promote culture sharing and cultural cohesion
- You will represent International students to the University to ensure their education meets their expectations
- Enhancing life in Leeds for International students
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.
To run for Gryphon Editor you need to already be a member of their society. The candidates will then go to a campus wide vote along with the other Exec Officer roles in March.
For most users, problems logging in to vote can be solved by using the student login not the guest login.
If you're getting the message 'account not matched', this could mean you haven't yet opted in to be a member of LUU. You should contact University Registration Services straight away to tell them that you want to opt-in to be a member of LUU (this is the most common cause of this error) and they will pass on your details to us to add to the system. Once that has happened you should be able to vote. This should take around 24 hours.
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 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 an £11 million organisation and representatives of 38,000 students.
It’s a democratic election process in which every student has the opportunity to elect eight of their peers to run their Union for a year.
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. If not, then put the dates 2-5 March in your diary, because that is when you will get to vote.
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 eight 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 2 March to Thursday 5 March you can vote online anywhere you are. Or in person in our voting booths 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 14 February (Valentine's Day).
Voting takes place from Monday 2 March (7am) to Thursday 5 March (7pm).
The results will be announced on Results Night in LUU on Friday 6 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 £19,505.
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 £40 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 other students 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.
We can also link you up with other creative students who will help you with your campaign. 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.