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Vice President Charities & Community

Wage: £20,836

Term in office: 30/06/19 - 27/06/20   (Please see FAQs regarding having coursework to complete after this start date)

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What's the role?: The Vice-President Charities & Community represents Student Members to the University, and external audiences. They lead in policy making and campaigning work, in conjunction with other Officers, by addressing the needs of students as members of the community. They promote a holistic approach to student life beyond educational and representational functions; and work to facilitate this aspect of student life, to encourage students to make a wider contribution to their community and to encourage opportunities for students in this area. They facilitate charitable fundraising activity undertaken by the student body and represent the student body in local community structures. They are a Sabbatical Trustee and play a key role in relationship between Student Council and the Trustee Board.

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Nominations Open

Mon 22nd APR | 00:00


Nominations Close

Mon 6th MAY | 00:00


Candidate Briefing

Mon 6th MAY | 17:30


Manifesto Deadline

Thur 9th MAY | 12:00


Campaigning Begins

Fri 10th MAY | 12:00



Mon 13th MAY | 17:30


Voting Opens

Tue 14th MAY | 08:00


Voting Closes

Thur 16th MAY | 18:00


Results Announcement

Thur 16th MAY | 21:00


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I run in an election if I am an international student?

International students are able to be Sabbatical Trustees. However, there are immigration implications that you should be aware of.

You can find a lot of really useful information from The UK Council for International Student Affairs here:

You should also contact Student Immigration for personalised guidance:

When do elections happen?

Nominations are open from 00:00 Monday 1st Week Trinity (14th January) and close exactly two weeks later at 00:00 Monday 3rd Week Trinity (28th January).

At 17:00 that Monday 3rd week Trinity (28th January) we’ll have a candidate briefing where we’ll give you any additional information you might need.

You’ll then have until midday Thursday 3rd Week Trinity (31st January) to finish your manifestos, get all your campaign materials together and finalise slates. They will be released the next day and this will mark the beginning of campaigning.

The hustings will happen on Monday 4th Week Trinity (4th February).

Voting opens to all student members at 08:00 Tuesday 4th Week Trinity (5th February) and closes 18:00 Thursday 4th Week Trinity (7th February).

The results will be announced at 21:00 on Thursday 4th week (7th February) night.

What is a manifesto?

A manifesto is a document stating why you should be elected, and should you be elected, what you’ll do. PDF is the best format to have your manifesto in. You must also note at the bottom of the document the names of anyone who assisted you making the design. You can make your manifesto look as simple or fancy as you like but remember, what you promise to do on your manifesto will be the standard the student body judges you against should you win! You can promise the impossible but be prepared to be expected to deliver it.

Who oversees the elections?

The Returning Officer oversees the running of the election and ensures it is fair and properly carried out. They are a student member elected by Student Council every 7th Week to serve for a single academic term.

I will still have educational commitments from my current course after the start of the Sabbatical position. Can I still run?

Yes, you can still run! Oxford SU commits to supporting you during this period of time, allowing you to prioritise and complete your studies within the set time frame. Oxford SU will work with you to ensure that along with this, you are able to fulfil the responsibilities that come with being an elected role but without them having an impact on your studies.

What if I can't stand or vote in an election?

There are a couple of possibilities:

  1. You aren’t considered a Student Member. We define Student Members as those fitting the description outline in Statute II of the University’s Statutes. Rule of thumb; if you matriculated you’re a Student Member, if you didn’t you probably aren’t.
  2. You Opted out. When you register for the university you have the option to opt out of Student Union membership. To opt back in go to the university Student Self Service at click ‘My Student Record’ tab then ‘Additional Information’.
  3. If neither of the above apply to you please email for more information.

How does campaigning work?

Campaigning is anything you do to convince students to vote for you. This doesn’t just mean posting your manifesto online though! Often the most successful candidates take the time to speak and listen to the student body in order to understand the type of issues which they care about most. Novelty is the key to a good campaign, do something creative and unique to get attention for your campaign.

What support is available?

Oxford SU Student Advice are always on hand to provide non-directive advice around any issues you may face when running in the elections.

We will be running workshops on ‘writing a manifesto’, ‘what’s Sabb life like?’ and ‘Campaigning tips’.

Every morning during the campaign period there will be a free candidates’ lunch at Oxford SU HQ to help you get ready for the day. This is also a great time to speak with staff about any concerns you may have.

For more serious issues which may require professional support you can contact the University’s Student Welfare and Support Services.

How does voting work?

We use a voting system called Single Transferrable Vote (STV) which allows you to rank the candidates in order of preference. During the count, if there is no clear winner, we eliminate candidates, round by round, with the lowest number of votes and distribute their surplus to the remaining candidates until someone reaches the quota to win.

Who is R.O.N.?

R.O.N stands for Re-Open Nominations. This is the candidate you rank when you wish none of the remaining candidates on the ballot to win. This is different to if you simply stop voting after you’ve ranked the candidates you like.

Does my vote count and make a difference?

Yes! The great thing about the STV voting system is that even when you believe your preferred candidate is unlikely to win or gets eliminated the rest of your rankings still count. So, every single vote counts towards either electing, or attempting to prevent electing, the winning candidate(s).

Do I have to be a final year to run?

No, you can be any year of study and run for a position. If you are running for a Sabbatical position though you will need to suspend your studies for one academic year.

What is a husting?

A husting is where candidates give speeches explaining why they think they should win the election and answer questions from the room. This event will be livestreamed but you need to come along if you’d like to ask questions.

What is a Trustee?

The Trustee Board is the governing body of the Charity.

The Trustees are responsible for making sure that the Students' Union is run effectively, complies with the law, has a strong strategic plan based on members' needs and is financially secure.

Authority is delegated to the Chief Executive to manage the day to day operations and it is the role of the Chief Executive to enact the strategy determined by the Trustees. The SU is run on a day to day basis by its staff, officers and volunteers directed by its members' needs.

Rules of the Election

If you are unsure about any of the following directions please feel free to contact the Returning Officer and SU Elections Team at

Regarding Nominations

Any person wishing to be a candidate must nominate via the SU Website

Regarding Becoming a Candidate

To become a candidate a nominee must attend the essential candidate briefing on Monday 3th Week Hilary bringing with them;

  • a signed tutor permission slip,
  • any right to work documents (for trustee roles), and
  • their University card (‘BOD card’),

the nominee will then become an official candidate.

Regarding Manifestos

Manifestos should be a one-sided A4 size PDF emailed to, by midday Thursday 3rd Week Hilary Term. A plain text manifesto must accompany any designed manifesto. You must include the name of anyone who is involved in the design process clearly on the manifesto. The Returning Officer can send back any manifesto that fails to meet this direction, contain unlawful, false, misleading, or offensive material.

Regarding Expenses

Sabbatical Trustee candidates  have an expense limit of £40.

Candidates must declare all items used for campaigning and must not spend more than their expenses limit. Candidates cannot financially support another candidate.

Already owned equipment, which it is reasonable to assume all other candidates will have access to an equivalent of, are permitted without deduction from expenses. A Mac with Photoshop installed and a camera will be available to use at Oxford SU on request and subject to availability.

Expense forms must be handed in to the Returning Officer at 4 Worcester Street by midday Thursday 4th Week Trinity.

Regarding Hustings

The Hustings will be held on Monday 4th Week Trinity and will be moderated by the Returning Officer. The Returning Officer must choose a chair who cannot be themselves.

Regarding Campaigning

Campaigning can begin after manifestos are published on Friday 3rd Week Trinity Term. Any candidate publishing campaign materials before this time is in violation of this direction.

Candidates can only campaign in digital spaces they don’t control if other candidates also have access to campaign there.

Campaigns must focus on why that candidate is the best for the role. Candidates are not allowed to run negative campaigns. This means criticising another candidate’s character. However, there will be the opportunity to respond and critique the other candidates’ policies, manifestos, and answers in the hustings.

Regarding Unofficial Campaigning

Any individual producing campaign material in favour of a candidate will be considered as if they are the candidate, themselves, unless the candidate specifies to the Returning Officer that they’ve not been involved with the campaigning of the individual, and can show evidence they’ve made reasonable efforts to discourage the individual’s campaigning. The Returning Officer will communicate with all parties involved as soon as a dispute arises.

Regarding Endorsements

Candidates may not seek or claim the endorsement of Oxford SU employees (including current Sabbatical Trustees, external trustees, or student trustees), Council or any of its committees, Oxford SU Schemes, or Projects.

Campaigns and Non-Oxford SU organisations can endorse candidates provided no candidates;

  • take part in a vote which could lead to an endorsement
  • make an executive decision to make an endorsement
  • be involved in the communications of an endorsement

Regarding Media

Candidates are encouraged to engage with the media, particularly the student press and radio. In the interests of fairness, you should make a reasonable effort to inform other candidates of any contact that you have with the media so that they can pursue the same opportunity.

Regarding Mailing Lists

Candidates are not permitted to use pre-existing mailing lists. Any mailing lists must be opt-in and deleted immediately after the election.

Regarding Complaints

All complaints must be submitted within 24 hours of the complainant becoming aware of the incident and before midday Thursday 4th Week Trinity, except;

  1. those referring to incidents taking place after midday Thursday 4th Week Trinity but before the publication of the results, and
  2. those referring to the counting of votes,

which must be submitted within the 24 hours following the publication of the results.