Thinking about running for Student Union President? Here's What You Need To Know

Hear from Serena, our current Students' Union President, about her experiences, the role and what it entails.


Hello, I’m Serena, to some Serena-Amani. I’m currently the President of your Students’ Union – and as of January I’m officially an Interational Relations graduate!

What led you to campaign for your position?  

I decided to run because honestly, I’d complain about a lot, but never opted to help change things and well now I’m in a position with an electoral mandate (thanks to all my voters) to change things... 

What is something unexpected/surprising you've experienced about being an Exec?  

I think the most surprising thing has been getting in the swing of a job so quickly... Taking on the Presidency seemed like a huge task – with the endless meetings, reading papers, projects, stakeholder management, external relations (the list does go on) - but somehow, I’m used to it? And enjoying it...  

What's a piece of advice you'd give to someone applying for an Exec position?        
  • Just go for it! The thought of running is much scarier than actually running.  
  • Make your manifesto, plan your campaign and win that role!  
  • No matter how little experience you think you might have – you will be nurtured into the job and learn an insane amount whilst doing it.  
  • The only requirement is that you’re a student – so you literally cannot be underqualified.  

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