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BUCS Officer Elections

BUCS Officers are elected by the membership each academic year.  Four Student Officers are elected annually with Staff Officers elected for specific portfolios every 2 years, with the Chair of Disciplinary Committee also elected for a 2 year term.

Elections took place on Thursday 14 July 2016 during BUCS Conference at the University of Warwick.

Staff Officers

Staff Officers serve as members of the BUCS Advisory Group, working in dedicated areas of the Company’s portfolio. As well as having responsibility for specific areas of the Company’s portfolio, they contribute to the wider policy and strategic direction of BUCS, and are responsible for representing the views of the professional staff across the sector on the various issues that arise.

Student Officers

Student Officers also sit on BUCS Advisory Group and provide input into the internal strategy of BUCS, with particular focus on areas relating to the student sporting experience. They act as the main point of contact for regional student chairs and subsequently represent students’ needs, concerns and aspirations to BUCS. Student Officers also have the opportunity to work within and across the areas of BUCS' business.

Elections 2016

Elections took place on Thursday 14 July 2016 during BUCS Conference at the University of Warwick.

In 2016, the following positions were up for election:
4x Student Officers
3x Staff Officers
1x Chair of Disciplinary Committee

Student Officers

Nine complete nominations were received by the deadline of 5pm Wednesday 6th July 2016 and therefore all nine candidates went forward to an election for the four student officer roles. 

Please see below the candidates who were elected to the four student officer positions for 2016-17:

Name: Ted Crowson – Warwick University       

Name: Matt Nicholson – Nottingham Trent University

Name:  Ohio Orumen – Bucks New University

Name: Julia Ryland – London School of Economics

For the Student Director role, there was a tie between Matt Nicholson and Ohio Orumen.  The Returning Officer has therefore declared that a by-election will take place to determine which candidate will be elected Student Director. 
Details of the by-election will be sent to those members who voted at the elections on 14th July 2016.

By-election results

A by-election was held to determine which candidate would take the role of student director.  Voting in the by-election closed om Monday 25 July and all votes cast have been counted.

Matt Nicholson received the most votes and is therefore appointed as Student Director and will sit on the BUCS Board.

Ohio Orumen will remain as a Student Officer.

Staff Officers - elected candidates

There were 3 staff vacancies open for nomination this year.

The following nominations were received before the original deadline of Wednesday 6th July 2016.

Name: Greg Sharp – University of Bath
Role: Chair of Advisory Group

Name: Alex Reilly-Cooper – London School of Economics
Role: Staff Officer

As a single nomination was received two of the vacant roles, the Returning Officer has declared, under rule 29, that the above candidates are automatically elected.

Signed: Dave Fletcher sig 
Dave Fletcher – Returning Officer

No nominations were received for remaining staff officer role, either by the original deadline or the by-election deadline, and therefore, the Returning Officer has declared, under rule 43, the Board shall have responsibility for filling the post by co-option.

Chair of Disciplinary

The following nomination was received for the post of Chair of Disciplinary.

Name:  Roger Finbow

As a single nomination was received the Returning Officer has declared, under rule 29, that the above candidate is automatically elected to the post of Chair of Disciplinary for a period of 2 years.
Signed:   Dave Fletcher sig
Dave Fletcher – Returning Officer

Who can stand?

To stand for a position as a Student Officer, a candidate must either:

- be an internally registered student at a member institution whose membership fees have been paid;
- and be registered on a Higher Education credit rated course;
- and be undertaking a programme of at least 50% of the equivalent of a full-time student.


- shall be a sabbatical officer of an athletic union, sports union or student union, at an institution whose membership fees have been paid.

Student nominations must be proposed and seconded by two separate institutions.

To be eligible to stand for a position as a Staff Officer, candidates must have a contract of employment within a member institution and their nomination must be approved by a duly authorised person within that institution, and seconded by a different institution.

Role details

You can find full details of the Student and Staff Officer roles, as well as the Chair of Disciplinary Committee, via the links below:

BUCS Staff Officer : BUCS Student Officer : Chair of Disciplinary Committee

For information on, and details of how to contact, the current Student Officers, please click here.

The Election Process

For full details of the election arrangements and procedures please use the following links:

Election Procedures & Regulations : Arrangements for BUCS Elections 2016



Voting for the elections will take place on the morning of Thursday 14th July during BUCS Conference at the University of Warwick.

The two member representatives of each BUCS member institution are entitled to vote. If a member representative is unable to attend in person to vote, a proxy may be appointed.  Please use the proxy voting form to advise us of this change.

Only named representatives or listed proxies will be permitted to vote.  If appointing a proxy, please ensure the form is completed accurately and in full.

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