Who are the Exec?

Every year six students are paid to work full-time to lead Leeds University Union. They are your Exec. You can meet the current ones here

The roles are a fantastic graduate opportunity for those passionate about Leeds, the students and their Union.

Chosen by their peers in a campus-wide vote, they become directors of a £10 million organisation, trustees of our charity and representatives of 34,000 students.

What is the Leadership Race?

Every year, the Leadership Race gives students the opportunity to elect six of their peers to lead Leeds University Union. Last year’s campus-wide ballot saw over 6,000 students cast their vote.

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

Can I run if I’m in my first or second year?

Yes you can. If you’re elected, you can speak to your School about taking a year out to serve as an Officer.

Can I run if I’m a postgrad?

Yes, students at any level of study can run in the Leadership Race - we even work with schools across the uni to make sure they support you in running.

Can I run if I’m an international student?

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

If you have any concerns get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.


You can read about each position here (leadluu/roles). You can also come in to the Union to discuss which position would suit you. Don’t forget, you can only run for one position! Come and find us in our office on the second floor or email luu.slc@leeds.ac.uk

Isn’t it just a popularity contest?

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.

Help, I don’t know how to campaign

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.

I don’t have much time- can I still campaign?

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 the 2013/14 Leadership Race, 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.

Do I get a campaigning budget?

Yes you do - 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 plain t-shirts and cloth and paints to make banners.

What is a campaign team and what do I do if I don’t have one?

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.

Will I get an extension on my dissertation so I can focus on campaigning?

We work with the University to encourage schools to provide extensions for students participating in the Leadership Race - just chat to us if you have any concerns.

What happens if I win?

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.

Sounds good, what dates do I need to know?

Nominations are open now and close 09 February.

Voting takes place from 26 February - 01 March.

The results will be announced on Results Night in Pyramid Theatre on Friday 02 March.