2019 Sabbatical Election and Constitution Referendum


Take time to vote on your representatives each Spring to voice your rights and concerns at the GSA. The Sabbatical team are essential in making sure the student voice is heard at GSA and GSASA! The vote happens once a year in the Vic Bar and every vote counts.

This year, we are also asking you about updating our Constitution. We believe these changes will improve GSASA’s overall governance and effectiveness for its members (you!), its sabbatical officers and its staff. More about that below.

Read on for more information about the Election process, the proposed Constitution changes, key dates and more information about the Sabbatical roles and how to stand for election.

Voting happens on Thursday 2nd May, 9am-5pm, in the Students’ Association.


Outside of Glasgow?

For students outside of Glasgow, there will be a 24 email voting period starting 12AM GMT (Midnight), Wednesday 1st May.

More information on voting by email will be available after the spring break.

Candidate Speeches and Questions

Candidate speeches and questions will be held the evening before the elections, on Wednesday 1st May, 6pm. The speeches and questions will be streamed online, and students will be invited to email in their questions, or ask them on the night.

Constitution Referendum

This year, the Students’ Association wants to update and change its Constitution. We believe these changes will improve its overall governance and effectiveness for its members (you!), its sabbatical officers and its staff. The key change that we are proposing, and are asking our members to vote for, will lead to the creation of a new Board of Trustees. We believe these changes will improve GSASAs offer for its members, continue the good work that GSASA already does on behalf of its members, and provide consistency for the Association’s staff. It will confirm and improve the place and effectiveness of the Student Representative Council in key areas such as student programming, student funding and student societies.

You can find out more information about the proposed changes by reading our Constitution Guide.

Learn more about the Sabbatical roles

Student President

The Student President works with GSA and the Students’ Association to the benefit of students across the school, across academic and welfare issues. They contribute to and influence learning and teaching strategy and student welfare matters across the school. They lead the Sabbatical Team to publicly represent the student voice, and advocate and campaign on issues which matter most to students. They promote student involvement in the Students’ Association and support and develop student led structures like the SRC and Student Representation Roles across the school.

Keywords: Representation, Activism, Strategy, Negotiation, Education, Advocacy, Campaigning, Welfare, Equality, Policy.


Events Convenor – Vice President

The Events Convenor – Vice President responds to emerging needs and issues raised from student body,  through the programming of social, learning and professional practice events and projects. They work with students to develop student led events and projects. They support students to develop their professional practice outside of the curriculum, particularly through supporting student fundraisers and activities. They also programme and curate talks, performances, workshops and discussions in the Students’ Association and are responsible for the curation and delivery of the Degree Show Party. They promote student involvement in the Students’ Association and support and develop student led structures within the Association like the SRC.

Keywords: Representation, Programming, Facilitation, Curation, Education, Welfare, Extra-Curricular, Professional Practice, Community.

Interested in running for a position?

Campaigning begins on Thursday 18th April.

Nominations close on Thursday 25th April at 5pm.

Collect a nomination pack from the Student Engagement Team at Project Space 3 in the Assembly Building. For students beyond Glasgow, email studentengagement@theartschool.co.uk

Email or pop in with any questions about the process.

Remember: you must be a member of GSASA to vote in the Elections and the Constitution Referendum and to stand for a position

Many students will have opted in to GSASA Membership during annual online enrolment, but you can join any time.

Download the membership form here [Canvas] and email it to studentengagement@theartschool.co.uk


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