Mature Students' Officer Role

Mature Students' Officer By-Election 2019/20

Nominations for this election are NOW OPEN. Just click on 'Stand in Election' to put yourself forward! This election is for the position of RUSU Mature Students' Part-time Officer. Nominations are open until 3pm, Monday, 14th October. If you have any questions, please contact us at

1 post is up for election.

Nominations close at 15:00 on Monday 14 October 2019 (in 3 weeks and 2 days)

The polls open at 08:00 on Tuesday 15 October 2019 (in 3 weeks and 2 days)

Post List
Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

RUSU defines a mature student as any undergraduate student who started their course aged 21 and over, or any postgraduate student who started their course aged 25 and over and self-defines as a mature student using RUSU’s website.

RUSU also considers students who self-define as having being financially independent for three years prior to the start of their undergraduate course; as having caring responsibilities and or as care leavers, as mature students.

What's the role?

Representing Mature Students’ interests within the:

  • Union
  • University
  • NUS Mature Students’ Conference

Mature Students By-Election

Election timeline

Nominations open Friday 20st September
Week 0

Log in to the RUSU website, using your university username and password, to nominate yourself for the Mature Students’ Part-time Officer.

Submit your Manifesto and photo Monday 14th October
Week 3

Candidates for Mature Students’ Part-time Officer MUST submit a 250-word limit manifesto/photo online to complete their nomination.

Nominations close Monday 14th October
Week 3

Candidates MUST complete their nomination online by this deadline.

Candidates announce they are running in the elections Monday 14th October
Week 3

Candidates are encouraged to announce they have nominated themselves at this point.

Voting opens Tuesday 15th October
Week 3

Log in to the RUSU website to vote online.

Voting closes Friday 18th October
Week 3

Log in to the RUSU website to vote online.

Complaints Friday 18th October
Week 3
Complaints should be made to Chief Executive, Deputy Returning Officer (ask at RUSU Reception)
Count Friday 18th October
15:30pm – 17:00
Week 3
Election results are counted.
Results Monday 21st October
Week 4
Election results will be published here.
Winner’s Event Wednesday 23rd October
18:00 - 20:00
Week 4
All winners are invited to come along to our Winner’s Event in Monterey Lounge, RUSU Building.

What's involved?

You will be acting:

As a Contact

  • Key point of contact for Mature Students
  • Signpost students to the relevant services
  • Engage International students with the Union’s democratic functions
  • Refer postgraduate students with academic issues to the relevant Postgraduate Students’ Officer

As a Campaigner

A campaign can consist of events, initiatives and projects

  • Run campaigns that create positive change
  • Plan awareness raising events and activities
  • Work with the Postgraduate Research and Taught Students’ Officers’ on improving the student experience of postgraduate students

As a Representative

Represent Mature students’ interests within the union, university and nationally by:

  • Attending university committees
  • Speaking up at Student Voice
  • Engaging at the NUS Sections Conference

All for the benefit of Mature Students

What’s in it for me?

  • Great networking opportunities both within the university and outside
  • A chance to create positive change for current and future Mature students
  • Build valuable relations with academic staff
  • Develop skills and get experience future employers will notice
  • Meet new people

Am I eligible?

If you self-define as a mature student and are enrolled on a course during the academic year nominations are held then yes, you are!

  • Undergraduate student aged 21 or over on the first day of their course.
  • Postgraduate student aged 25 or over on the first day of their course.
    NOTE: In order to run as a postgraduate, please ensure that you self-define as a mature student.

How do I get this role?

You’ll need to nominate yourself for the role when elections open. You’ll need to submit a short manifesto detailing what you’d like to change as Mature Students' Officer. We have written a guide on how to write a great manifesto.

Download Part-Time Officer role description and time commitment