Vice-President (Graduates)
In February, you voted in #OUSUelects to pick your new OUSU Sabbatical Officers for 2017/18 - students who will represent you to Oxford University.
This year, we had no candidates for Vice-President (Graduates).
As a result we're running a By-Election in Trinity Term 2017: Nominations open ONLINE on Thursday 27th April (1st Week TT) at noon.

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Vice-President Graduates By-Election 2017

We're looking for our next VP Graduates for 2017-2018 who will work to represent the 48% of students, on both Masters and DPhils, at Oxford University. Graduates are at the heart of academic and research life within in university and colleges, and we want to make sure your voice is heard.

1 post is up for election.

Nominations open at 12:00 on Thursday 27 April 2017 (in 4 weeks and 1 days)

The polls open at 08:00 on Tuesday 16 May 2017 (in 6 weeks and 5 days)

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Why Run for Vice-President (Graduates)?
Graduate students, both Masters and DPhils, make up 48% of the student population at Oxford University. However, Oxford is set up to favour undergraduate study, focusing on the 8-week terms and devolved authority across colleges and departments. Grads are consistently under-represented, and your needs (both academically and in terms of wellbeing) are often marginalised. That's why the role of Vice-President (Graduates) at OUSU is so important. 


The existence of this position is a significant statement on our behalf as your Students' Union that we are here to fight for students at all levels of study. Graduates are at the heart of the academic and research life of the University and colleges, and this role exists to make sure your voice is heard. If you feel passionately about improving the state of graduate study at Oxford, this is how you can make change.

Becoming VP Graduates
As VP Graduates you would be responsible for the representation of postgraduate students (alongside international, mature, part-time students, and student parents/carers) to the university and external audiences. VP Graduates also represents graduate students in academic affairs, contributes to the development of policy relation to graduate issues while also facilitating international and mature students orientation events.

£18,940 per annum, 37.5 hours, 2 Worcester Street, Oxford, OX1 2BX, 24 days of personal leave
Extra Notes For Candidates
Candidate Expenditure
Each candidate can reclaim a proportion of their campaign expenditure from OUSU Reception at the close of the election (Thursday 18th May 2017, 6 Week, TT).
All candidates are subject to a strict expenditure limit of £60 - please keep ALL reciepts throughout your campaign.
Receipts must be submitted to the Returning Officer no later than 45 minutes after voting closes.

Worried about money?
We don't want anyone to feel they can't stand due to financial restraints. If you're having difficulty raising funds for your campaign, please email Josh (OUSU Democratic Support Officer) at to see how we can help

  • Candidates are reminded that, if elected, they will become a trustee of OUSU as a charity and company directors. This means that you have a legal responsibility to ensure that OUSU is well run.
    (If you are in any doubt about your eligibility to act as a trustee - contact Josh (OUSU Democratic Support Officer) at prior to nominating)
  • Please carefully read the Charity Commission guidance.
  • Please note candidates must comply to article 13.2 before nominating.
  • There are some circumstances that may prevent a person from being a trustee - these can be found in the terms and conditions.


If you think you could fight on behalf of your fellow graduates, we recommend you get in touch with our current (and wonderful) VP Graduates Marina Lambrakis on - Marina can cover what's involved, current projects and developments, and future planning.
Alternativly, if you know someone who you think would be great as your representative to the University, tell them so!

Once you've submitted your nomination, print off the Information Pack (everything is covered there), and check you have done everything on the checklist:

Final Nomination Checklist
Once you've submitted your nomination online remember you will also need to do the three things below:

  • Fill out the permission slip which you'll need both your tutor and supervisor to sign. This will come in an email after you submit your nomination or you can download the form here.
  • Add the candidate briefing on Thursday 4th May at 5pm to your calendar (this is the compulsory meeting for all nominees). 
    You will need to bring:
    - Your passport, VISA, or Right to Work Documents
    - Your BOD Card
    - Your signed permission slip (mentioned above).
  • You will also need to email your manifesto and campaign slogan to: by noon, Thursday 4th May when the nomination period ends.

If you have any questions drop Josh (our Democratic Support Officer) an email to: or alternativly email the Returning Officer at