So you want to run for sabbatical..?

The Five Steps to Success!

  1. Speak to the current Officer in the position that you are interested in
  2. Attend the election information events
  3. Find yourself a campaign manager and begin planning
  4. Get your nomination form in on time
  5. Ready, set, go on the 12th of February!

Leadership Race Nomination Form


Kevin: “Deciding to run for Sabbat is scary. It can be difficult to put your head above the parapet and go for it. But it’s absolutely, unquestionably, worth it. Anyone can run - whether you’ve never done anything with the SU before, or you’ve been involved for years. This was my first elected position in the SU, and it’s great to have fresh faces and new perspective on things. The leadership races are all about what you think the SU should look like - If you like what the Union has been doing, great! Run to develop on it. If you don’t, run to change our focus. Either way, run - you absolutely will not regret it.”

Alice: “It took months of encouragement for my friends to convince me to run. Now I wonder why I didn’t just go for it earlier. Running for sabbat was thrilling - exciting and scary all at once. The campaign period really makes you step up and become a better you. You learn how to put yourself out there, speak about your passions and meet wonderful people along the way. The position of Education Officer is arguably the least well known positions on the team. It’s something different everyday. You can go from helping students one-on-one to the technical side of things and SU procedure in one day. You can be helping run elections and referenda one minute and sitting on College’s most vital committees the next. With a job as diverse and fast-paced as this, the year is just flying by! Could it be you next year?

Damien: “I really had to convince myself to run for this. I kept having doubts of not being good enough for the job. However, the way to think about this job is that you want to help other students have an easier time here. Fundamentally, you are helping students through campaigns, initiatives and casework. I was worried about “I don’t know enough about x” or “I have no experience in y” but really if you go in with the intention of pushing yourself so that you can help other students, it’s really hard to do a bad job.”

Úna: “I absolutely love my job. There’s no denying the challenges and stresses which come with it but the freedom within the role makes it all worth it. If you are a creative and determined individual you will suit this role perfectly. It is probably one of the more diverse officerships in the skills which it demands, ranging from design work to professional business meetings to just having fun on social media! All in all, if you love fonts and being social this is the job for you!”

Jonah: “Making the decision to run for a sabbatical position has been one of the greatest and wildest decisions I’ve ever made. It is a very challenging role however I have found it to be hugely rewarding in terms of personal development. If you believe you’re genuinely interested any of these positions, be sure to arrange a meeting with the officer in the position you would like to run for!”

Taking the reins of Ireland’s largest student newspaper is no mean feat: students across the country look to The University Times for the best journalism out there. It requires someone with a passion for journalism, an indepth knowledge of Trinity’s bureaucracy and higher education, as well as a commitment to the future of The University Times. As Editor, you’ll work long days and nights, lose weekends and be constantly on the search for the next big story. It’s incredibly rewarding, but difficult and challenging. Think before you run and make sure you come and talk to me or a previous editor: it’s a tough job, but hugely important.

Important dates


Looking for inspiration?
Here’s last year’s winning manifestos

And remember, you don’t have to be involved in the SU to run! The elections are open to all students and we encourage those from a diverse range of backgrounds to consider themselves for sabbatical position!

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