Any Trinity student can run for a TCD Students' Union (TCDSU) Sabbatical Officer position or to be the Editor of the University Times (UT). You don't have to be involved with TCDSU or UT to run! You just have to be passionate about student issues or journalism.

Please note that if you are elected to be a TCDSU Sabbatical Officer/UT Editor, you will be required to take an intermission of studies. Make sure that you are fully informed as to what this would mean for you before you run. If you have any questions, contact Zöe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Leadership Race 2023

Nominations opened at 10am on Monday, 23 January 2023, and will close on Friday, 3 February 2023 at 5pm. 

At 5pm on Friday, 3 February 2023, all registered candidates will be announced on the steps of House 6 and on TCDSU Social Media by the secretary of the Electoral Commission. They will be required along with their campaign manager to attend a short briefing meeting.

Candidates will have two weeks to prepare their campaign. Campaigning will begin at 16:00 on Monday 20th February 2023, with Dining Hall Hustings. Campaigning will end at 16:00 on Thursday 2nd March 2023, with the return of results that evening.

All campaigning will be subject to the Election Regulations set out in Schedule 3 by the TCDSU Electoral Commission. That document will be published in January. If you have any questions please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


What Positions Can I Run For? What Would My Duties Be?

The duties of each TCDSU Sabbatical Officer and/or the Editor of the University Times are set out in the TCDSU Constitution. Click on the titles below to learn more about what you would be required to do if elected to one of the roles. As well as these duties, each TCDSU Sabbatical Officer has a list of mandates that they have to action under Schedule 4, e.g. the President is mandated to support and platform the TCD Against the 27th migrant rights campaign.

Schedule 4 of the TCDSU Constitution (also known as The Policy Manual) contains all Long Term Policies and Mandates passed by Referendum of the Student Body and by Council, respectively. It is managed and interpreted by the members of the TCDSU Oversight Commission, who also investigate any possible breaches of mandate and constitutional obligation.

If you're interested in running for a position, we highly encourage you to reach out to the current officer so that they can tell you about what their day-to-day looks like! Their contact details can be found here.

 

TCDSU President

As per the TCDSU Constitution, the duties specific to the role of President shall be:

a) To act as the primary representative for the members of the Union in the furtherance of the aims and principles of this constitution as laid out in Chapter 1 [of the TCDSU Constitution].

b) To act as the Chief Campaigns Officer of the Union; including but not limited to:

i. Acting as the chair of the Union Forum.

ii. Setting strategy for Union campaigns in conjunction with the Union Forum.

iii. Working with the Communications Marketing Officer to publicise all Union campaigns.

c) To represent the members of the Union on college committees including but not limited to:

i. The Board of Trinity College Dublin.

ii. Sub-committees, working groups and advisory groups of the Board where relevant.

iii. Any other external group that is relevant to the furtherance of these duties.

d) To act as the Chief Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of the Union; including but not limited to acting, with the Administrative Officer, as one of the co-treasurers of the Union.

e) To:

i. Manage Schedule 2 in consultation with the AO;

ii. Manage Schedule 5;

iii. Manage Schedule 8.

f) To act as liaison between the Union and external bodies including, but not limited to:

i. The Students’ Unions of the affiliated Colleges.

ii. The Central Societies Committee.

iii. The Dublin University Clubs and Athletics Committee.

iv. Any other external bodies relevant to the members of the Union

g) To maintain and improve Union services.

h) To assist the other officers of the Union in the execution of their duties.

TCDSU Education Officer

As per the TCDSU Constitution, the duties specific to the role of Education Officer shall be:

a) To act as the primary representative for the academic interest of the members of the Union and to act as the Union’s Chief Academic Officer.

b) To deputise for the President in their absence.

c) To chair the Education Committee and along with the other members of this committee to:

i. Ensure the maintenance and improvement of educational standards in College.

ii. Ensure the maintenance and improvement of academic student services in College.

d) To represent the members of the Union on College committees including but not limited to:

i. The Board of Trinity College Dublin.

ii. The Council of the University of Dublin.

iii. Sub-committees, working groups and advisory groups of the Board where relevant.

iv. Any other external group that is relevant to the furtherance of these duties.

e) To act as the secretary to and a non-voting member of the Electoral Commission.

f) To deal with the academic issues faced by the members both collective and individual.

g) To:

i. Manage Schedule 1;

ii. Manage Schedule 6;

iii. Manage Schedule 9.

h) To conduct Class Rep Training.

TCDSU Welfare & Equality Officer

As per the TCDSU Constitution, the duties specific to the role of Welfare & Equality Officer shall be:

a) To act as the primary representative for the welfare interests of the members of the Union.

b) To chair the Welfare Committee and along with the other members of this committee to:

i. Ensure the maintenance and improvement of non-academic student services in College.

c) To represent the members of the Union on College committees including but not limited to:

i. The Board of Trinity College Dublin.

ii. Sub-committees, working groups and advisory groups of the Board where relevant.

iii. Any other external group that is relevant to the furtherance of these duties.

d) To deal with the welfare issues faced by the members both collective and individual

e) In conjunction with the Union Forum to plan and implement campaigns for the benefit of the welfare of the members of the Union and to promote equality and diversity.

f) To ensure the fair representation of all student groups within the Students’ Union and College and to act as the Union’s chief equality officer.

TCDSU Communications & Marketing Officer

As per the TCDSU Constitution, the duties specific to the role of Communications & Marketing Officer shall be:

a) To manage the Union’s communications both internally and externally. This includes, but is not limited to:

i. The Union’s official press releases and internal communications.

ii. The Union’s online presence and online communication.

iii. Posters and other printed paraphernalia used to promote Union activity.

b) To act as the Union’s Chief Marketing Officer. This includes, but is not limited to:

i. Working with the Union Forum to ensure adequate sponsorship for Union activities

ii. Managing the Union’s branding and representations of the Union’s identity

c) To manage on a day-to-day basis, all Union publications with the exception of The University Times, as provided for in Chapter 10.

d) To manage Schedule 7.

e) To chair the Communications Marketing Committee and along with the other members of this committee to:

i. Ensure the maintenance and improvement of the Union’s communication services.

ii. Distribute Union Publications to the members of the Union.

iii. Develop communications and marketing strategies for the Union.

f) To keep an archive of the documentation of all Union meetings.

TCDSU Entertainments Officer

As per the TCDSU Constitution, the duties specific to the role of Entertainments Officer shall be:

a) To organise and manage entertainments for the members of the Union.

b) To assist the Class Reps in the organisation of entertainments for their constituencies.

c) To engage with internal and external voluntary groups towards fundraising activities.

Editor of the University Times

The election for the position of The University Times editor is co-ordinated by the Electoral Commission alongside the annual sabbatical officer elections. It is subject to election regulations as set out in Schedule 3. Any member of the Union may be nominated for the position of The University Times Editor. The Editor of the newspaper shall take an intermission of studies for their term of office.

The Union supports the publication of The University Times in the following ways:

i. Provision of financial resources towards publication and related expenses.

ii. Provision of a salary for the editor only, granted on a monthly basis during term.

iii. Provision of an office and adequate facilities for the publication of the newspaper.

As per Chapter 10 of the TCDSU Constitution, The University Times is guaranteed editorial independence from the Union. The Editor of The University Times must present a detailed fully costed budget to the Union Forum at its first meeting at the first meeting of the academic year. This budget can be accepted or rejected, but not altered by the Union Forum. Any profit generated by the newspaper will be available for the Editor to invest in the newspaper.


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Testimonials

Shane (President)

 

"Daunting, exciting, terrifying… but rewarding. Running for any elected position is never easy but what you learn of yourself and your abilities in the process can never be understated. Running for President gives you the opportunity to put forward your view for what the Union should be, what campaigns it should be running, how it should be representing students, and how you can bring something to the job. Representing over 18,000 students, overseeing the running of the Union, being primary spokesperson for the Union on all issues relating to students, and listening to students needs are just some of the tasks involved with being President. You have the opportunity to set the direction of the Union and the student movement in Trinity. If you have the passion, commitment, and are genuinely interested in affecting positive change for the students of Trinity, go for it!"

Aimee (Education)

 

"There's a lot of variety to the role of Education Officer; I usually say it can be split into through broad areas - casework, representation of students on committees and quality assurance work. The job (and election period) is challenging but always new and exciting! It's honestly really rewarding when you do help a student and I very much so enjoy the diversity of my work. Working on QA initiatives - from feedback to assessment and student partnership - is one of my favourite parts of the role, as you get to work on long term strategies that will have an impact for years to come. If you're passionate about improving the student experience, put yourself forward! Of course it can be scary, but is a worthwhile venture."

James (Welfare)

 

"The role of the welfare officer is very diverse - it involves a lot of one-on-one interaction with students and helping them get issues sorted, but at the same time a lot of it is implementing welfare campaigns and working on different committee initiatives. It can be difficult to juggle, but if you are driven by helping others then it is nothing but rewarding. Putting yourself forward can be nerve-wrecking, but if you feel suited to the job then the best thing you can do is get your ideas out there and make a change! Get in touch if you have any questions at all about the welfare role or running in general, I’ll be happy to help."

Paraic (Communications)

 

"Communications & Marketing is definitely one of the more diverse roles within the Union. One minute you are designing and branding entire campaign weeks, the next minute you are securing sponsorship for the students, and the next minute you are sending the Weekly Email to every student in college. You get to have fun with all the social media and you get to create some fantastic publications. There’s no doubt that it’s tough, and at points you’ll think that you’ll never want to see another font again, but the diversity of the job always keeps it interesting and keeps bringing you back! If you like design, social media, or sponsorship (or all three) this job would be perfect for you!"

David (Ents)

 

"Running for ents was 2 of the best weeks of my college life without a doubt. It’s a pretty incredible experience that gives you a wide array of experiences and skills that are hard to come by while studying. It’s been such a fun year and if you’re even considering running for it you 100% should. It’s very intense and a lot of work, its not a 9-5 job five days a week but will have you working past these hours and on the weekend, there’s little to no boundary between your work life and personal life which takes a lot of getting used to. This will challenge you more than you realise and you won’t be able to realise all your ideas, but it’s all worth it in the end as its such a rewarding, fulfilling job. There’s so much freedom to this job and lifestyle and it’s absolutely savage craic."

Elanor (The University Times Editor)

 

"Being Editor of The University Times is a great privilege. We always strive to be the number-one source of information for students and we aim to start conversations about all the issues that impact students and their lives. From mentoring students, to interviewing College officials asking the hard questions, to writing and editing high-level analysis or news pieces, the work varies so much from day to day. The Editor has a lot of trust placed in them, with sources confiding in them and readers trusting the information they are reading. With that comes a huge responsibility to ensure high-quality journalism. It’s not often you get an opportunity like this to run such a large organisation at such a young age – The University Times has a team of around 70 editors and many more writers and an average weekly readership of around 25,000. If you have a major interest in journalism, enjoy reporting things on a daily basis and fostering a team, you’ll really enjoy the year."

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