Can I Run?

If you are an Undergraduate students not in the final year of your course, or  a Postgraduate still completing research or study, you still put yourself forward to be a full time officer, as long as you are an eligible student. An eligible student is someone who is currently studying or in the process of achieving their degree or research at Lancaster University.

UNDERGRADUATES

Successfully elected undergraduate students who are mid-way through their course will need to apply for intercalation.

POSTGRADUATES

PGT: As a postgraduate taught student you can either decide to delay your studies or the Union can be flexible around you completing your studies. This means that while you are completing your dissertation during July-September we will be more flexible about your hours and the number of meetings you need to attend.

PGR: As a Postgraduate research student you can apply to suspend your research while you undertake the full time officer election as long as have the support of your supervisor and sponsor. If you have questions about this please ask the postgraduate co-ordinator in your department.

If you are successful in the election and you defer your studies, it means your course will be put on hold for one academic year. In practice this means you could be a full-time officer from July to the end of June the following year then return to complete your course in July as a Researcher or October as a Taught student.  PGR students may return to their studies immediately after completion of a full-time officer post.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

(Please note this information is for general guidance about your rights and responsibilities and does not constitute immigration advice. If you require more details about your rights or what action to take then please contact the lusuadvice@lancaster.ac.uk)

International students are currently able to undertake roles as Students’ Union sabbatical officers. However, there are immigration implications which you must be aware of if you are thinking of standing for election. Remember that all immigration applications made within the UK must be made before the expiry date of your current visa.

If you are a sponsored student, you will need to discuss your plans with your sponsor before standing for election to a sabbatical post as there may be implications for the terms of your sponsorship.

If you want to take a sabbatical year during your studies, you should talk to your department or academic supervisor in case there are implications for your academic progression.

The following guidance is based on your current visa being either a student or Tier 4 visa. If you have a different kind of visa, you should not assume that these options are available to you. Please speak to an adviser at the International Office to discuss what options might be open to you.

If your current visa expires after the election period, you would need to apply for further leave to remain (extend your visa) in the UK under Tier 4 which is the student immigration route. The University will provide you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) giving details of your sabbatical year. You will then be given time in the UK as a student to complete your sabbatical. If you stand for re-election and are re-elected, you can apply for a further period of Tier 4 permission.

If your current visa expires before the election period, you will not be able to apply from within the UK under Tier 4 to cover your sabbatical year as you will not have been elected until after your visa expires. This means that the only option for you is to return to your home country before the expiry date of your visa and apply to return to the UK under Tier 4 if you are elected. This will mean that you won’t be in the UK for the elections so it might lessen your chances of being elected.

UNDERGRADUATE

If you are an Undergraduate student and are elected for a sabbatical year during your studies,the University will report this to the UK Border Agency as a change to your circumstances as it will affect the end date of your course. You will then need to make an application for further leave to remain (extend your visa) to enable you to complete your studies once your sabbatical year is concluded.

If you are an undergraduate student and wish to do a sabbatical year at the end of your studiesyou will need to apply for further leave to remain in the UK under Tier 4, which is the student immigration route. The University will issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) giving details of your sabbatical year. You will then be given time in the UK as a student to undertake your sabbatical. If you stand for re-election and are re-elected, you can apply for a further period of Tier 4 permission.

TAUGHT POSTGRADUATE

If you are a taught postgraduate student, your visa will usually expire in the January following the completion of your course. You will not have the option to do a sabbatical year during your studies as most Masters courses only last one academic year. You will need to think carefully about your immigration options before standing for election as the elections will take place after your visa expires. You will therefore need to return to your home country before the expiry date of your visa and apply to return to the UK under Tier 4 if you are elected. This will mean that you won’t be in the UK for the elections so it might lessen your chances of being elected.

RESEARCH POSTGRADUATE

If you are a Research Postgraduate student and wish to stand for election you will need to think carefully about your immigration options.

If you are a Research Postgraduate student and are elected for a sabbatical year during your studies, the University will report this to the UK Border Agency as a change to your circumstances as it will affect the end date of your course. You will then need to make an application for further leave to remain (extend your visa) to enable you to complete your studies after a sabbatical year.

If you are a Research Postgraduate student and wish to do a sabbatical year at the end of your studies you will need to check the timetable for elections as compared to your visa expiry date. If these dates overlap it may limit your options.

 

GRADUATING THIS SUMMER

If you are currently in your final year then you just need to be an eligible student. If you are successfully elected, you will be able to complete your Undergraduate degree on schedule, full time officers don’t take up office until July.

 

FLEXIBLE WORKING

Union is a very flexible organisation and therefore your hours can be flexible. We can also help you to make alternative arrangements to support you in your caring responsibilities. We can also help to make sure your working environment is fit for purpose.