How to apply...

  • Basics of Applying


    Role Descriptions for the roles which are filled by application can be found on the recruitment portal under Leadership Roles.

    Make sure you read the role description as it contains everything you’re expected to do if you get a place representing other students.
    You’ll receive skills training and information to help you do the role before you start.

    The Application

    The online Application Form

    On the form are compulsory fields for your name, and your email address - this should match your student record and your email should be your University supplied address and not your personal email.

    There are five boxes to complete on every application form, and those boxes match the criteria given in the Qualities for Leaders values. Each box has a link in the title which will allow you to download more examples from other students, to help you complete each part of your application.

    Style Guide

    Be as short and concise as possible; while making sure you set out the detail using the STAR method.

    To ensure that our application process helps you gain skills even if you don’t get a place on the Subject Council, we’re using the STAR technique in our application process.

    STAR is an acronym, which stands for:
    S - situation,
    T - task,
    A - action undertaken,
    R - result.

    On any application form, but especially for employment in the future; you need to be able to demonstrate that you fulfil any essential requirements set out either on the job description or on a separate person specification.

    For application forms, always use the first person - i.e. “I did,” “I said,” “I was.

    Guides to download

    Download the Guide to Writing an Application

    Application Deadlines

    Staff Support (Contacts)

  • How to write an Application


    Any information you give should fit the STAR technique, and set out the following information in brief:

    Situation: Where were you? What were you doing / studying? What company were you working for when this example took place? Gives dates to show that your examples are up to date.

    Task: What were your duties and responsibilities? Were you working individually or part of a team? What were you looking to do/ achieve/ accomplish? Make it clear what you were responsible for.

    Action: Describe the action you undertook. Who did you talk to? What did you do? Did you research a subject or answer?

    Result: What happened in the end? What did you learn? What could you have done differently? This section is often missed out, but it is crucial that you can demonstrate the success of your actions, or reflect on why things did not go as well as anticipated and articulate what you would do differently next time.


    To prepare, you could write down five specific examples which demonstrate your understanding and experience of the desired behaviour and then use the STAR technique to make sure you’ve put in all the detail which is required.

    Example answers are linked on the Application Forms to help you.

    Scoring your Application

    Scoring of the applications will take place on an anonymised basis, and be carried out by Guild staff.

    The following scores will be used for each of the five values set out on the application form:


    0 - Did not use the STAR technique.
    1 - Basic use of the STAR technique, but missing some details.
    2 - Full and effective use of the STAR technique in the answers.

    Minimum score: 0
    Maximum score: 10 (2 points in five answers)


    0 - No example given.
    1 - Weak context given which doesn’t demonstrate the values fully.
    2 - Strong context which fully sets out an example of the values expected.

    Minimum score: 0
    Maximum score: 10 (2 points in five answers)

    For scoring we will not be judging the example you give; there are many ways of meeting the values required from Student Leaders and no single way is going to be right.


    The maximum score possible for applications would be 20.
    The applications will be ranked by score, from highest to lowest. This list will be used by the Subject Chair or VP Education; although neither of the elected Officers is absolutely bound to follow the scoring only and can use their own judgment on getting a good mix of representatives for the Subject Council by also considering the context of all answers given.
    Applications at this stage are still anonymous, so no personal characteristics will be used to separate applicants at any stage.

  • Apply now

    Online Applications

    Apply Now for Subject Rep

    Apply Now for PGR Rep

    Applications for Subject Reps and PGR Reps for 2019-2020 open on 16 September 2019.

    College Officer and Subject Chair roles are elected. Election nominations are now closed.

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