News: Sabbatical Officer candidates announced A record number of candidates have been announced in this year’s University of Portsmouth Sabbatical Officer elections. Thirty candidates have nominated themselves in the election to battle it out for the five Sabbatical Officer positions. The five paid positions are: President, VP Education & Democracy, VP Sport, VP Welfare & Community and VP Activities. The shock announcement came from the nominations for Vice-President for Welfare and Community which has 11 candidates running, compared to just five last year. This is the most nominations for a single position there has ever been within the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union outshining last year’s record of 6 full candidates running for Vice-President for Activities. Meanwhile, there are four candidates running for the Presidency. Newcomer Bryan Buxton-Barnor has nominated himself against three current Sabbatical Officers Grant Clark, Cat Redding and Perry Taylor. Candidates will have the chance to answer questions from each other and the student body during set Question Time debates. First to put forward their case will be candidates for VP Welfare and Community on Monday 4th, followed by VP Education and Democracy candidates on Tuesday 5th March. Wednesday 6th March will see candidates for VP Activities battle it out, while Thursday 7th will let the two VP Sports candidates, Peter Bashford and current AU Exec Chair Richard Glover take their questions. The final debate will be Friday 8th from 5pm in the Student Activity Centre between Presidential candidates. Campaign week will kick off on Monday March 11th with polling stations opening to take your vote from 10am and closing at 6:30pm on Thursday 14th. All students are eligible to vote at polling stations around campus or at www.upsu.net. The results will be announced at the live election night event on Friday March 15th hosted in the Waterhole Bar in the Students’ Union. Pure FM will be streaming the event live at www.purefm.com from 8pm. The five Sabbatical Officers are elected at the end of each academic year to represent students across the university, earning a minimum £18,000 for their year. For the latest updates on the UPSU elections 2013 and to listen live to election night and question time debates visit purefm.com.