Run for AUSU Council!

Do you want to get involved with your Athabasca University Students’ Union?

Make your student voice heard during a time when Athabasca University navigates their way through government funding cuts and changes to the Alberta post-secondary system.

Athabasca University has approved a 7% tuition fee increase for 2020-2021, with potential 7% increases for 2 more years. The students on AUSU council will sit at the table with the AU administration, influencing the decisions being made regarding your fees.

Athabasca University is proposing major online infrastructure changes to the student experience. Be on the forefront of what your academic experience at AU will be like in the near future. AUSU student advocacy is not just about Alberta – it impacts all AU students across Canada and around the world.

If you are interested in advocating for students, being a part of an amazing team of AUSU staff and councillors, creating an AU student community, and taking your student experience to the next level, then run for AUSU council!

There are 13 council seats available, which will be elected during the AUSU general election held February 25 to March 2, 2020.

Any AUSU member can run for council, no matter where they live or what they study. Since AU students are all distance learners, councillors can work remotely from all over the world, and most council work is done through email and teleconference.

Benefits of being on AUSU student council include: 

  • Opportunity to advocate on behalf of Athabasca University students.
  • Helping to create and foster an Athabasca University student community composed of distance education learners around the world.
  • Becoming part of a dedicated and amazing team of AUSU staff and council that serve the needs of the AU student body. 
  • Opportunity to provide services and support to AUSU members. 
  • Opportunity to learn more about the management of your university, and post-secondary education on a provincial and national level. 
  • Governance training and experience, including how to develop goals and strategic plans, approve a budget, read and revise policies, conduct meetings, vote on motions, and more. 
  • Opportunity to work on AUSU committees and help guide and direct the organization. 
  • Paid honorarium for attending meetings ($75 per council meeting and $50 for committee work for councillors without portfolio, unless otherwise specified in the committee terms of reference). 
  • Bringing your AU student experience to the next level and getting involved, no matter where you live!

Additionally, benefits for councillors who are elected to an executive position include: 

  • Extensive work experience. 
  • Opportunity to earn income while completing AU studies, including an honorarium equivalent to $23 per hour (30 hours per week for the President, and 25 hours per week for the Vice Presidents), along with benefits.
  • Opportunities to travel numerous times per year.
  • Providing student representation on Athabasca University board and committees, as well as with various AU stakeholders and the provincial and federal governments. 
  • Additional training and hands-on experience with highly knowledgeable staff, provincial and federal advocacy groups, and networking with fellow university student leaders in Alberta and across Canada. 

To run for council, submit the completed Nomination Package to the AUSU 2020 Chief Returning Officer, Bailey Daines, at [email protected] between January 24 – February 7, 2020.

What do AUSU councillors do?

AUSU councillors represent Athabasca University undergraduates students and advocate on their behalf. They also guide and direct the students’ union organization through its mission, vision, and values. Councillors attend council and committee meetings by teleconference, develop strategic plans, policies, bylaws, an annual budget, and more. Councillors serve for a 2-year term.  You can find out more about councillor responsibilities in the following AUSU policy:
– AUSU Policy 2.14 Councillor Responsibility and Honoraria

In addition, three executive positions are internally elected every year from the elected councillors. The executive positions consist of the PresidentVP External and Student Affairs, and VP Finance and Administration, with competitive remuneration. You can find out more about the executive positions in the following AUSU policies:
– AUSU Policy 2.03 Responsibilities of Executive Officers 
– AUSU Policy 2.15 Executive Accountability and Compensation.

The day-to-day operations of AUSU are run by a dedicated team of 5 staff members (3 full-time, 2 part-time), but the organization is student-led by the elected council and executives.

AUSU would love to have you on the team – submit a nomination form to run for AUSU council by March 2, 2020 at midnight MT.

For more information about the AUSU 2020 General Election, visit the website here.


For more information about councillor roles, responsibilities, and honorarium, please review section 2 of the AUSU policy manual.

For more information about AUSU elections and election procedures, please review section 3 of the AUSU policy manual.

For any other questions about the 2020 General Election, contact the 2020 Chief Returning Officer, Bailey Daines, at [email protected].