Key Dates

Nominations: Open at 9am on 22nd April. Close at 1pm on 6th May
Voting: 9am on 17th May - 6pm on 18th May. 

Results: 19th May

GENERAL
Q. What are by-elections?

A. By-elections take place to fill vacant positions. This By-Election will focus on filling Trustee Board, Student Council and Student Voice Forum positions.

 

Q. When will the list of students standing in the By-elections be announced?

A. The list of candidates will be made available a couple of days after the candidates briefing. All information will be published on the Students’ Union website ready for the voting period on Monday 17th May.

 

Q. What is Campaigning Week?

A. It's the time when Candidates put out their promotional material. It should tell you all about them and why they think they are to best person to be elected for their chosen job. It's actually longer than a week, but 'Campaigning Fourteen and a Half Days' doesn't have the same ring.

 

THINKING OF STANDING?

 

Q. Can I stand for more than one position?

A. Sometimes - it depends on the positions. You can stand to be a Student Voice Rep and a Student Council Officer, but any other combination is a no-no.

 

Q. What are the hours like?

A. Students Trustees, Student Council Officers and Student Voice Reps are all voluntary roles and come with varying time requirements. As a guide, you should set aside a few hours a fortnight for meetings, campaigns and projects. However, don’t let this put you off, all of the positions are flexible and should be more than manageable alongside your studies.

 

Q. When would I start?

A. Student Trustees would become Board members as soon as the results are announced. All other positions begin on 1st July. 

 

Q. Is there any training?

A. Oh, yes! Training is provided for all elected officers and representatives. 

 

Student Trustees get theirs first. Because of the legal responsibilities that they hold, it is quite intense, but we break it down into bite-sized pieces, so there will be a session on the structure of the Union, the finances, the Strategic Plan, the legalities of being a Trustee..........

 

Student Councillors and SVRs get training from 1st July onwards, incorporating more detail on your role, what is expected from you and how to get the most out of your time as a Union rep.

 

Q. What and when will I get paid?

A. Student Council Officers and Student Voice Reps receive a bursary of up to £500 at the end of the year. The amount you get depends on your role and your level of engagement.

 

Unfortunately, Student Trustees (under charities law) cannot receive payment of any kind, but what they get out of it in terms of experience and personal development, more than makes up for it.


 

BECOMING A CANDIDATE

Q. How do I stand for Election?

A. Standing for election takes a little effort, but is worth it. You and your supporters will need to complete some online forms and send them back to us by 1pm on the 6th May. If you follow the To-Do List for your chosen position, you can keep track of what's been done and what hasn't. Our advice would be to start getting things in early, especially the info that needs to come from your Nominator and Supporters - DON'T leave it 'til the last minute.

 

Q. Are there any rules?

A. There are a whole host of regulations that ensure the elections run smoothly; it would be wise to read them. There is an Elections Committee that oversees the process; it also handles complaints and has the authority to remove Candidates from the election. 

 

Q. When can I start campaigning?

A. Once you've been confirmed as a Candidate, you can start campaigning. Confirmation will ONLY happen after nominations have closed at 1pm on 6th May.

 


VOTING

Q. When and where can I vote?  

A. Voting will take place between 17th-18th May on the Students’ Union website. You can either go to the page directly, follow the link from UniLife or wait for an Elections Email to drop into your inbox.

 

Q. How does it work?

A. We operate a Single Transferable Voting system (STV). The most important aspect of STV is that you get to rank candidates in order of your preference, so if there are three Candidates for a position, you vote 1 for your favourite, 2 for the next and 3 for the Candidate you think is least likely to be able to do the job.

 

Q. Who is RON?

A. RON's full name is Re-Open Nominations and RON stands for all roles. The position exists so that you always have a choice, particularly in categories when there is only one other Candidate. If you don't think that the student Candidate is the best person for the job, then vote for RON. If RON wins, then we re-run the election with new Candidates.

 

Q. When will we know who's won?

A. The results will be announced on the Students' Union social media pages on Wednesday 19th May. Follow us on:

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