Below you can find a list of common questions people have around elections, so if something’s not covered elsewhere on the website, it probably lives here! It’s also a one-stop shop for key information, so even if you don’t have a specific question in mind, it’s worth a read. If your question isn’t on here, please feel free to email us.


Key dates

Nominations open
3 April 2023

Nominations close
30 April 2023

Voting opens
2 May 2023

Voting closes
4 May 2023

How do I run for a position?

To nominate yourself, all you have to do is click ‘Stand’, complete the information, and submit your nomination.


Am I eligible to run?

If you are a fully paid member of the student group in question and a current Royal Holloway student (and will be a current RHUL student in September) then you are eligible to run for a committee position. Please note, associate members are not eligible to stand or vote in the election.

Can I run for more than one position?

You can only hold one role on a group's committee at once. If you run and win multiple positions, you will be given the position in the order of importance below:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Any other position

You can hold a position on multiple committees at once (i.e. you could be President of American Football as well as Treasurer of Pokémon Society) but we do advise that you think about the time you need to dedicate to a role and do not overburden yourself.

Do committee members need to purchase a group membership?

Yes, committee members are not exempt from the requirement to purchase a group membership in order to run in the election.

How do I upload a photo and manifesto?

You will be able to upload a photo and manifesto at the point you nominate, you can also do this at any time until 4pm on Monday 1 May. The photo can be added by clicking the 'upload' button and following the steps outlined. The manifesto can be edited by clicking on the edit manifesto button and writing the information as you see fit. Please note there is a maximum word count of 400 words.

When do nominations close?

Nominations close at 23:59 on Sunday 30 April.

When does voting open?

Voting opens at 10:00 on Tuesday 2 May and closes at 12pm (midday) on Thursday 4 May.

When will the results be announced?

Results will be announced at 4pm on Friday 5 May.

What happens if I win?

You will be contacted by the Student Opportunities team on any next steps and training for your new role.

Where can people vote?

Voting is open from 2-4 May and all votes are cast online through the Students’ Union website.

What is the process if I can't access the voting system?

First of all you need to check that you are a member of the Students’ Union. You can look through our login guide or contact the Assistant Returning Officer at studentopportunities@su.rhul.ac.uk.

How do I make a complaint about the elections process?

All complaints are considered by the Students’ Union Elections team. To submit a complaint, please complete the online form.

Submit complaint