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

16 September 2022

Nominations close

9 October 2022

Voting opens

11 October 2022

Voting closes

13 October 2022

How do I run for a position?

You can run by nominating yourself using the online survey, which will become available when nominations open. All that's needed is for you to fill out some details and we'll take it from there.

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 23:59 on Monday 10 October. 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 9 October 2022.

When does voting open?

Voting opens at 10:00 on Tuesday 11 October and closes at 14:00 on Thursday 13 October.

Where can people vote?

All votes are cast online through the Students’ Union website at su.rhul.ac.uk/vote.

I can't vote, help!

First of all, you need to check that you are a fully paid member of the student group in question. You can do this by going to Account > Memberships - this will show you all the groups you own membership for. If the group isn't listed, you'll need to purchase a membership. If it is listed but you still can't vote, please email phillip.dowler@su.rhul.ac.uk.

What happens if I win?

You will find out the results of the elections on Friday 15 October - we'll publish all the results on the RHSU website and send them out in Friday's email. Once this has all been processed we will be in touch with details of the training you will be given in your new roles.

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