Below you can find a list of common questions people have around elections, so if something’s not covered elsewhere in 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
15 April 2019

Nominations close
3 May 2019

Voting opens
13 May 2019

Voting closes
15 May 2019

When do nominations close?

Nominations close at midday on Friday 3 May 2019.

When does voting open?

Voting opens at 10am on Monday 13 May and runs until 5pm on Wednesday 15 May.

Am I eligible to run?

If you are a fully paid member of the student group in question then you are eligible to run for a committee position.

Can I run for more than one position?

You can only hold one role on a group's committee at once. Even if you run and win multiple 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.

How do I run for a position?

You can run by nominating yourself using the online survey. All that's needed is for you to fill out some details and we'll take it from there.


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 voting opens at 10 on 13 May. The photo can be done 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. .

What happens if I win?

You will find out the results of the elections on Friday 17 May - 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 Election team. To submit a complaint please complete the online form.

Submit complaint

What do we mean by 'allowing students to cast their votes in private'?

We understand that candidates would want to make the process of voting easy and simple. However, they have to make sure that each person has the chance to vote for whoever they want. This means that candidates may not use phones, tablets, laptops, or any other personal device for students to cast their votes. Candidates must vote of their own accord, and a five metre no-campaigning zone is in place around any voting station. Giving them a chance to sit down is a great way of making sure they have enough space and privacy.

Where can people vote?

Voting is open from 13 - 15 May and all votes are cast online through the Students’ Union website.

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 a 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 contact the Elections team.