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.
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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, submit the form, and we’ll take it from there.
When do nominations close?
Nominations close 7 February.
When can I start campaigning?
Candidates can begin campaigning after attending the compulsory candidate briefing on 21 February.
When does voting open?
Voting opens on 9 March and runs until 11 March.
Am I eligible to run?
If you are a member of the Students’ Union (you’re automatically one unless you have opted out) then you are eligible. Undergrad, postgrad, first, second, third year, international student, mature student; anyone can run!
Can I run for more than one role?
A little known fact is that you can run for multiple roles, but only in certain circumstances. Some roles even complement each other, such as the Vice President roles and NUS Delegate, so it’s worth considering running for more than one role.
Here’s a table to tell you what you can and can’t run for.
*The President is automatically elected as the Union’s NUS Delegate.
What happens if I win?
Congratulations! We’ll be in touch shortly after the results night to let you know what to expect over the coming months ahead of starting in your role as a Sabbatical Officer in June.
What kind of support is available?
The Students’ Union is able to provide a variety of support. You can find various guides on the Candidate Hub, and workshops and training will be run in Spring Term. Full-time staff members will also be on hand to assist you during the campaigning process.
When is results night?
Results night will be held on the evening of Wednesday 11 March.
Can I nominate a friend?
Yes! If you think a friend would be suited to a role, you can nominate them using our 'refer a friend' survey. We’ll do the rest.
How many people can I have on my campaign team?
As many as you’d like! Past candidates have usually had a small core team in charge of different areas (social media, ideas etc.), with a larger team for canvassing and campaigning.
How much is the candidate’s budget?
Each full-time candidate has a maximum spend of £50, and each part-time candidate can spend a maximum of £20. Candidates may not exceed this spending.
How much is the candidate’s printing budget?
Each candidate, both full-time and part-time, can request up to £10 in printing. This works out at about 100 A4 black and white posters or 50 A4 colour posters.
Can student groups endorse candidates?
No, student groups cannot endorse candidates in an official capacity.
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.
Do the other candidates stand a chance against an incumbent?
Every candidate stands a chance; just because the incumbent won one election doesn’t mean they will win another, especially if students don’t think they have done a good job.
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.
The Students’ Union will operate ballot stations to allow students free and fair access to vote during the elections period, these will be overseen by SU staff at all times.
Where can people vote?
Voting is open from 9-11 March and all votes are cast online through the Students’ Union website. There will be three ballot locations around campus - at the SU, outside The Hub, and in the EWD Building.
What is the process if someone can't access the voting system?
First of all they need to check that they are a member of the Students’ Union. They can look through the logging in guide here if they are having problems, or contact the Assistant Returning Officer.
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