Elections

We're an organisation run by you, for you.

Elections take place in March and by-elections take place in October every year, where you vote to elect your fellow students into the following positions ready for the next academic year.

HOW NOMINATIONS WORK

ANYONE who's currently a student at the University of Hull can nominate themselves for a position in the elections – you just have to submit a nomination online.

For each election, the website is updated with all the necessary information for you to nominate. If you have a question, we'll provide you with any further information you need.

HOW VOTING WORKS

All registered students have the chance to vote in your elections.

Elections voting takes place online. The voting system is a transferable or preference voting system. This means that voters can rank the candidates in order of preference.

If no candidate gets at least 50% + 1 of the total votes, then the candidate with the lowest numbers is eliminated and their second preference votes are allocated to the other candidates. This process carries on until a candidate gets over 50% of the votes. So being someone's second preference might still mean that a candidate wins their election.

Got any further questions? Email [email protected].

Our next elections will be for volunteer Part-Time Officer positions, and will take place at the start of the next academic year. We will hold our next elections for the full-time paid President positions in spring 2022. Further details, including the dates of the nomination periods, will be announced during the summer. You must submit your nomination at hulluniunion.com/nominatenow within the nomination timeframe. Any nominations submitted past the deadline will not be accepted so make sure you submit in plenty of time to avoid being disappointed. This stage is simply putting your name forward and you do not need to submit a manifesto at this point. Manifesto and Campaigns training will be provided for anyone interested in running for a position once nominations are closed.

If you are elected to a President position in our spring elections, the University enrols you on a one-year course which means that you can apply for an extension of your Tier 4 visa. If you have any questions about the process just get in touch with us.

Every student can run for a President position and that includes both taught and research postgraduates. Many other unions have Presidents who have graduated from their postgraduate degree or are taking a break from their studies – so if you're considering this, go for it.

Yes. If you haven't graduated by the time you start your term as Student Officer, the University allows you to take a "Sabbatical" from your studies. Have a chat with your Personal Supervisor if you are unsure about any academic implications. You cannot, however, take on this role whilst continuing your full-time studies as it is a full-time paid position.

In order to run as a candidate you must submit your "Reasons for Standing" before the manifesto deadline. You have 1500 characters to explain to students why they should vote for you. Try to be as concise as possible and make sure you only promise realistic goals that you can achieve when elected. You will also be asked to submit a "blurb" which appears as a tag line next to your name during voting and is 100 characters in length. Training on how to write your manifesto will be provided in order to offer useful tips and guidance as well as useful data about students you may wish to use. 

Yes, there will be campaigns and manifesto training sessions to offer useful tips and guidance as well as useful data about students you may wish to use. Once you have submitted your nomination, we will share further details on how to access the training sessions, and offer you any more support that you may find helpful.

The campaigning dates will be announced closer to the elections dates. Make sure to plan in advance when and how you want to campaign – it's a marathon, not a sprint.

The maximum amount that President candidates can spend is £90, and for Part-Time Officer candidates the maximum amount is £15. All candidates are entitled to a full reimbursement of their allocated budget. All candidates must keep within their budget and submit all receipts to [email protected]ll.ac.uk before the deadline - this date will be included in the elections rules.

Voting takes place online at hulluniunion.com/votenow. The voting system is a transferable or preference voting system. This means that students can rank the candidates in order of preference. If no candidate gets 50% + 1 of the total votes, then the candidate with the lowest numbers is eliminated and second preference votes are allocated to other candidates. This process carries on until a candidate gets 50% + 1 of the votes. This means a second preference vote can win an election. All positions will have the option to vote for "RON", which means Re-Open Nominations. If RON wins, then the election will be run again at a future date.

Results will be announced publicly on Tuesday 20th April and will subsequently be published online. 

For any further questions, get in touch with our Assistant Returning Officer Team, through emailing [email protected].

Your Presidents are full-time, paid representatives of students at the University of Hull. As part of their role they also act as trustees of Hull University Students' Union, taking responsibility for the strategic direction of your union, its finances and governance.

Each President is responsible for a specific zone, supporting the Part-Time Officers in their zone to achieve their individual objectives whilst also working on joint projects.

PRESIDENTS ROLE DESCRIPTIONS
President of the Students' Union

Elected to lead Hull University Union and focuses on the democratic and governance structures of the organisation. The President oversees the work of the President Team and speaks on behalf of all students at the University of Hull to ensure that their voices are heard. See the full job description for President of the Students' Union here.

 

President of Education

Your President of Education's role is to help you with all aspects of academic life, from undergraduate to postgraduate. They're here to offer you support and representation in a wide range of ways, including through the Academic Rep system or by lobbying the University of Hull on your behalf. See the full job description for President of Education here.

 

President of Activities

Here to help you get the most out of your time at university by supporting and promoting Hull University Students' Unions huge range of societies, student media and RAG. See the full job description for President of Activities here.

 

President of Inclusivity & Diversity

The President of Inclusivity & Diversity represents students on issues of inclusivity and diversity, including being responsible for the policy, coordination and organisation of Hull University Students' Unions liberation representatives and relevant campaigns. See the full job description for President of Inclusivity and Diversity here.

 

President of Sport

Leads your Athletic Union and supports your 50+ sports clubs while offering you the best possible sporting opportunities at all levels. See the full job description for President of Sport here.

 

SPRING 2021 ELECTIONS RULES

All candidates and campaign team members must read and adhere to the elections rules.

USEFUL RESOURCES
ELECTION REPORTS
STUDENT VOICE TRIMESTERLY REPORTS

These reports summarise key priorities and feedback from students by trimester, including academic experience, mental health and wellbeing concerns, campaigns and changes brought through our democratic processes including Union Council, Referenda and Elections.

 
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