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Elections FAQs



Nominations for the 2019 October By-Elections and the 2020 March Elections will open online via Dates for next year's elections are to be confirmed. You must submit your nomination within the timeframe. Any nominations submitted past the deadline will not be accepted so make sure you submit in plenty of time to avoid being disappointed.  
If you are elected to a President position, 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 AST if you are unsure about any academic implications.
As part of your online nomination, you will be submitting your “Reasons for Standing”. 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 tag line next to your name during voting and is 100 characters in length.
We will hold some information sessions in Trimester 2 before nominations open where you can ask any burning questions about the different roles, rules and what it means to run a campaign and answer any questions you may have. Dates will be announced closer to the time. The candidate briefing meeting will take place directly before election campaigning begins. All President candidates must attend and all other candidates are strongly encouraged to attend. 
Campaigning officially starts after the close of the All Candidates meeting. Make sure to plan in advance when and where you want to campaign – it’s a marathon, not a sprint. 
If you are a Student President candidate you can spend up to £75 on your campaign. All other candidates may spend up to £15. All candidates are entitled to a full reimbursement of their allocated budget.. All candidates must keep within their budget and bring all receipts to the Assistant Returning Officer before the close of voting.
There will be a Question Time for all President candidates which will take place before voting opens. This is an excellent opportunity to highlight the changes you want to bring if elected and to encourage students to vote for you.
Voting takes place online at 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% 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 and will subsequently be published online. Bring your campaign teams along and enjoy the end of a fantastic campaign period. Dates TBC.
You can find detailed role descriptions for every position, the Rules & Regulations and other resources for candidates on our website here. For any further questions, get in touch with our Assistant Returning Officer (ARO), through emailing [email protected] or by calling 01482 466246. ‚Äč

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