Elections FAQs

Nominations for the March 2020 President Elections will open online via hulluniunion.com/nominatenow. Nominations are now open until Friday the 21st of February. 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. This stage is simply putting your name forward and you do not need to submit a manifesto at this point. Manifesto training will be available on Wednesday the 26th of February, once nominations are closed.
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. 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”. The deadline to submit this by is 12 noon on Friday 28th February. You must have already nominated yourself by Friday 21st February in order to do this. 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. A manifesto training session will be run on Wednesday the 26th of February to offer useful tips and guidance as well as useful data about students you may wish to use. The manifestos will go live on the website on Friday 28th February.
There will be an all candidate meeting on Friday 21st February. It is mandatory for each candidate to attend the all candidate meeting.
There will be a manifesto training session on Wednesday the 26th of February to offer useful tips and guidance as well as useful data about students you may wish to use. There will also be a campaign training session on Tuesday 25th February to offer information on how to plan your campaign.
Campaigning officially starts at 2pm on Friday the 28th of February. Make sure to plan in advance when and where you want to campaign – it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
You can spend up to £90 on your campaign. 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 12 noon on Friday 6th March.
There will be a Question Time for all candidates on Monday 2nd March and voting will open just after the event finishes. 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 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 Friday 6th March and will then subsequently be published online. Bring your campaign teams along and enjoy the end of a fantastic campaign period.
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.