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Elections FAQs



Nominations for the March 2018 elections will open online via from Wednesday 27 February 2018, 9am until Wednesday 6 March 2018, 5pm. You must submit your nomination within this 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 Student Officer 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 Student Officer position and that includes both taught and research postgraduates. Many other Unions have Student Officers who have graduated from their postgraduate degree or are taking a break from their studies – so if you’re considering this, go for it!
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. Dates will be announced closer to the time. The candidate briefing meeting will take place on Friday 8 March, 3-5pm in MR 1 (first floor, Student Central). All Student Officer candidates must attend, all other candidates are strongly encouraged to attend as well. We will give you tips on campaigning, run through the election process and answer any of your questions.
Campaigning officially starts after the close of the All Candidates meeting on Friday 8 March. Make sure to plan in advance when and where you want to campaign – it’s a marathon and not a sprint. Campaigning ends with the close of voting on Friday 15 March at 5pm and all publicity must be removed by that point.
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 by HUU. 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 Student Officer candidates which will take place in the form of a debate on Monday 11 March.
Voting takes place online between Tuesday 12 March, 9am and Friday 15 March, 5pm on 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% of the total votes, then the candidate with the lowest numbers is eliminated. This process carries on until a candidate gets 50% of the votes. So being someone’s second preference might still mean you win your election. All positions will have the option to vote for ‘RON’, which means Re-open Nominations. If RON wins, then the election will be ran again at a future date.
Results will be announced on Friday 15 March and will 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 at For any further questions, get in touch with our Assistant Returning Officer (ARO), on [email protected] or by calling 01482 466246. For further information and updates, we also recommend joining our Facebook group for candidates.​

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