Frequently asked questions

What is the Students’ Union Leaders election?

The Students’ Union Leaders election takes place annually in March. We will be electing a number of students to full and part-time leadership positions. All the leaders elected will take up office from 1st July 2021 to 30th June 2022 with the exception of those elected as delegates to the NUS Conference who attend the conference from 6th-8th April 2021.

All students of the university are members of the Students’ Union, unless you have decided to opt-out. All currently enrolled students can stand and vote in the election although for some positions the participants are restricted to certain schools to self-identifying demographics. If elected to a part-time role or student council role you must remain a student for the duration of your term of office, or in the case of elected NUS delegates, for at least the duration of the conference in early April 2021.

When is voting?

Monday 1st March 9.00am – Friday 5th March 2.00pm

How do I vote?

Voting will be online via our website. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic the election will take place entirely online.

What are Full-time Officers?

Full-time Officers as the name suggests work on a full-time in the role that is Monday to Friday typically 9.00-5.00pm, so 35 hours per week. They do not study at the same time. They will take up office on 1st July 2021 and hold office for 12 months i.e. the 2021-22 academic year. If you are about to graduate then you can serve as an officer the year following your graduation. If you are not in your final year at present you can pause your studies for a year and take a ‘sabbatical’ year while you serve as a full-time Officer and then re-commence your course once you have served your term of office. It is for this reason full-time officers are sometimes called ‘Sabbaticals Officers’ or ‘sabbs’

They will be paid a salary of approximately £23,000

What are part-time Liberation Officers?

Part-time Liberation Officers are roles which students do alongside their studies. You don’t need to pause your course and they are not paid. Liberation Officers represent students who self-identify as a specific demographic. We use the term ‘liberation’ because we believe that working on these issues is about liberation – freedom from the oppression people face because of their identities.

What are the Student Council seats?

Student Council is the main discussion and decision-making forum within the Students’ Union. It is made up of students elected via a number of different constituencies across the university such as student society and student representatives. Ten Student Council seats are elected for the 2021-22 academic year in March 2021 election.

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What are the NUS Conference 2021 delegates?

London Met Students’ Union is permitted to send three delegates to the National Union of Students (NUS) annual conference. The existing SU President automatically goes to the conference, leaving two seats to be elected. The conference takes place online from 6th-8th April 2021.

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When can I start campaigning?

You may start campaigning at 10.00am on Wednesday 24th February after the final candidate briefing has taken place. You can of course chat about your candidature to others but please don’t post anything before then.

What is candidate question-time?

Candidate Question Times (sometimes known as ‘hustings’) are opportunities for candidates for full-time positions to make a speech and take questions from students and debate issues with other candidates. The candidate question time will take place remotely via collaborate or zoom, be recorded, likely live streamed and made available to all students e.g. via youtube/facebook.

What is STV (Single Transferable Vote)?

The voting system used by the Students’ Union. It means that voters express their preference for candidates by ranking them 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. Rather than using a single tick or cross. It is the recommended voting system of the National Union of Students (NUS) and is seen as being more representative than ‘first past the post.’ It is explained further in this video.

Can I vote for myself?

Yes

Is it correct that students in all London Met students vote for each of the Full-time Officer elections? So all students regardless of school vote for example for the Full-time Officer for Social Sciences and Social Professions?

Yes, the 1994 Education Act states that all elections for full-time Officers in the UK must be 'cross-campus' so all students vote for all the full-time positions

What are the rules and regulations?

The Students’ Union (SU) elections are run in accordance with the SU’s governing documents and specifically by-laws 10 & 11

https://www.londonmetsu.org.uk/pageassets/democracygovernance/governance/documents/LMSU-Byelaws-Feb-2019-NEW-1.pdf