FAQs

Frequently asked questions

What is the Students’ Union Leaders election?

The Students’ Union Leaders election takes place annually in March. We elect a number of students to full and part-time leadership positions. All the leaders elected will take up office from 1st July 2022 to 30th June 2023 (with the exception of those elected as delegates to the NUS Conference who attend the conference from April 2022).

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 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 March 2022.

When can I vote?

Tuesday 1st March 9.00am – Friday 4th March 12.00 noon

How do I vote?

Voting will be online via our website. We may also run polling stations on the campuses if it is deemed safe in terms of Covid.

How will Covid affect this election?

At the time of writing (January 2021) it is our hope that the election will take place very much as usual, in a context of the University operating on-campus without the need for social distancing and candidates able to freely campaign, speak to students, hand out leaflets and cast their votes at physical polling stations around our campuses. Unfortunately this cannot be guaranteed as the pandemic situation can change very quickly (as we are all aware!). If needed the election may be entirely remote, with all campaigning and voting taking place online. Please keep an eye on this website for more updates.

What are proposers?

Proposers are other London Met students who are prepared, publicly, to support your nomination. You will need to ask them first if they are ok to do this and make sure you know their full name and student ID number. Some times they are called ‘nominator’ and ‘seconder’.

What are Full-time Officers?

Full-time Officers, as the name suggests, work 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 2022 and hold office for 12 months i.e. the 2022-23 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 are paid £24,400 (plus a to-be agreed cost of living increase).

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 2022-23 academic year in March 2022 election.

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What are the NUS Conference 2022 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 from 28-29th March 2022.

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Can I stand for more than one position?

Yes, you can apply for more than one position. However you can only apply for one of the full-time officer positions (which include President) and one of the part-time officer positions. You may apply for the Student council and/or NUS Conference delegate positions too. For example you could stand as President and as Disabled Students' Officer. You could not stand for President and Education Officer. This is because both of these are full-time positions. The maximum number of positions you could apply for is four - one full-time officer position, one part-time officer position, Student Council and NUS Conference delegate position .

How do I stand for one of the positions?

Once you have applied for one position you can continue submitting a separate application, juts follow the instructions on the screen. . You don't have to apply for all positions at the same time. You can log back in at a later date, just make sure you have completed all the applications you wish to by the deadline on 14th February 5.00pm.

Can my proposers be the same student for each position I apply for?

Yes.

What is a slogan?

A slogan is a simple 3 or 4 word sentence often used in political and other sorts of campaigning or marketing to get a message across quickly. Here are some examples: 'Just Do It' 'United We stand' 'Make America Great Again'.

When can I start campaigning?

You may start campaigning on Friday 25th February at 09.00am. You can of course chat about your candidature to others but please don’t post anything before then or do any physical campaigning.

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.

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.

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Can I vote for myself?

Yes.

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/about/ourpolicies/LMSU-Byelaws-Feb-2019-NEW-1.pdf

What does VP mean?

Vice President.

What does Equity mean?

The quality of being fair and impartial.

What does Polling mean?

Voting.

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