Being elected gives you fantastic experience! You'll develop new skills, increase your confidence, and get to know other students. It can kick-start your career, open doors, and give you opportunities you never knew existed!
The roles available
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 week. They do not study at the same time. They will hold office for the next academic year so 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 Time Officer and then re-commence your course once you have served your year of office. It is for this reason full-time officers are sometimes called ‘Sabbaticals Officers’ or ‘sabbs.’ They will be paid approximately £23,000 for the year.
Part-time Officers are roles which students are elected to which they do alongside their studies and they have to fit around their studies. They are not paid.
Student Council members are part of Student Council, the main discussion and debating forum within the Students’ Union. It is made up of students elected via a number of different constituencies across the university such as society reps and student academic representatives. Ten Student Council seats are elected for the upcoming academic year.
NUS Conference delegates represent London Met students at the annual National Union of Students conference. The current MetSU President automatically goes to the conference, leaving two seats to be elected. One of these must be a woman in accordance with NUS policy. Travel and a food allowance will be funded by the students' union. Accommodation and other meals will be funded by the NUS.
Interested in more than one position?
You may stand for one full-time position and if you wish one part-time position. You can also stand for Student Council member and NUS Conference delegate. You can also just stand for one (or two or three) of these positions.
Can I stand for President and Full-time Officer for my school?
No, because they are both full-time roles
Can I stand for Part-time Officer for my school and Part-time Women’s’ officer?
No, because they are both part-time officer roles
Can I stand for Full-time Officer for the GSBL & Human Sciences and for Part-time Officer for Human Sciences?
Yes. You can mix a full-time and part-time role.
Can I stand for Full-time Officer for the GSBL & Human Sciences, Part-time Officer for Human Sciences, for a Student Council seat and an NUS Conference delegate position?
Wow! Yes if you wish!
Can I just stand for NUS Conference Delegate?
Applying to be a candidate
Log in to our website and visit www.londonmetsu.org.uk/elections during the nomination period and follow the instructions to stand as a candidate. Make sure you check the nomination deadline and leave yourself enough time to submit your nomination.
You will need to add:
- Personal details i.e. name, your ID number and email
- Photo of yourself (just head and shoulders is best) which will appear on MetSU election publicity and on the voting page
- Names and details of your two proposers. These are two different students who are willing, publicly, to support your application. When submitting your nomination you will need to enter their name and ID number. Make sure they have agreed to be your proposer first as we will be checking! Please do not use staff for this.
- Your slogan. This is a short sentence to summarise your campaign. You will be able to submit short slogan to support your application. You only have five words or less so be creative! Slogans are useful and are used a lot in campaigning and promotions. You might have heard of a few – ‘People’s vote’ ‘Just do it’ ‘Yes we can’ ‘Make America Great again’ ‘Every little helps’
- Your proposal / manifesto (you can come back later to complete this after you have submitted your nomination if you wish). This is a statement which outlines why students should vote for you and what at you hope to achieve if you are elected. It can be up to 500 words long. Make sure you check the deadline for submitting your manifesto. We'll give you training and advice to write your manifesto at the candidate briefing events.
If you have any problems or need any help with your nomination email email@example.com
To hold any Full-time Officer position you need to have completed a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check before taking office (we'll arrange this for you when elected). This is a standard request for jobs like this and is part of our election bye-laws. If you have any questions about this just get in touch with us.
If you are not sure which school you belong to then ask one of your academic staff as they should know. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can check. Some joint degrees may fall between two different schools. When you log onto the Students’ Union website and click ‘stand for position’ it will tell you which positions (and therefore which school) you are eligible to stand for. If you think you should be in a different school then email us on email@example.com
Final year students can stand for a Full-time Officer position (including President) or to be an NUS Conference delegate. However you can’t stand for the part-time positions or student council unless you are going to be a London Met student in the next academic year as that is when you will take up office.
First year students can stand for any position.
International students often serve as full-time officers and are eligible for all of the positions. You should seek clarification and advice from the University's International Students / Visa Team about your visa: firstname.lastname@example.org - email@example.com
Campaigning is what you do to convince students that they should vote for you.
Think about what might convince you to support someone running for election and what would put you off?
By far the best way to convince someone to vote for you is through ‘word of mouth’ which means engaging someone in conversation, explaining what you believe in, what you will do if elected and listen to what student have to say.
You might also want to use social media, posters, fliers and t-shirts as part of your campaign.
Candidate briefings are events all candidates must attend. These are fun events where you will be able to meet the elections team, hear about the elections process, receive campaigns training and receive other hints and tips. You will also run through the rules and regulations which govern the election, which must be respected by candidates and their supporters. You will also get a chance to meet the other candidates and to ask any questions.
You can't campaign until after the final candidate briefing has taken place. Do not campaigns with posters, flyers, anything physical or anything online until then. You can or course talk about you candidacy to others verbally at any time.
Candidate Question Time (sometimes known as ‘hustings) is opportunities for candidates for full-time positions to make a speech,take questions from students and debate issues with other candidates.
The rules and regulations for the elections come from the SU’s governing documents and specifically by-laws 10 & 11.
Full information, training and on-going support is available to all candidates.
Support for candidates
Most students who take part in our elections have never stood in an election before. We provide you with lots of training and support and are there to assist you throughout the process. We have application briefings, candidate briefings, campaign training and manifesto workshops plus informal advice and support available to all candidates. We also provide chill out rooms!
Not sure if you could do it?
Standing in a union election is lots of fun and a great opportunity to learn more about yourself and develop useful skills such as confidence building, interpersonal, communication and organisation skills. It is also a chance to meet new people and make new friends. You will gain these skills whether or not you are elected! Its win-win!
Get more information by coming along to one of our informal application briefings. These are when you can get some more information about the union, find out about the roles up for grabs and ask any question all no-obligation.
How does voting work?
Students vote online by logging in to the union website with their London Met details. You can vote for yourself if you're a candidate :)
We use STV (Single Transferable Vote) which allows voters to 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 and is considered to be more representative that ‘first past the post'.
What happens if I win?
Most roles start in July and last for a year (though the part-time officers and Student Council members don't usually have to do much until the new academic year starts in September).
The NUS Conference delegates attend the Conference as a one off event. This is usually held in March or April.