What are the Students’ Union elections?
The Students’ Union elections take place annually in March. We will be electing a number of full and part-time positions. Those elected will take up office from 1st July 2018 to 30th June 2019. 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 some positions are ring-fenced allowing only students studying in a certain hub (comprising of one or two schools) to stand for election.

If elected to a Hub Committee or Student Council role you must remain a student for the duration of you term of office, or in the case of elected NUS delegates, for at least the duration of the conference i.e. 27th-29th March 2018.
 

When do nomination close?
Friday 16th February 5.00pm sharp

When does the voting take place?
Tuesday 6th March 10:00am - Tuesday 13th March 2018 5:00pm
 

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. This FAQ documents is designed to be an accessible and ‘plain English’ guide to elections:

http:/www.londonmetsu.org.uk/elections
 

What positions are to be elected?

The below table lists all the positions and information on the positions which will elected in March 2018:

 

Position

Number to be elected

Who can stand?

Who can vote?

Full-time Officer - CASS

1   

any current CASS student

any current London Met student

Full-time Officer – Guildhall School of Business & Law (GSBL)

1   

any current GSBL student

any current London Met student

Full-time Officer – Schools of Computing and Digital Media & Human Sciences (CDM & HS)

1   

any current SCDM &HS student

any current London Met student

Full-time Officer – Schools of Social Sciences and Professions (SS & SP)

1   

any current SCSS&SP student

any current London Met student

 

 

 

 

Hub Committee members - CASS

3   

any current CASS student

any current CASS student

Hub Committee members - GSBL

3   

Any current GSBL student

any current GSBL student

Hub Committee members – CDM & HS

3   

any current SCDM & SHS student

any current GFBL student

Hub Committee members – SS & SP

3   

any current SSS & SSP student

any current SSS & SSP student

 

 

 

 

Student Council members

10   

any current London Met student

any current London Met student

NUS Conference delegates

3   

any current London Met student

any current London Met student

 

 

If you are not sure which school you are in or would like clarification please email the Elections Team on elections.su@londonmet.ac.uk and state your name, student ID number and course.

 

What are Full-time Officers?
Full-time Officers are Trustees of the Union. If elected you will need to pause your studies for a year, sometimes called taking a ‘sabbatical’ and work full-time as a Students’ Union Officer from 1st July 2018 to 30th June 2019. If you are about to graduate then you can serve as an officer the year following your graduation. They are sometimes called ‘Sabbatical Officers.’

They will be paid an honorarium of. £22,626 for the year and work on a full-time basis, which is 35 hours a week. Please note that while you may only stand for election as Full-time Officer for the school you study in, all students across the university can vote in all four sabbatical elections.
 

What is a 'school'?
Each student at London Mt is a member of one of six schools e.g. Guildhall School of Business and Law. They use to be called 'faculties'
 

What if I study across two different school?
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 elections.su@londonmet.ac.uk


Why can students from other schools vote for the Full-time Officer for a different school which they don't belong to? For example I am a CASS Student who is thinking abut standing as Full-time Officer - CASS. Why is it that other schools students can also vote for this position?  
Our elections are run in accordance with the 1994 Education Act. The act states that paid Full-time (Sabbatical) Officer positions must be elected on a cross campus basis which means all students have a vote. 


Why is it that for the Hub Committee position only students from that school can vote then?
Because these position are not paid, the 1994 the Education Act does not apply. 

 

President
The President is not elected as a specific position in its own right. All candidates who are nominated for the Full-time Officer positions will be entered into a separate presidential poll, the highest polling successful full-time candidate elected President.

 

I can’t nominate myself for President – help!
All candidates who stand for any of the Full-time Officer positions will automatically be added to the ballot paper for the Presidential Poll. So don’t worry, as long as you have submitted a nomination for one of the Full-time Positions you will automatically be entered for the Presidential Poll.

 

Hub Committee Members
Hub Committees are made up of students who study in a particular school(s). They work closely with the full-time officer for their school(s), organise and coordinate student representation on the ground. These are part-time voluntary positions which are carried out alongside your studies. You may only stand for election to the Hub Committee for the school you study in. 

Please note that at least one self-defining female student must be elected to each Hub Committee. During the counting of the votes, they will be counted in such a way as to ensure that (at least) one female student is elected to each Hub Committee. See section 2 of bye-law 10 for clarification of the voting process.


Student Council
Student Council is 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 2018-19 academic year in March 2018.

 

NUS Conference 2018
London Met Students’ Union is permitted to send four delegates to the National Union of Students annual conference. The existing SU President automatically goes to the conference, leaving three seats to be elected. The conference runs from 27th-29th March 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. Travel and a food allowance will be funded by the SU. Accommodation and other meals will be funded by the NUS. Accommodation in Glasgow will also be provided for the evening of 26th March due to the length of the journey it is not practical for you to travel on the 27th. 

Please note that two out of three of those elected must be a self-identifying woman. This will be calculated in the same way as the ring-fenced positions for female students will be calculated in the Hub Committee election (see above). Please note this is a stipulation of the NUS rather than of the SU. 


How many positions can I stand for?
You may only stand for one of the four Full-time Officer roles – the role for the school you study in. Apart from that you can stand for any other position you are eligible for. Please note if you stand for a Full-time Officer role and a Hub Committee member role are elected to both, you must take up the Full-time Officer role, you cannot opt to take on just the Hub committee member role.

 

How do I submit a nomination?

Visit the SU website elections page (see below), login and then follow the on-screen instructions. You can then submit your nomination(s) and upload your manifesto and jpeg photo via the website.

http://www.londonmetsu.org.uk/elections/

If you have any problems or need any help with your nomination email elections.su@londonmet.ac.uk.

 

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 16th February 2018. Please note it may take you longer to submit your nomination than you realise so leave enough time. You have to have everything completed by 5.00pm. You will need to have the following handy:

 

  • Personal details i.e. name, ID number and email
  • Jpeg photo of yourself. A photo of just head and shoulders is best. This photo will appear on SU election publicity and on the ballot paper
  • Names and details of your prosper and seconder (see below)
  • You manifesto (see below)

 

What are proposers and seconders?
Two different students who are willing, publically, to support your nomination. When submitting your nomination you will need to enter the name, ID number, email and telephone number of your proposer and seconder when prompted. We will be contacting them to double check so make sure they agree to this before you submit your nomination.

 

What is a manifesto?
A manifesto is statement which outlines what you hope to achieve if you are elected. It must be no longer than 500 words long. It is best to write your manifesto before you submit your nomination, you can then copy and paste it into the online nomination form. 

 

What about posters, fliers and other campaign publicity?
You might want to produce some campaign literature as part of your campaign. This is fine but you will need to get anything you produce authorised by the SU elections team. To do this you will need to send it to elections.su@londonmet.ac.uk it will then be checked and you will receive authorisation via email. You must make sure you have included the SU logo on you publicity, which is available here https://www.londonmetsu.org.uk/logo/

Some candidates like to produce a short video to support your candidature. If you upload your video onto youtube and send the link to elections.su@londonmet.ac.uk then we will place the link next to your manifesto on the SU website so student can watch your video as well as read your manifesto.

 

I have never stood in an election before – what help is available?
Most students who stand in an SU election will never have stood in an election before! The SU will provide you with lots of training and support and be there to assist you throughout the process. We have nomination briefings, candidate briefings, manifesto workshops, campaign training and informal advice and support available to all candidates.

 

I’m not sure if it’s is for me, I might lose!
Standing in an SU 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 have the opportunity to gain and develop these skills whether or not you are elected. 

 

Where can I get more information?
Come along to one of our nomination briefings. These are informal meetings where you can find our more information and ask any questions. It is a chance to have an informal chat with Students’ Union staff and officers and learn more about the election and the positions to be elected. There is no obligation and you will be committing to nothing, so pop along and have a chat:

 

All the below sessions are the same so you only need to attend one:  

Tuesday 6th February 1.00-2.00pm and 5.00-6.00pm GSG-17b, Goulston Street (off the Atrium), Aldgate  

Wednesday 7th February 1.00-2.00 and 5.00-6.00pm in Students’ Union Building, Holloway

Thursday 8th February 11.00-12.00 in MG3-20, Moorgate and 5.00-6.00pm in MG2-15, Moorgate

 

When can I start campaigning?
Not yet! Campaigning is permitted after the final candidate briefing has taken place on Thu 22nd February 6pm 
 

What are Candidate Briefings?
Candidate Briefings are events all candidates must attend (you need to attend just one briefing) . 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.  We will also run through the rules and regulations which govern the election, which must be respected by candidates and their supporters. They will also be a chance to meet the other candidates and to ask any questions.
 

Candidate Briefings & Campaigns workshop: Tuesday 20th February 11.00-1.00pm GSG-17B Goulston Street, Aldgate
Candidate Briefings & Campaigns workshop: Wednesday 21st February 1.00-3.00pm Students Union office, Holloway (TBC)
Candidate Briefings & Campaigns workshop: Thursday 22nd February 4.00-6.00pm  MG3-15, Moorgate



What are social media basics training sessions?

These are optional training session arranged for candidates to get some tuition, hints and tips on the basics of how to use social media (facebook and twitter) for campaigning 
 

What does campaigning involve?
In short, campaigning is what you do to convince student 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 social media, posters, fliers and t-shirts as part of your campaign. Please note that campaigning is only permitted after the final candidate briefing has concluded (6pm on Thursday 22nd February) this includes using posters, fliers and any other similar material and also any on-line and social networking campaigning.  ‘Word of mouth campaigning i.e. talking about the election and telling people you are standing is fine at any time.

 

What is candidate question-time?
Candidate Question Time (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. Candidate Question time takes place at Holloway. See timeline for detail of when and where. The candidate Question-times will be filmed and the footages made available to all students via youtube.

Candidate Question-time Thursday 1st March 5.00-7.00pm in the Students’ Union Building, Holloway

 

Who and what are the Returning Officers?
The Returning Officer is the person who is responsible for ensuring the elections are conducted fairly, democratically, and in accordance with all the relevant rules and procedures.

 

  • Returning Officer: Peter Robertson, National Union of Students
  • Deputy Returning Officer: Eddie Rowley, Student Voice Coordinator (Engagement & Campaigns)
     

The Elections team is made up of full-time Student Union staff. The Returning Officers and the elections team should be contacted only via elections.su@londonmet.ac.uk 

 

What are DBS Checks?
To hold any Full-time Officer position you need to have completed a Disclosure & Barring Service check before taking office. If you have any questions regarding this please get in touch. The Students’ Union will arrange this for those elected. For information on this please see election regulation bye-law 11 section 1 vii.

 

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 NUS and is seen more representative that ‘first past the post.’

 

I am a final year student, can I still stand in the election?
Yes, you can stand for a Full-time Officer position or to be an NUS Conference delegate. However you can’t stand for the part-time positions (Hub Committee and Student Council seats) unless you are going to be a London Met student in 2018-19.

 

How do I know which school I belong to?
If you are not sure which school you belong to then ask one of your academic staff as they should know. Alternatively email elections.su@londonmet.ac.uk and we can check.

 

I am a first year student, can I stand?
Yes
 

Can I vote for myself?
Yes
 

I am planning to stand for election myself. Is it allowed for me to nominate or second another candidate?
Yes

 

Can I nominate and second the same candidate?
No, you can do one or the other but you can’t be someone’s proposer and seconder.


After i log in it still says I am not eligible?!

If you are stuck then email elections.su@londonmet.ac.uk with your name and ID number and we will advise you. If you are a new student (February 2018 starter) this might be why. Email us and we will help you.