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. All those elected will take up office from 1st July 2019 to 30th June 2020 with the exception of those elected as delegates to the NUS Conference who attend the conference from 9-11th April 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 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 yout term of office, or in the case of elected NUS delegates, for at least the duration of the Conference i.e. 9th-11th April 2019.
When do nominations close?
Friday 1st March 5.00pm sharp
When is the actual voting?
Tuesday 19th 10.00am – Tuesday 26th March 2019 5.00pm
How will students vote?
Voting will be online with a roving polling station also at the University campuses.
What positions are to be elected?
see Roles page
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 - 35 hours week. They do not study at the same time. They will hold office for 2019-20 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 FT 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 an honorarium of £23,082 (subject to review)
What are Part-time Officers?
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Council seats
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 2019-20 academic year in March 2019.
NUS Conference 2019
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 9th-11th April in Glasgow, Scotland. Travel and a food allowance will be funded by the SU. Accommodation and other meals will be funded by the NUS.
How many positions can I stand for?
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 the CASS 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?
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?
How do I submit a nomination?
Login to this page via the top-right corner and then follow the instructions above where it says ’How do I submit my nomination’. If you have any problems or need any help with your nomination email email@example.com
You will need to have the following handy:
- Personal details i.e. name, your student ID number and email
- High quality 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 two proposers
- Your proposal or manifesto (you can come back later to complete this after you have submitted your nomination if you wish.
When is the deadline?
The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 1st March 2019. Please note it may take you longer to submit your nomination than you realise, so leave enough time.
Who are your two proposers?
They need to be two different students who are willing, publically, to support your nomination. When submitting your nomination you will need to enter their name and student ID number. Make sure they have agreed to be your proposer first as we will be checking! Please do not use staff for this.
What is a manifesto?
A manifesto is statement which outlines what you hope to achieve if you are elected. It can be up to 500 words long. The deadline for submitting your manifesto is on the 10th March. Come along to one of our manifesto writing workshops during week commencing 4th March (see website for details) for some hints and tips.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org it will then be checked and you will receive authorisation via email. You must make sure you have added both the below, which are available on the website, onto all your posters and other publicity:
- Included the SU logo on your poster
- Include the ‘please recycle me’ logo on your poster
Full information on this will be made available to candidates nearer the actual election
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. We are also running informal female only nomination briefings. All information is available on the website.
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 gain these skills whether or not you are elected!
Where can I get more information?
Come along to one of our informal ‘tea and chat’ nomination briefings, which are taking place throughout the nomination period. These are when you can get some more information on the SU, find out about the roles up for grabs and ask any question all no-obligation. We are holding woman only nomination briefing sessions. Please above for dates and times.
What are Candidate Briefings?
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. 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.
What is a slogan?
A short sentence to summarise your campaign. You will be able to submit short slogan to support your nomination. You only have five words or less so be creative! Slogans are useful and are used allot in campaigning for 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’
What does campaigning involve?
In short, 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 social media, posters, fliers and t-shirts as part of your campaign.
When can I start campaigning?
After the final candidate briefing is finished i.e. 6pm on Thu 7th March 2019 you can start campaigning. Do not campaign with posters, flyers, anything physical or anything online until then. You can or course talk about you candidate to others verbally 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 details of when and where. The candidate question time will be filmed and the footages made available to all students via youtube.
Candidate Question-time: Wed 13th March 5.00-7.00pm at the Holloway Students Union
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 (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 2019-20 as that is when you will take up office.
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 email@example.com and we can check.
I am a first year student, can I stand?
Can I vote for myself?
I am planning to stand for election myself. Is it allowed for me to nominate or second another candidate?
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: