CANDIDATES AND SUPPORTERS MUST NOT START CAMPAIGNING UNTIL 1PM ON WED 22ND FEB!
What are Sabbatical Officers / Officer Trustees?
Full-time Sabbatical Officers are Trustees of the Union. If elected you will need to pause your studies for a year and work full-time as a Students’ Union Officer from 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018. If you are about to graduate then you can serve as an officer the year following your graduation. They will be paid an honorarium of £22,245 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 sabbatical officer for the school you study in, all students across the university can vote in all four sabbatical elections.
The President is not elected as a specific position in its own right. All candidates who are nominated for the sabbatical (full-time) positions will be entered into a separate presidential poll, the highest polling successful sabbatical is elected President.
Hub Committee Members
Hub Committees are made up of students who study in a particular school(s). They work closely with the Sabbatical 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 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 and Student Academic representatives. Ten Student Council seats are elected for 2017-18 academic year in March 2017.
NUS Conference 2017
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 25-27th April in Brighton. Travel and a food allowance will be funded by the SU. Accommodation and other meals will be funded by the NUS.
Please note that one of those elected must be a self-defining 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).
How many positions can I stand for?
You may only stand for one of the four Sabbatical 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 Sabbatical role and a Hub Committee member role are elected to both, you must take up the Sabbatical role, you cannot opt to take on just the Hub committee member role.
I am an International student, what about my visa?
See our: Advice for tier 4 visa holders (international students)
How do I submit a nomination?
Via this page. Scroll up and click on 'SUBMIT NOMINATION NOW'
If you have any problems or need any help with your nomination email email@example.com. The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 17th February. 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 on the 17th.
You will need to have the following:
- Personal details i.e. name, ID number and email
- Jpeg photo of yourself no more that 4GB in size. 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 proposer and seconder (see below)
- Your Manifesto (see below). You are permitted to complete your manifesto after nomination have closed though.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org it will then be checked and you will receive authorisation via email. You must make sure you have included the SU logo on your publicity, which is available here https://www.londonmetsu.org.uk/logo/
Some candidates like to produce a short video to support their candidature. If you upload your video onto youtube and send the link to email@example.com then we will place the link next to your manifesto on the SU website so students 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!
You have nothing to lose and lots to gain, whether or not you win. 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?
Attend one of our nomination briefings. These are informal meetings where you can find out 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. Dates and times of nomination brefiings will be posted on the above time-line duiring week beginning 30th January.
What are Candidate Briefings?
Candidate Briefings are events all candidates must attend. At these events the Returning Officers will run through the election process and provide campaigning and other tips to candidates. We will also run through the rules and regulations which govern the election, which must be respected by candidates and their supporters. There will also be a chance to meet the other candidates and to ask any questions.
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 students have to say. You might also want to use social media, posters, flyers and t-shirts as part of your campaign. Please note that campaigning is only permitted after the final candidate briefing has concluded (Wed 22nd Feb) . This includes using posters, flyers and any other similar material including any online/ social networking campaigning. ‘Word of mouth campaigning (i.e. talking about the election and telling people you are standing) is fine at any time.
DO NOT START CAMPAIGNING UNTIL 1PM ON WED 22ND FEB!
What is candidate Question-Time?
Candidate Question Time (sometimes known as ‘Hustings) are opportunities for candidates for full-time positions to make a speech, take questions from students and debate issues with other candidates. Candidate Question times will take place at Holloway, Moorgate and Aldgate. See the timeline for details. The candidate Question-Times will be filmed and the footages made available to all students via Youtube.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
What are DBS Checks?
To hold any Sabbatical Officer position you need to have completed a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) 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 Sabbatical 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 2017-18.
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. 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. Can I nominate or second another candidate though?
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.
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