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Do you have a specific question, or just want to know more? You may find your answer here.

Considering standing for election, but need to know more? Below are some of the most frequently asked questions. If yours isn’t listed, we’re happy to talk. Contact us on su.elections@ucl.ac.uk and have a look at the position profiles found in the nomination page for each role for more details. 

TL;DR international, all current students (including international, postgraduate and first year) students are able to stand too

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What positions are currently open for nominations?

A: There are multiple positions currently open and they can be split into different categories:

Union Council:

Disabled Students’ Officer 

Faculty Representatives

Halls and Accommodation Representatives

Mature and Part Time Students’ Officer

Officer for Students with Caring Responsibilities

Committees (Multiple vacancies within each committee):

BME Students

Disabled Students

International Students

LGBT+ Network

SSEES

Womens Network

Other:

NUS Conference Delegates

Student Trustees

To find out more about all of the positions to be elected, to view positions profiles and to nominate yourself, click here

 

Q: Do I have to write something to support my nomination?

Students standing for election will need to write a statement of support about what they want to achieve and why students should vote for them. This is sometimes referred to as a manifesto. Keep it simple; you should try and lay out what it is that you hope to achieve, so take some time to think about what inspires you, why you have chosen to run and what is realistic. Don’t fall into the trap of making unrealistic promises, or just bad-mouthing your opposition.

We’ve put together a guide to writing a manifesto to help you along, and will cover some tips in our Thinking of Standing sessions. 

Q: Can I get help to make my campaign better?

A: We can offer advice and support to help you learn skills that will help you on the campaign trail. You’ll find out about the support and resources available at the Candidates’ Briefing on 15 October. If you have any queries about campaigning, you can email su.elections@ucl.ac.uk

Q: When do elections take place?

A: There are two rounds of elections each year, one in the Autumn and the other is in the Spring. The elections schedule for the upcoming Autumn elections is here. 

Q: How do elections take place?

A: Elections take place online. Students vote via the Students’ Union UCL website, where they are able to read your statement of support and access anything else you may choose to add to your candidate profile.

Q: Who can vote for me?

A: Everyone who is eligible to stand for a certain position, is able to vote for that position. This is determined by factors such as how individuals self-identify, their faculty, their halls etc

Part-Time Officers & Representatives

Q: Do you get paid as a Part-Time Officer/Representative?

A: Part-Time Officers do not get paid, but you will be able to claim expenses for work such as travelling to conferences and delegate fees. The Union provides a series of budgets which Part-Time Officers can access – you won’t have to pay your own money to do your officer role!

Q: What is the time commitment for a Part-Time Officer/Representative?

A: The amount of time you put in depends on how much you want - and are able to give - to the role. There are some meetings that you need to attend, such as Union Council but for the most part your workload is down to you. The position profiles will have more details about the amount of meetings required for each role in more detail. Your study and personal life doesn’t need to - and shouldn’t -  suffer because of the role. You also have the option of running for a part-time position as a job-share with another student.

Q: Can you share the role with another person?

A: You have the option to share the role with another student. To do this, you must stand with someone else as a joint candidate. In the elections you would be classed as a single candidate. If elected to a role that sits on Union Council, you would only have one vote, and if one chose to resign then both members would have to step down from the role.

In the current elections, these are the roles that can be shared by two students: 
Disabled Students’ Officer
Faculty Reps 
Halls Accommodation Representative
Mature & Part-time Students’ Officer
Officer for Students with Caring Responsibilities
SSEES Officer

To discuss this in more detail, please email su.elections@ucl.ac.uk

Q: Can I stand for more than one position? 

A: You can only run for one position that is on Union Council (you may however run for committee positions and NUS Delegates on top of your Union Council position). You cannot be a Union Council member and a Student Trustee. 

The Union Council Positions currently being elected are:

 

Q: Will there be training and opportunities for personal development?

A: Yes, plenty. As a Part-Time Officer you will receive training which will cover a number of areas and skills including assertiveness, public speaking, working in a team and more. You will gain more experience just from being in the role. There will also be the opportunity to go to events and conferences relevant to your officer role as well as opportunities to work on projects that you are passionate about. 

Still have questions? Email us at su.elections@ucl.ac.uk

Committees

Committees help run liberation or academic networks. Each committee has a number of different roles within in, each being responsible for a different aspect of the network.

There are currently positions available on the following committees (to see the vacancies available on each committee, click here and refine the search by selecting the appropriate category found in brackets below)

  • BME Students (BME Network)
  • Disabled Students (Disabled Students’ Network)
  • International Students (International Students’ Forum)
  • LGBT+ Students (LGBT+ Students’ Network)
  • SSEES (SSEES Section)
  • Women (Women’s Network)

 

Q: What does a committee position consist of?

A: The demands of a committee position will vary. A committee serves to run the network and it’s activities, with each committee member having different responsibilities to help this happen. The position profiles will tell you more about the different roles and what they do.

Q: Do you get paid to be on a committee?

A: Committee positions are not paid roles. Each network will have a budget to use for projects and events, you will not be expected to use your own money to fund activities. 

Q: Can I run for more than one committee position?

A: You may run for multiple committee positions across the different committees, as long as you fit the criteria detailed on the position profiles. 

Q: What is the time commitment for a committee position? 

A: Ultimately, this will depend on how much time you want to -and are able to- give to your role. You will work with the rest of the committee to organise and achieve your activities together. The position profiles for the individual positions will give you an outline as to how many meetings you are expected to attend. Your academic and personal lives do not need to -and shouldn’t- be affected by the time spent completing your role. 

Important documents 

Take a look at these important documents if you are thinking about standing for election: 

Memorandum & Articles of Association (PDF)

Bye-Laws (PDF) (Election regulations are contained in the Bye-Laws)

Staff Student Protocol (PDF)

How to write a manifesto

Candidates’ Briefing 2018

Governance Structure - August 2013 (PDF)

Elections Budget Form (PDF version / MS Word version)

The voting system explained (Youtube video)