FAQ: Thinking of Running for Election?
How do I get elected?
You will need to submit an online nomination form. You can find key dates here. Then you will need to campaign for students to vote for you. The candidate(s) with the most votes then win the election (more details about this below). Simple.
What's the Period of Office?
The period of office for all roles will be June 2020 to June 2021.
How do I tell the Union my self-definitions to become a candidate?
It's very simple once logged into the uea.su website please go to this page and it will direct you straight to the self-definition page. Click the appropriate box and press update, then return to the elections page and nominate or vote! A lot of positions are limited to those who define with the portfolio. Please do check these roles.
Use of social media
Due to the vast number of social media platforms it is no longer possible for the Deputy Returning Officer to monitor candidates’ use of social media. Candidates and their supporters are reminded that offensive or intimidating behaviour, or language, whilst participating in Students’ Union activities (e.g. elections) may be considered misconduct, or gross misconduct and be dealt with under the Students’ Union’s Disciplinary Procedure.
What is the University’s policy on claiming extenuating circumstances?
The University have made it clear with the Students’ Union that extenuating circumstances are only for situations of ‘unforeseen’ circumstances. They do not consider running in an election ‘unforeseen’ and so have a policy of not allowing extenuating circumstances to be claimed on the basis of running in SU elections.
Who is the Returning Officer and Deputy Returning Officer?
The Returning Officer and Deputy Returning Officer have the responsibility to uphold the Election Regulations. The Returning Officer is Michael Wigg, CEO of University of Westminster Students' Union. The Deputy Returning Officer is Jo Caulfield, who will be the person you deal with on a day to day basis, and they will be in contact with the Returning Officer as required. The details for enquiries are as follows:
For questions about regulations, rules, complaints and queries, contact:
Jo Caulfield, Head of Student Voice, Academic Engagement and Equality and Deputy Returning Officer - [email protected]
For questions and queries relating to your welfare and wellbeing as a candidate, contact:
Esin D'Amery, Student Voice and Equality Manager - [email protected]