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Spring 2019
Elections
Coming soon!

Nominations are open for Diversity Part-Time Officers, SU Exec members, and Postgraduate Faculty Reps. Find out more about each role on the officer page

Guidance for the Spring Elections

This guidance is for those who are not candidates but might need to know certain rules regarding the Spring Elections. Some general things all members should be aware of are:

  • Campaigning is not allowed before 9am Monday 25th February
  • No member may promote Re-Open Nominations as a candidate
  • No member may promote the method of false self-definition of students for the purpose of interfering with an election
  • The Adjudication Panel will meet daily during the campaigning period to review rule breaches. Any elections complaints should be sent to democracy@warwicksu.com
Guidance for Sports Clubs and Societies
  • While we encourage you to promote the elections overall, please don't promote particular candidates over others. Clubs and Societies are not allowed to endorse particular candidates on social media or in person. You of course can support a friend in a personal capacity but cannot use your position to encourage voting for particular people. Instead, encourage members to nominate themselves and vote on www.warwicksu.com/elections
  • In the same way, candidates cannot claim the support of any SU Club or Society, or SU Club or Society Exec member
  • Social media posting - if you allow one candidate to post about their campaign during the elections period, you must allow all candidates to post on your page as well. If you only allow one or a few candidates to post you will be asked to take the post down and the candidate may be sanctioned. The same rule applies to closed groups.
Guidance for Student Media
  • Student media may facilitate the expression of opinions of a candidate or the general student body as long as all candidates are represented equally and fairly
  • If any Media Society requires clarification on their commentary of the elections period or candidates they are advised to contact the Democracy and Development Officer
  • Misconduct by Student Media societies can be reported to the Elections Adjudication Panel
  • Student Media societies are held responsible for their actions
Guidance for SU Officers and Representatives
  • We encourage you to promote the elections, but please don't promote or endorse some candidates over others. You can support a friend in a personal capacity but cannot use your position to endorse particular candidates. Instead, encourage all students using www.warwicksu.com/elections
  • In the same way, candidates cannot claim the support of any SU representative
  • If you are re-running, you cannot use the resources and facilities that would be available to you due to your position to promote your campaign.
Guidance for Staff members
  • We encourage you to promote the elections, but please don't promote or endorse some candidates over others. Instead, encourage all students to nominate and vote using www.warwicksu.com/elections
  • In the same way, candidates cannot claim the support of any staff member
  • If you are a candidate and are SU student staff, you cannot use the resources available to you through that position to promote your campaign

 

FAQS

Q. What are these elections for?

A. Autumn Elections are for electing:

  • 7 of our 8 SU Execs: Postgraduate, Development, Democracy, Welfare, Education, Sports and Societies
  • Our Postgraduate Taught Faculty Reps
  • Our Part-time Diversity Officers

Spring Elections are for electing:

  • Our 7 Sabbatical Officers: President, Education, Democracy & Development, Societies, Sports, Postgraduate and Welfare and Campaigns
  • Our Undergraduate and Postgraduate Research Faculty Reps
  • Our Liberation Officers and Environment and Ethics Officer
Q. What is a Student Officer, and am I eligible?

A Student Officer is a one year, full-time, paid position. This means you would need to defer your studies for a year while in post or wait until your third year to nominate yourself. Anyone who is a student at Warwick University can nominate themselves for any of the Student Officer positions, regardless of year of study or what campus you are based on. A Student Officer is a full Trustee of the Students’ Union and you can find more specific descriptions of the roles at www.warwicksu.com/elections/available-roles

Q. Can I run to be a Student Officer if I am an International Student?

Yes! You can discuss your options with the University and the SU if you are interested in nominating yourself for a Student Officer role.

 

Q. What is a Part-Time Officer?

A Part-Time Officer is a one year unpaid position, undertaken alongside studying. The roles often involve campaigning and raising awareness of Liberation and Diversity issues and Environment issues. You can find more specific descriptions of the roles at www.warwicksu.com/elections/available-roles

Q. I like the sound of 2 different positions - can I nominate myself for both?

You can nominate yourself for as many positions as you wish, however if elected you would only be able to hold one position (with the exception of being a member of 2 different Execs)

Q. Why should I consider nominating myself for a position?

Even if you do not succeed in your candidacy, campaigning and meeting new students is a fantastic experience that will equip you with new outlooks and new skills. Campaigning should be a fun experience where you meet new people and gain confidence, as well as speak up for what you believe and show how you can Make your Mark on the lives of 24,000+ students at Warwick

Q. Does my vote count and make a difference?

A. Absolutely it does! In a recent election, a candidate won by only 30 out of several thousand votes to become your current Student Officer. Most Student Officer elections are decided by less than 200 votes. Quite simply, your vote and the vote of just everyone in your lecture could change the entire result. So don’t let the decisions be made on your behalf - vote!

Q. Where can I vote?

A. Voting is all online at https://www.warwicksu.com/elections

Q. Where can I find out about the candidates and what they stand for?

A. You can find the full candidate list at www.warwicksu.com/elections. All the candidates will upload manifestos here so have a browse and see who you’d like to cast your vote for.

Q. What is STV?

A. STV, or Single Transferable Vote, is a system of preferential voting designed to minimise 'wasted' votes and provide proportional representation.

Q. Who is RON?

A. RON isn't actually a candidate – it stands for Re-Open Nominations. You can put RON as a preference if you feel that the remaining candidates are not suitable for the position. Voting RON is an active vote against the other candidates – it's not an expression of indifference. If Re-Open Nominations is elected to a position then nominations for that post are re-opened at a later date.

Q. What’s Quorum?

A. Quorum is the minimum number of votes that have to be cast in order for the election to be valid. We don't think it's particularly democratic if a handful of people decide who your lead representatives are so quorum figures are outlined in the governing documents to make sure your Officers are legitimate.

Q. What is a Manifesto?

A. Each candidate is able to put two manifestos together – one online and one for a Manifesto Booklet. This is essentially where they outline what their pledges are (i.e. what they're promising to do if elected) and summarise any experience they think is relevant.

Contact Us

If you need to ask any questions about the elections process, you can visit us in the Democratic Services Office on the top floor of SUHQ. Alternatively, you can contact us using the details below.