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:
Q. What is a Student Officer, and am I eligible?
- 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
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!
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.
A. STV, or Single Transferable Vote, is a system of preferential voting designed to minimise 'wasted' votes and provide proportional representation.
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.
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.
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.