Stand for Election



 

To stand for election to an NUS position you simply need to follow the 3 steps we outline below.

Before you start the process make sure you read the Election Rules and Guidance and the role profiles of the positions. You also need to read through our Code of Conduct which outlines what we expect all our candidates to adhere to throughout the election process. 

Nominations open on 27 November 2017 for National Conference 2018. 

Who can stand?

Anyone who is a student or elected sabbatical officer at a Students’ Union/Association affiliated to NUS can stand for election to these positions. 

How do I stand?

To stand for election you will need a number of students to nominate you. For the full time position you will need 10 nominations and for voluntary positions you need 5 nominations from different Constituent Members. This simply means you need to find people from different Students’ Unions/Associations to publically declare that they support your candidacy to the position you want to stand for. The process for submitting your nomination is to fill in the online form here on the National Conference Hub. We have outlined the steps you need to consider for submitting a form so please follow each of the steps and fill the form in online. If you would like to speak to someone about standing for these positions or have any questions please email executiveoffice@nus.org.uk and we can arrange that for you.

Step 1 | Your eligibility and personal details

You will need to provide us with your full name, address, phone number and email address.

You will also need to confirm with us what Constituent Member (Students’ Union/Association affiliated to NUS) you are a member of and provide us with proof of your student status. You will need one of the following:

  1. A letter from an institution confirming your student status
  2. A letter from a students’ union/guild/association confirming your student status 
  3. A letter confirming that you are a member of an NUS Committee
  4. A scan of your valid student card, which clearly shows the name of institution and expiry date

Step 2 | Your Nominations

Gather at least 10 nominations for Full Time Officer positions and at least 5 for voluntary positions. You will need to gather these from different Constituent Members. A nomination is someone agreeing to publically declare that they nominate you to the position you wish to stand in election for. You may not nominate yourself. We recommend you gather more than you need in case of errors.

For each person you will need their full name, their Constituent Member and proof of their student status in one of the following ways:

  1. A letter from an institution confirming their student status
  2. A letter from a students’ union/guild/association confirming their student status
  3. A letter confirming that the nominator is a member of an NUS Committee
  4. A scan of their valid student card, which clearly shows the name of institution and expiry date

Anyone who is a student or sabbatical officer at an affiliated union of NUS or on an NUS committee (including the National Executive Council) can nominate you for election. To nominate you they must include proof of their student status, valid on the day of nominations.

By providing proof of their student status and consenting for you to use it on the nomination form they are declaring their nomination for you. Their name and constituent member will be published online once your nomination has been accepted.

As a candidate it is your responsibility to make sure you collect all of your nominations and their proof of student status and submit it through our online form before the deadline. It is your responsibility to make sure the information is accurate and you need to understand that providing false nominations or evidence will be investigated by the Chief Returning Officer and could potentially result in disqualification from the election.

If anyone is unsure as to what is acceptable proof of student status, they should contact executiveoffice@nus.org.uk

Step 3 | Your Manifesto and supporting statement

Please note that this step is optional but we would strongly recommend it.

Manifesto
Submit a manifesto to support your nomination. A manifesto is a statement about why you are standing for the position. We will be creating a manifesto booklet for National Conference and publishing all manifestos online on the National Conference HUB and promoting it to all constituent members of NUS.

To ensure your manifesto is included in the published booklet you need to submit it in two formats:

  1. The manifesto must be received as a PDF document of no more than 2 A4 pages (for full time positions) and 1 A4 page (for voluntary positions)
  2. You must also submit a plain text copy in a word document for accessibility purposes

Political description/Supporting statement
Each candidate is allowed to give a political description/ supporting statement of not more than six words which will appear on the ballot paper and next to the candidate profile on our website.

Photo 
Submit a ‘heads and shoulders’ photo of yourself with a clear background. There must not be anyone else included in the photo and the image must be of a high quality for us to edit to the right size to uploaded onto our website.

Biography
Submit a short statement introducing yourself of no more than 100 words. We will be putting up this up online on the Conference HUB along with your headshot and a link to your manifesto.

For your Manifesto, Biography and Photo to be included in our published media or on our website you must submit them along with your nomination form before the deadline of close of nominations for the position.

NOTE: NUS and the Returning Officer cannot accept responsibility for the content of any external websites advertised by individual candidates within their manifesto or supporting statements.

For Full Time Officer Positions the guidance provides more suggestions of what you can do to promote your campaign.