Elections FAQ

Are you considering running for election but have a couple of questions? Check out our FAQ’s and myth busters for common misconceptions about running.

Can I run for election if I’ve not been involved in the Students’ Union before?


You don’t have to have taken part in the Union before to nominate yourself and run for election. The Students’ Union represents all members, and so long as you are a student at UCA you are a member of the Students’ Union. If you want to create a positive impact and change to the student experience, becoming an officer is a great way to do it.

Have I got what it takes to become an officer?


The Union has a wide range of services and student voice structures to support our diverse membership. There is something for everyone from clubs, societies, and events, to campaigns, advise services, and representation throughout the University. If you would like to become more involved or have new ideas to develop provisions, becoming an officer is for you.

You will be given full training and supported by SU staff to help make your ideas a reality. So, if you are creative, compassionate, focused, open-minded, and progressive, you have what it takes!

Can I run for elections if I am a foundation or postgraduate student?


All UCA students can run for election, no matter where you are in your studies.

Part-time officer candidates must be in continuous study and be students at UCA during the academic year 2018/2019.

For full-time officer positions you can take a year out of your studies or start once you graduate. If you would like any advice and guidance on this, please contact Taylor Kane (

Am I eligible to run for a full-time position if I am an international student?


If you are on a Tier 4 student visa you are eligible to run. You will either complete your course this year or have to suspend your studies provisionally to take the position. If you suspend your studies, you may need to prolong your visa and ensure you have enough time to complete your studies afterwards.

Please contact Gateway Service or Chris Carr, SU Advise and Representation Coordinator –, if you would like to discuss you Tier 4 visa. If you are a student studying on another visa, please contact Gateway Services as there may be restrictions on your right to work within the UK.

I’m nervous about, and unsure how to campaign when running for election. What can I do about this?

The Students’ Union will be holding compulsory candidate briefings for all positions. Here we will run through election rules as well as campaign regulations. Candidates MUST attend one of the sessions however, they are open to any potential candidate!

• Candidate Briefing 1 – Tue 20 Feb at 12.30pm
• Candidate Briefing 2 - Thu 22 Feb at 12.30pm
• Candidate Briefing 3 - Fri 23 Feb at 3.00pm

Once campaigning begins, getting the word out and about is crucial. Be yourself and do what’s comfortable! While others might enjoy talking to a large group of people, you might feel more at ease talking face-to-face. Social media is a great outlet for canvassing during elections and friends can help promote your manifesto as a ‘campaigns team’.

Don’t forget that nominations close 3.000pm Friday 23rd February!

For more information please vision or pop into the SU office!

Best of luck!

Posted in: Blog on Monday, February 19th, 2018 by