So, you are interested in becoming a Part-Time Officer and volunteering with the GSA to represent your fellow postgraduate students? Great you have come to the right place! We hold our elections for Part-Time Officer roles once a year in the autumn where the student body votes for who they want representing them for the next academic year!
Any unfilled positions may be filled by co-option at Council throughout the year.
The next elections are: SEPTEMBER 2020
Look out for further information nearer the time, whilst you are waiting, check out the FAQ’s below!
What’s an election and when is it?
An election is a process by which the postgraduate student body at the GSA vote to choose who they want to represent them for the next academic year. This means that those running in the elections are candidates and will campaign to gain votes. Candidates can campaign in many different ways which can include face-to-face or online campaigning, don’t worry you will be given training about how to campaign! At the end of the election period, the candidate with the most votes over 50% will win the election.
Our next election will be in the Autumn 2020, keep your eyes peeled for further updates nearer the time!
How do I nominate myself for a position?
Nominating yourself is really easy and we encourage all postgraduate students to consider running in the elections. To nominate yourself you must write a manifesto and submit this for the role you wish to run for. You will do this via the GSA website which will be live during the election period. Any nominations submitted past the deadline will not be accepted so be sure to get your nomination in before this time!
How do I write a manifesto?
Manifesto’s do not need to seem big and scary, it is just a great opportunity to show the wider student body why you are passionate about the role by writing your reasons for standing. You can include any previous experience you have that makes you a good candidate, talk about your passion for the role and what you would do should you win the election. Manifestos can be no more than 500 words long. Before and during the nomination period, the GSA will put on manifesto training sessions to support you with writing your manifesto and ensuring you have access to all relevant documents and information to inform your writing.
Are these roles voluntary and how much time am I expected to commit?
These roles are all voluntary roles alongside your studies and do not receive a payment of any kind. However, you will be given training to support you in the role and we hope that when you finish with the role you will have gained additional skills and experience which will help you in the future. In terms of time commitments, we would hope that you will spend around 2-5 hours per week doing activities and any work to fulfil the role. This is around the average people spend, however, it can vary week to week depending what is going on, so you may end up doing less or more. Should you struggle to fulfil the time commitment, come and talk to us as we want to support you in whatever ways we can.
Will I receive training for the elections and for the role?
Yes! All candidates running in the elections will be given training in writing their manifesto, how to campaign and the election rules. This is alongside any additional 1:1 support you need whether that is looking over your manifesto or chatting about ideas. Similarly, if you are successful in the elections, we will look to provide you with training so you know exactly what to do in your role.
How much money can I spend on my campaign?
If you are running for a Part-Time Officer or course rep position, you will be allowed to claim back expenses of up to £15. You may not spend anymore than this on your campaign or you shall be disqualified from the election. You must keep to your budget and email all receipts to the Deputy Returning Officer.
You can read the election rules if you want further clarification about what this can include or alternatively email email@example.com
How does voting work?
Voting will be conducted by secret electronic ballot and will either take place by Single Transferable Vote or first-past-the-post voting system. All GSA members are permitted to vote and are entitled to a single vote per position up for election. With all positions, there will be the option for you to vote to Re-Open Nominations (RON). If RON is elected then a further election will be held for that position.
Are there election rules I have to follow?
At the GSA, we have election rules governing our elections which you and your campaign must follow. You can find these here (coming soon). Please make sure you read them carefully and adhere to them as breaking the rules could mean your are disqualified as a candidate.
Who do I contact if I want to have chat about the role or have further questions?
If you want to have a further discussion about any of the roles available in the elections, please get in touch with the Representation and Democracy Coordinator, Isobel, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org