FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RUN IN THESE ELECTIONS?
To run in these elections you must be a current enrolled student at Birkbeck College. The Students’ Union will run checks to ensure that all Candidates are eligible to run in these elections.
WHAT IS THE STUDENT COUNCIL?
Student Council is made up of elected Student Councilors and is the major policy making body of the Students’ Union. Any student (who has not opted out of Students’ Union membership) is able to submit motions or policy to Council. Elected members of Council vote on whether or not the motions become Students’ Union policy. Each of the officers elected in the Autumn term elections has a seat on Students’ Union council and shape the policy and direction of the Students’ Union. Council is also a chance to hear what the Students’ Officers who run the Students’ Union have been doing.
WHAT IS THE NUS?
The National Union of Students (NUS) is an organisation that brings together 700 Students’ Unions around the country in a confederation that unites to create changes for students nationally. Birkbeck is one of the Students’ Unions who are affiliated to NUS.
WHAT IS AN NUS DELEGATE?
Every year NUS holds their ‘National Conference’ and each Union has an assigned number of delegates that they are allowed to send. Birkbeck has 3 delegate places at NUS National Conference. Our delegates will attend this conference on behalf of all Birkbeck Students to vote on and make policy that will lead the work that NUS carry out throughout the following years.
HOW DO I NOMINATE MYSELF?
There is a really simple form to fill out to nominate yourself in these elections. Once nominations have opened, CLICK HERE to nominate yourself. If you have any issues nominating yourself, please email our Student Voice Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARE THESE ROLES PAID?
Both our Student Council positions and NUS Delegate positions are voluntary roles, which means that you will not be paid in these roles. The Students’ Union will cover the costs of our NUS Delegates attending National Conference.
WHEN CAN I START CAMPAIGNING?
You can start asking students to vote for you and campaigning from 1pm on Monday 9th November 2020 until 1pm on Monday 16th November 2020. Any campaigning before this time is against the elections rules and could result in sanctions on your campaign or even disqualification from the elections. This is to ensure that every candidate has equal and fair campaign times. If you have any questions or doubts, email email@example.com.
DO I GET TRAINING?
The Students’ Union will provide training at all stages of your elections experience. We will be holding a Nominations Workshop, Candidate training and we will hold a briefing/training session for all successful candidates, once they have started their roles.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I BREAK THE RULES?
The Returning Officer could potentially disqualify you or even stop the elections altogether.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SEE OTHERS BREAK THE RULES?
If you see a candidate breaking any of the election rules, you should email your complaint to the Deputy Returning Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org. One you have submitted your complaint, you will recieve a response from the DRO within 24 hours. All complaints need to be submitted to the DRO by 2pm on Monday 16th November 2020.
HOW DO I GET OTHERS TO VOTE FOR ME?
Once voting is open, students can vote by going to birkbeckunion.org/elections/vote and there will be a button that allows them to vote. We recommend that you include this link in your promotional material, so students know where to go to vote for you. Voting is only open between 1pm on Monday 9th November 2020 and 1pm on Monday 16th November 2020.
WHAT IF I HAVE A QUESTION THAT HAS NOT BEEN ANSWERED HERE?
If this handbook and FAQs leave you with some unanswered question, feel free to email our
Student Voice Coordinator, Cayleigh, on email@example.com.
If you have any queries please submit them to the Deputy Returning Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org