Election FAQs

Standing

WHY SHOULD I STAND?

There are endless reasons why you should stand to be a Volunteer Officer, Faculty Representative, Postgraduate Student Trustee or NUS Conference Delegate that if we listed them all you’d be here a VERY long time.

In summary though, it is a great opportunity that allows you to make changes for students on campus by working on something you’re passionate about as well as in the case of conference delegates speaking on behalf of Aberystwyth students!

You will become closer part of the Aber family while developing skills and enjoying new experiences that you can take with you into the future.


HOW DO I STAND?

You can stand by completing our online form before 9am Monday 19th November 2018.

Standing only takes a couple of minutes and remember if you’re unsure what to put for your publicity or summary you will be able to log-in until the close of standing to update this information.

Publicity (200 words) and Summary (20 words) appear on the voting pages and are where you can explain to students why they should vote for you.


WHEN DOES STANDING CLOSE?

9am Monday 19th November 2018


I DON’T KNOW WHETHER TO STAND OR NOT, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

You can pop into the Students’ Union for a chat with one of our staff members who will give you support and advice. Just ask to speak to someone about the elections at reception.

Check out the Candidates Guide in our candidate hub or our other webpages which are filled with information and resources about the roles available and the elections process.

Speak to friends, tutors and family members to get some guidance.


WHAT ROLE SHOULD I GO FOR?

This is up to you and the decision will depend on your experiences, interests and skills.

Remember the role runs until June 2019 so it’s important to think about what you will enjoy, feel you can contribute to and/or improve for students.

Speak to friends, tutors and family members to see which one they think you’d be best at.

Take a look at our Volunteer Roles and NUS Delegate Roles for more detail.


WHO CAN STAND?

As long as you’re a student at Aberystwyth University you can stand to become a Volunteer Officer, Faculty Representative, Postgraduate Student Trustee or NUS Conference Delegate.


WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE A QUERY/OR ISSUE?

Pop into the Students’ Union to speak to a member of the elections team or drop them an email to union.elections@aber.ac.uk.


IS THE STANDING PROCESS COMPLICATED?

No – the standing process is quick, easy and simple. You can stand by completing our online form.

Don’t worry, your Publicity and Summary documents don’t need to be submitted until the 9am Monday 19th November.

Publicity (200 words) and Summary (20 words) appear on the voting pages; this is where you can explain to students why they should vote for you.


WHEN DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT A 200 WORD PUBLICITY AND A 20 WORD SUMMARY?

It is not compulsory to submit publicity or summary, but it is in your best interests to create something to tell students about the kinds of issues that interest you and if known what you’d like to achieve. Both are ways for candidates to put their ideas and personality forward to voters.

Publicity and Summaries will be available on the Students’ Union website and linked to from the online voting pages. You have until 9am Monday 19th November to complete your publicity and summary on your candidate profile.


WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE STANDING PERIOD?

You will probably see messages across campus about the NUS Conference and Autumn By-Elections and how you can stand or suggest a student.

If you want to stand, complete our online form before 9am Monday 19th November, after which you will be contacted with further information on what happens next.

All candidates should also plan to attend one of two Candidate Briefings that are planned for 4pm and 6pm on Monday 19th November in Meeting Room 1 on the first floor of the Students’ Union.

This session will run through the process and rules relating to the election. Anyone unable to attend should email union.elections@aber.ac.uk to discuss alternative arrangements.

The Students’ Union is here to support you through the whole process and has a dedicated team on hand for anything you may need during this time.


WHAT IS SUGGEST A STUDENT?

Suggest a Student encourages you to nominate a friend, peer or someone you know who you think would make a brilliant Students’ Union Representative.

All you have to do is submit basic information and the Students’ Union will contact them and inform them they’ve been suggested for this opportunity and how they can stand.

You can choose to suggest someone with the knowledge they know you’ve suggested them or anonymously.


WHEN DO THE NAMES OF STUDENTS STANDING BECOME PUBLIC?

The names of all students standing will be kept secret until Tuesday 20th November when numbers and names of candidates will be made available via the Students’ Union Website. Publicity and summaries will be uploaded to the Students’ Union website in the lead-up to voting on Monday 26th November.


Voting

WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR VOTING?

Voting opens 9am on Monday 26th November and closes 3pm on Wednesday 28th November via ApAber.


WHO CAN VOTE?

Any student at Aberystwyth University is eligible to vote.


WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE VOTE PERIOD?

This is where all students who are standing compete for the positions they are standing for.

This week of voting sees those standing speaking and engaging with students in a variety of ways to get people to vote for them.

Students vote online via ApAber and more information will be released closer to the time.

On Wednesday 28th November the results will be announced via the Students’ Union website after 7pm pending any delays due to complaints or process.