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Elections FAQs

 

 

Standing for Election

  1. What's in it for me?
  2. What have people achieved in the past?
  3. When can I start campaigning?
  4. What support do I get?
  5. Will it cost me loads of money?
  6. Who can help me? Do I need a team of people?
  7. What happens on the voting days?
  8. When will we get the results?
  9. What will happen at Candidate Briefing?
  10. What are the rules?
  11. What if I lose?
  12. What if I win?

 

 

What's in it for me?

Standing to be an Exec Officer is a great opportunity to do something really interesting and unusual with your career…

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What have people achieved in the past?

Lots of change on campus has come about through campaigning from Exec Officers, and usually with ideas from students. This would include things like introducing lecture capture, tackling the black attainment gap through the BAME Ambassadors, the crossing by Queensgate, a new student charter, translating the student regulations, creating a KidsZone in the SU, an art regeneration project in the local community, extending mental health training, the 3-week feedback guarantee, campaigning against the closure of the local hospital, ‘social prescribing’ of clubs and societies to support students with mental health difficulties, allowing hot drinks in the library, extension of the laptop loan scheme – the list is endless!

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When can I start campaigning?

Any time! You can get started right now…

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What support do I get?

Staff at the Students’ Union are on hand to help you out along the way. They can help you out with finding out which is the best role for you, information about life on campus, and suggestions about next steps. During voting itself, we will make sure that you have somewhere to rest. You will get some financial help as well – we will reimburse you for up to £20 you may wish to spend, on production of your receipts. You do not have to spend any more than this!

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Will it cost me loads of money?

It doesn’t have to. We will reimburse you for up to £20, on production of your receipts. You can also spend up to £50 of your own money, which would not be reimbursed. You do not need to do this though!

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Who can help me? Do I need a team of people?

If you can rope in some friends to help you with your campaign, that would be great. You can have up to 10 campaigners at any time. They will need to register with the SU each time they go out campaigning on your behalf. You are responsible for the conduct of your campaigners whilst they’re campaigning for you.

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What happens on the voting days?

These are the two days when you need to get the most people to vote for you as you can!

Voting will be open from 8am until 8pm, with voting stations at the following locations:

Tuesday:

  • Schwann Atrium – 8am – 8pm
  • Outside the SU Shop – 8am – 8pm
  • The Street (Business School) – 10am – 4pm
  • Harold Wilson Building – 10am – 4pm

Wednesday

  • Schwann Atrium – 8am – 8pm
  • Outside the SU Shop – 8am – 8pm
  • Sparck Jones café – 10am – 4pm
  • Joseph Priestley atrium – 10am – 4pm

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When will we get the results?

The results will be announced at the Elections Results Night Party from 6pm on Thursday 7th March

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What will happen at Candidate Briefing?

Quite a few things:

  • Welcome and introduction, where you will meet all the other candidates, and relevant staff members who can help you along the way
  • Some training on campaigning
  • A discussion with the CEO, Rebekah, about HSU and the new strategy
  • An explanation of the election rules
  • You will have your photo taken
  • Some admin – we will ask you to fill out a couple of forms, and book in for an interview with T’Hud who will be preparing a candidate magazine

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What are the rules?

You can find a copy of the rules here

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What if I loose?

  • It’s a sad reality that most candidates will lose. Standing in the election is still a great experience, and you will learn so much about yourself, and hopefully have a fantastic time getting to know your fellow students
  • After the election, we will be in touch to chat to you about how best to reflect on this experience in the future, such as at job interviews, or how to get involved with elements of the SU you have found out more about

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What if I Win?

Then amazing! You have a fantastic new job from June! We will definitely be in touch inviting you to events, and to chat about training before you start your new role on 1 July 2019.

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Campaigning in the Election

  1. I’ve seen someone covering up my posters, what can I do?
  2. Do I have to miss my lectures during election week?
  3. What do you mean by ‘allowing students to cast their vote in private’?
  4. What do I do if someone is having trouble accessing the voting system?
  5. What are the key dates, when do I need to be available?

 

 

I’ve seen someone covering up my posters, what can I do?

Firstly, posters are not the be all and end all of elections and if your primary concern is posters then maybe you need to refocus your priorities. However, if you have any concerns you can contact the Student Voice, who will be able to advise you of the best way forward. You can also use the online complaints form if you would like to, however if you have time to complain then you have time to campaign - which is more important?

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Do I have to miss my lectures during election week?

We advise that candidates don’t miss lectures during election week, remember your education is important and the reason you came to University. If you do decide to miss teaching time then we advise arranging with your tutors to catch up with the work that you miss, so that you don’t fall behind. If you are attending lectures make sure that your campaign keeps going and your campaign team are still out and about.

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What do you mean by ‘allowing students to cast their vote in private’?

We understand that you would want to make the process of voting easy and simple. However, you have to make sure that each person has the chance to vote for whoever they want. If you are allowing someone to use your tablet or laptop then you need to make sure you don’t cast the vote for them. Giving them a chance to sit down is a great way of making sure they have enough space and privacy.

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What do I do if someone is having trouble accessing the voting system?

First of all, you need to check that they are a member of the Students’ Union. You can check this via their student card – they should have the NUS Logo or Students’ Union logo on it. If they don’t, or they do but are still having problems, direct them to the Student Voice Team.

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What are the key dates, when do I need to be available?

  • Voting Open 8am - 8pm 5th - 6th March
  • Results 6pm 7th March

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Voting in the Election

  1. I can’t log in
  2. I think I have opted out of Union membership – can I still vote?
  3. I don’t know who to vote for
  4. What do I do if I see one of the candidates breaking the rules?
  5. Why don’t we have an Equalities Officer right now?
  6. Why don’t we have device voting this year?
  7. Do I have to vote for all of the positions?
  8. What happens on the voting days?
  9. When will we get the results?
  10. What am I voting for? What’s the point?
  11. How does it affect my life? What’s the point?
  12. How do I vote? (devices?)

 

 

I can’t log in

There could be a few reasons why this has happened. It’s mostly likely to be because you have opted out of membership of the SU. Come and see us as soon as you discover this and we should be able to rectify it for you.

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I think I have opted out of Union membership – can I still vote?

You can check whether you have opted out by looking at your student card. If it has the Huddersfield Students’ Union logo on it, then you are a member. If not, you will have opted out at some point in the student registration process.

You will need to opt back in to SU membership to be able to vote. Come and see us as soon as you discover that you are not a member (even if it’s before voting has opened) and we should be able to rectify it for you.

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I don’t know who to vote for. Who's running? What do they stand for?

At the voting stations, and online, you will be able to access the T’Hud Candidate Guide. Take some time to read about the candidates for each position, have a look at their campaigning materials around campus and online and see who deserves your vote!

Staff at the voting stations will not tell you who to vote for, but they can give you copies of the Candidate Guide so you can make your mind up

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What do I do if I see one of the candidates breaking the rules?

Have a look at the candidate rules – if you think one of these has been breached, you will need to fill out the online form and the Deputy Returning Officer will be in touch

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Why don’t we have an Equalities Officer right now?

Please read our blog to find out more.

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Why don’t we have device voting this year?

  • A lot of the feedback from voters in the past was that they didn’t like the way that candidates used their own devices to coerce students to vote for them
  • We have therefore taken the step to ban this for these elections
  • You can absolutely use your own tablet, smartphone, laptop etc to vote, and laptops will be available at all the voting stations
  • Candidates can take you to one of the voting stations, but you must be allowed to vote independently

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Do I have to vote for all of the positions?

  • You can vote for as few or as many positions as you like, and can indicate as many preferences (e.g. 1st, 2nd, 3rd) for each position
  • Even if you have decided to vote for one candidate, or even a friend, we would urge you to have a look at the candidate magazine to see if there are any other candidates you haven’t heard of who may also deserve your vote

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What happens on the voting days?

These are the two days when you will probably see lots of candidates and campaigners out and about on campus, trying to convince you that you should vote for them!

Voting will be open from 8am until 8pm, with voting stations at the following locations:

Tuesday:

  • Schwann Atrium – 8am – 8pm
  • Outside the SU Shop – 8am – 8pm
  • The Street (Business School) – 10am – 4pm
  • Harold Wilson Building – 10am – 4pm

Wednesday

  • Schwann Atrium – 8am – 8pm
  • Outside the SU Shop – 8am – 8pm
  • Sparck Jones café – 10am – 4pm
  • Joseph Priestley atrium – 10am – 4pm

You can also vote on your own tablet, smartphone, laptop, or home PC – all votes are online at www.huddersfield.su/elections

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When will we get the results?

The results will be announced at the Elections Results Night Party from 6pm on Thursday 7th March

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What am I voting for? What’s the point?

There are two elements to this election:

  • The team of five Executive Officers (President, Education Officer, Equalities Officer, Community Officer, Activities Officer) who will lead the SU for the next academic year
  • The four NUS conference delegates who will attend NUS National Conference on behalf of all University of Huddersfield students

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How does it affect my life? What’s the point?

  • You are all members of Huddersfield Students’ Union – this is the organisation which represents you to the University, and beyond, and works hard to make change on your behalf
  • In order to make sure Huddersfield SU always works for the benefits of students, each year we elect a team of students to be the leaders for the coming year. They become Trustees of the organisation, overseeing its direction, and making sure that we always work hard to make student life better
  • These Exec Officers represent you at University Committees, making sure that the University is always thinking about your needs – make sure the person making decisions at the meetings you’re not invited to is someone you trust to do the best for you too!

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How do I vote? (devices?)

Tuesday:

  • Schwann Atrium – 8am – 8pm
  • Outside the SU Shop – 8am – 8pm
  • The Street (Business School) – 10am – 4pm
  • Harold Wilson Building – 10am – 4pm

Wednesday

  • Schwann Atrium – 8am – 8pm
  • Outside the SU Shop – 8am – 8pm
  • Sparck Jones café – 10am – 4pm
  • Joseph Priestley atrium – 10am – 4pm

You can also vote on your own tablet, smartphone, laptop, or home PC – all votes are online at www.huddersfield.su/elections

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