ELECTIONS

sPRING GENERAL ELECTION

 Part of what makes the QMU special is that we are run by students, for students. As a member you are given the opportunity to vote for your representatives on the Student Assembly and the Student Executive, or, if you wish to amplify your impact, you can run for one of our positions.

 

The next round of elections this year are on 4th and 5th March. Nominations for these elections open on Monday 17th February and close at Noon on Friday 27th February. We have positions for x. If you would like to run then visit - qmunion.orguk/nominate-yourself for more information.

POSTIONS AVAILABLE

Current Student Representative

Current Student Representatives are current student members of the QMU whose primary role on the Student Assembly is to represent the voices and opinions of other University of Glasgow students.

 

However, the role can end up being so much more. In the past we've had people who have ran for CSR go on to introduce free sanitary products to the Union, set-up the first gender neutral toilets on campus, bring vegan food into our catering outlets and many more exciting projects. Whether you have a bright idea for how the Union could be better, if you want to gain new skills, or you just love the QMU and want to be more involved in what we do here, then CSR is a great place to begin. The seats available, listed below, are open to all current students and range from 12 month, to 6 month terms. In terms of a time commitment you can expect to be asked to attend meetings in the Union on weekday evenings at least once a month, and you may also be asked to attend our Committees.

Current Student Representative A (4 seats available, lasts 12 months)

Current Student Representative B (4 seats available, lasts 6 months)

First Year Student Represenatative

First Year Student Reps are very much like CSRs, except that this role is exclusively for students in their first year of studies. Sometimes on campus, the voices and opinions of first years can go unheard as often people don't get more involved in the Union until later in University. We've created this position to give first years the opportunity to have their say in how QMU can work better for them as the Union is after all for everyone, and the voices of first years matter just as much anyone's. The seats available, listed below, are open to all students in their first year of matriculation and range from 12 month, to 6 month terms. In terms of a time commitment you can expect to be asked to attend meetings in the Union on weekday evenings at least once a month, and you may also be asked to attend our Committees.

First Year Current Student Representative A (2 seats available, lasts 12 months)

First Year Current Student Representative B (2 seats available, lasts 6 months)

Former Student Representatives

The Formers Student Representative role is also not dissimilar from the CSR position. FSR differes from the CSR in that it is only open to people who have now graduated from the University, and were a member of the QMU for at least 1 year of the time matriculated. There is no time limit set on how long or short a FSR has to have been graduated for: you could run if you just left University and fancy staying involved with the QMU for a while longer, or if you studied here many years ago and want to bring your knowledge and expertise to the Assembly. This position is for 6 months only. In terms of a time commitment you can expect to be asked to attend meetings in the Union on weekday evenings at least once a month, and you may also be asked to attend our Committees, but we will be understanding of candidates who have busy lives and jobs to attend.

Former Student Member (1 seat available, lasts 6 months)

THE PROCESS

So you're interested in running but not sure how it works? Here's are the steps

  1.  Nominate Yourself
    [Nominations OPEN Monday 30th September, CLOSE Friday 11th October at 16:00]

Nomination forms can be downloaded at the base of this page, or you can pick them up from our reception desk from 10:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday.

 

Filling out your nomination form involves:

  • giving us a bit of information about you so that we can verify you are a member,

  • selecting the position you want to run for,

  • you must then have your candidacy proposed and seconded by 2 members of the QMU. This can include Life Members, and if you are struggling to find someone to help then contact elections@qmunion.org.uk and we can arrange something,

  • you must then send in 2 colour photographs of yourself to be used in promoting your candidacy,

  • you must then write your manifesto - this isn't as bad as it sounds. You really just need to write a few words about 'Why Do You Want To Be A Represenatative?" - full details and limits are on the forms.

  • Finally send everything in to elections@qmunion.org.uk or drop it off at reception!

  2. Candidates Meeting

      [Friday 11th October at 18:00]

Once nominations close at 12 noon on Friday 11th October, the candidates who have been nominated will be invited to attend a short meeting in the Union to learn more about the election process and ask any questions they may have (this will take place at 18:00 in the Cafe). 

  3. Candidates Hustings

      [Tuesday 15th October at 18:00]

The list of candidates will then be announced to the membership and the manifestos of all candidates shall be distributed to the members via an online smallsheet. Members will get a few days to look over the various manifestos and think of any questions they may have for candidates, and then on Tuesday 15th October candiates will be asked to attend a hustings. This is a chance for candidates to elaborate on any points they have made in their manifesto, as well as to ask questions of their fellow candidates, and receive questions from the membership. Full details of hustings and how they work will be given at the candidates meeting.

  4. Campaigning

Candidates will then get a couple of days to campaign for votes. This is the fun part of the elections and can be as invovled as handing out flyers and sweets to students on campus to secure their vote, or more low-key such as setting up a Facebook event/page. Full details on campaigning and the rules and restrictions that apply will be given at the candiates meeting.

  5. Election Day

       [Thursday 17th October 09:00-18:00]

Elections will open ay 09:00 on Thursday 17th October and close at 18:00 that day. All QMU members who have registered before 12 noon on Wednesday 16th October will be eligible to vote via the online voting portal found on MyGlasgow. Make sure that your friends have signed up for membership if you want them to vote for you! You cannot sign up for membership just to vote on the day. Once polling closes the votes will be counted and cnadidates should be notified of a winner by around 19:00!

NOMINATE YOURSELF

Now that you know what is involved, just click the button below to download your nomination pack. Nominations may be returned in person to the reception desk, or via email to elections@qmunion.org.uk

If you have any questions at all about the election process please do note hestiate to send your questions to Sean our Student Engagment Coordinator or Juliet our Vice President! Good luck!

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