Our Union is run for students, by students and has been since we were founded in 1890. Below is everything you need to know about how our Union is run, how to vote, and how you can get involved in our elections.
Currently our elections happen twice per year. In March you have the opportunity to elect the Representatives who will #AmplifyYourVoice on the Board of Management and the Executive. With a whole host of positions available, make sure to check out this whole section to see if there is a position which you would like to run for.
There are another set of Election in Spring with positions such as First Year Representative up for grabs.
Elections at UofG are pretty wild. Not only do we have people running for positions in our Union, but rather all four student bodies will have people standing for election at the same time. In the run up to election days you can expect your notifications to be spammed with invites to Facebook events, and on the days themselves you’ll find all of the candidates out on campus with sweets and all sorts trying to convince you to vote for them.
You’ll either think that election season is great fun, or really annoying, depending on your outlook but whatever you think it is really worthwhile to use your vote and take part in democracy on campus - things you don’t like about UofG will never change if you don’t take part!
Voting in our elections is as easy as going on to MyGlasgow where you’ll find a link to vote on election days. All you have to is put a 1 next your most preferred candidate, a 2 next to your 2nd most preferred and so on. We’ll share lot’s of information about elections nearer the time. You do have to be a member of the QMU to vote [join here].
All of the above may sound a bit heavy if it’s your first experience of a democratic organisation. It’s really not as boring or complicated as it sounds. Running for a position on our Student Assembly, or even just volunteering for our committees, can be such a rewarding thing to do while you’re at university. Not only will you have a smashing time but you will be able to make a real impact of the University and you'll stand out to employers after you graduate.
You’ll gain new skills you wouldn’t have done in the classroom, you’ll make new friends from different courses and years, and you’ll grow as a person as you learn to take on the challenges that running the Union throws at you.
Near election time, be sure to look on our blog for stories from past elected officers to get an idea of what it’s like being involved, or if you love the sound of running already then drop an email to our Student Engagement Coordinator Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org