Elections

Here you can find out all about how elections work at SOAS SU.

What are SOAS SU Elections?

SOAS SU is an independent, democratic organisation (charity) led by students who are elected by our members (SOAS students). In our elections, students can stand to be, and vote for, elected student leaders, some voluntary, and some paid. These representatives are your voice and act on your behalf in the Union, University and wider community fighting for you on an institutional, local and national level. It is so important for students to take part and vote in these elections so that individuals are elected who represent YOUR views.

SOAS SU Spring Election 2024

SOAS SU Spring Elections: Co-Presidents, Preferenda Portfolio Part-Time Officers and NUS Conference Delegates. In order to see all election details, including standing and voting in the election you will need to log into the SU's website using your student log in. If you experience any issues please contact suelections@soas.ac.uk

13 posts are up for election.

Nominations are now closed.

The polls open at 10:00 on Monday 26 February 2024 (in 39 hours)

Please log in to see more details.

You'll need to log into the SOASUnion website, using your student log in to see full details and vote in the election!

If you are experiencing any issues please email SUelections@soas.ac.uk

Timeline

MONDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 10AM - Nominations Open

THURSDAY 8TH FEBRUARY 4PM - Election Information Session

FRIDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 5PM - Nominations Close

THURSDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 4PM - Candidates Meeting

THURSDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 6PM - Candidate Announcement and Campaigning Begins

FRIDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 6PM - Hustings - Ask your question here!

MONDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 10AM - Voting Opens

THURSDAY 29TH FEBRUARY 2PM - Voting Closes

FRIDAY 1ST MARCH 6PM - Results Announced

Are you a candidate? Click here for more information

 

 

Main Events

Hustings - Friday 23rd February, 6pm, JCR

Step into the Spotlight at the SU Election Hustings!

Calling all aspiring leaders and change-makers! It's your time to shine and make your voice heard in the upcoming Student Union Elections! Join us for an electrifying SU Election Hustings, where candidates take the stage to share their visions, ideas, and plans for our vibrant student community.

Here's what awaits you at the SU Election Hustings:

1 - Engaging Debates: Witness candidates go head-to-head as they discuss crucial issues facing our campus and propose innovative solutions.

2 - Insightful Q&A: Have burning questions for the candidates? This is your chance to ask them on their platforms, priorities, and plans for the future. Ask your questions here! Questions must be sub mitted by 4pm on Friday 23rd February.

3 - Meet the Contenders: Get to know the faces behind the campaigns and learn why they're passionate about representing YOU.

4 - Empower Your Vote: Equip yourself with the knowledge needed to make an informed decision in the upcoming elections.

Whether you're a first-time voter or a seasoned participant, the SU Election Hustings promises an evening of inspiration, dialogue, and community engagement. Your vote matters, and your voice counts!

Don't miss out on this pivotal event that sets the stage for our student democracy. Mark your calendars, bring your questions, and be part of the conversation that shapes our collective future.

Together, let's ignite change, foster inclusivity, and build a stronger, more vibrant student community!

See you at the SU Election Hustings! 

 

Results - Friday 1st March, 6pm, JCR

Celebrate Democracy in Action at the SU Election Results Event!

The moment we've all been waiting for is finally here! Join us for an exhilarating evening as we unveil the results of the Student Union Elections and celebrate the power of student democracy.

Here's why you can't miss this historic occasion:

Whether you're a candidate, a voter, or simply a passionate member of our community, your presence at the SU Election Results Event is invaluable. Let's celebrate the diversity of voices that make our student union thrive!

Join us for an unforgettable evening filled with anticipation and camaraderie

See you there! 

 

What roles are available

Co-Presidents

At SOAS SU students can elect their Co-Presidents, which are full-time, paid roles, elected in the Spring Term to serve a one year term commencing in the Summer. The Co-Presidents are the lead student representatives and lead the Executive Committee. For the 2024/25 academic year they will recieve a salary of £29,657.80 (inclusive of the London Weighting)

You can find out more about the current Co-President's here.

Co-President Democracy & Education

The Co-President Democracy and Education is responsible for ensuring that students voices are heard in the University and the SU, by being a member of the Universities Board of Trustees, championing students educational experience, working with Student Reps and leading on democracy within the SU. As Chair of the Board of Trustees they are also ultimately responsible for the leadership and direction of the SU. 

Dates: 1st July – 31st July  

Hours: 35 hours per week, Monday-Friday 

Representative and Campaigner 

  1. Work alongside students, finding out their views and experiences and advocating on their behalf.  
  2. Acting in students interests by supporting student led campaigns and projects to improve their experience. 
  3. Represent SOAS students on School Committees and attend regular meetings with the Director of the School in order to make change in students' lives. 
  4. Represent the Union externally, working with other students' unions, the NUS and other organisations.  
  5. Work closely with other Union Officers and Union Staff members. 
  6. Engage in collective decision making and accountability with the Executive Committee by being accountable to them, consulting them before taking actions where practical, reporting activities as well as facilitating other members work.  
  7. Support democracy and promote active citizenship within the SU by attending and participating in democratic meetings such as General Meetings and Union Forums. 
  8. Create positive change in the SU by carrying out Union Policy set by members and your manifesto points.  

Trustee 

  1. All Sabbatical Officers are Trustees of the SU. This means that they are responsible for the finances, reputation and legal compliance of the Union.  
  2. Be responsible for ensuring the SU pursues its charitable objectives. 
  3. Oversee the governance, finance and strategy of the SU. 
  4. Ensure that the SU complies with its governing documents, charity law and other relevant legislation or regulations.  

Benefits

  1. Training and induction programme, including Trustee training and a handover between the outgoing and incoming officer team.  
  2. 30 days holiday, plus bank holidays and agreed closure days. 

Personal Profile

  1. Committed to students and SOAS SU 
  2. Ability to network, influence and communicate effectively 
  3. Willingness to represent students' opinions, even where they divert from your own 
  4. Ability to critically evaluate 
  5. Attention to detail in the context of strategic decision making 
  6. Ability to make rational and objective decisions 
  7. Act reasonably and responsibly when undertaking your responsibilities 

Responsibilities 

  1. The Co-President Democracy and Education shall be a member of the School’s Academic Board and Learning and Teaching Quality Committee as well as a member of other School committees as approved by the Board of Trustees. 
  2. The Co-President Democracy and Education shall identify areas for attention relating to the education of students and provide information to Co-President Welfare and Campaigns to aid in running campaigns where relevant. 
  3. The Co-President Democracy and Education shall sit on the School’s Board of Trustees.  
  4. The Co-President Democracy and Education shall be responsible for organising and publicising the three SU Forums working with Union staff. They shall also be responsible for maintaining the Policy File and publishing records of meetings, supported by the Communications and Governance Co-Ordinator.  
  5.  The Co-President Democracy and Education shall be the lead delegate and liaison with NUS, and shall be the first point of contact within the Union.  
  6.  The Co-President Democracy and Education shall liaise with the appropriate members of School staff in the Library, Faculties and elsewhere to ensure that Union policy and campaigns are progressed.  
  7. The Co-President Democracy and Education shall be responsible for the running of the student representation system, in liaison with the Union’s Research and Representation Assistant, and for supporting the student representatives within the School.  
  8. The Co-President Democracy and Education shall provide information on the appropriate channels through which to raise issues with the School via the student representative and School committee structures.  
  9. The Co-President Democracy and Education shall be Chair of the Union’s Board of Trustees  
  10. The Co-President Democracy and Education shall be Chair of the Influencing SOAS Forum  
  11. The Co-President Democracy and Education shall be Vice-Chair of the Governance Sub-Committee.  
  12. The Co-President Democracy and Education shall be Chair of the Reps General Assembly.  
Co-President Activities & Events s 

The Co-President Activities and Events

The Co-President Activities and Events is responsible for ensuring that  Clubs and Societies are supported and developed as well as leading on major SU events and a wider events programme. 

Dates: 1st July – 31st July 

Hours: 35 hours per week, Monday-Friday 

Representative and Campaigner 

  1. Work alongside students, finding out their views and experiences and advocating on their behalf.  
  2. Acting in students interests by supporting student led campaigns and projects to improve their experience. 
  3. Represent SOAS students on School Committees and attend regular meetings with the Director of the School in order to make change in students' lives. 
  4. Represent the Union externally, working with other students' unions, the NUS and other organisations.  
  5. Work closely with other Union Officers and Union Staff members. 
  6. Engage in collective decision making and accountability with the Executive Committee by being accountable to them, consulting them before taking actions where practical, reporting activities as well as facilitating other members work.  
  7. Support democracy and promote active citizenship within the SU by attending and participating in democratic meetings such as General Meetings and Union Forums. 
  8. Create positive change in the SU by carrying out Union Policy set by members and your manifesto points.  

Trustee 

  1. All Sabbatical Officers are Trustees of the SU. This means that they are responsible for the finances, reputation and legal compliance of the Union.  
  2. Be responsible for ensuring the SU pursues its charitable objectives. 
  3. Oversee the governance, finance and strategy of the SU. 
  4. Ensure that the SU complies with its governing documents, charity law and other relevant legislation or regulations.  

Benefits

  1. Training and induction programme, including Trustee training and a handover between the outgoing and incoming officer team.  
  2. 30 days holiday, plus bank holidays and agreed closure days. 

Personal Profile

  1. Committed to students and SOAS SU 
  2. Ability to network, influence and communicate effectively 
  3. Willingness to represent students' opinions, even where they divert from your own 
  4. Ability to critically evaluate 
  5. Attention to detail in the context of strategic decision making 
  6. Ability to make rational and objective decisions 
  7. Act reasonably and responsibly when undertaking your responsibilities 

Responsibilities 

  1. The Co-President Activities and Events shall be responsible for encouraging the formation, and success of societies and sports teams within the Union.  
  2. The Co-President Activities and Events shall be responsible for organising the Societies Fayre in the first and second term and other events relating to societies.  
  3. The Co-President Activities and Events shall also be the main point of contact with the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and seek Sport Development opportunities from regional and national Bodies.  
  4. The Co-President Activities and Events shall be responsible for preparing an up-to-date list of active societies and publicising this. They shall also be responsible for the Sports and Societies area of the website and promoting its use, with support from the Communications and Governance Co-Ordinator.  
  5. The Co-President Activities and Events shall oversee the Union’s publicity policy and they ensure Union events are appropriately publicised on the Union website and via printed publications.  
  6. The Co-President Activities and Events shall be responsible for ensuring that societies’ budgets are set in line with SU procedures. The Co-President Activities and Events shall ensure that clubs and societies are spending their funds according to the stated aims of the Union and in the interests of each society’s members. 
  7. The Co-President Activities and Events shall be responsible for ensuring that societies are aware of regulations pertaining to the running of societies and that they abide by them. The Co-President Activities and Events shall be responsible for ensuring that all sports and societies have adequate training and information about health and safety issues and abide by policies set.  
  8. The Co-President Activities and Events, with the Co-President Equality and Liberation, shall be responsible for promoting and monitoring equality and diversity within sports, societies and extracurricular student activities.  
  9. Working with the Commercial Services Manager, the Co-President Activities and Events shall be responsible for organising a programme of Union entertainments. Reports on each event’s finances should be reported to the Union. They must ensure that all Union events are appropriately publicised.  
  10. The Co-President Activities and Events shall be responsible for funds raised for charity and must ensure that any fundraising on campus by societies and by the Students’ Union is followed through with an appropriate receipt and report. This is to be included in a report to the Board of Trustees.  
  11. The Co-President Activities and Events shall be the Chair of the SU Operations Forum.  
  12. The Co-President Activities and Events shall be the Vice-Chair of the Commercial Services Sub-Committee.  
  13. The Co-President Activities and Events shall be the Chair of the Societies Presidents Forum  
  14. The Co-President Activities and Events shall be the Chair of the Sports Forum  
Co-President Welfare & Campaigns

Co-President Welfare and Campaigns  

The Co-President Welfare and Campaigns is responsible for ensuring that the welfare of students is prioritised within the union and university, developing campaigns and initiatives that seek to improve student experience.  

Dates: 1st July – 31st July

Hours: 35 hours per week, Monday-Friday 

Representative and Campaigner 

  1. Work alongside students, finding out their views and experiences and advocating on their behalf.  
  2. Acting in students interests by supporting student led campaigns and projects to improve their experience. 
  3. Represent SOAS students on School Committees and attend regular meetings with the Director of the School in order to make change in students' lives. 
  4. Represent the Union externally, working with other students' unions, the NUS and other organisations.  
  5. Work closely with other Union Officers and Union Staff members. 
  6. Engage in collective decision making and accountability with the Executive Committee by being accountable to them, consulting them before taking actions where practical, reporting activities as well as facilitating other members work.  
  7. Support democracy and promote active citizenship within the SU by attending and participating in democratic meetings such as General Meetings and Union Forums. 
  8. Create positive change in the SU by carrying out Union Policy set by members and your manifesto points.  

Trustee 

  1. All Sabbatical Officers are Trustees of the SU. This means that they are responsible for the finances, reputation and legal compliance of the Union.  
  2. Be responsible for ensuring the SU pursues its charitable objectives. 
  3. Oversee the governance, finance and strategy of the SU. 
  4. Ensure that the SU complies with its governing documents, charity law and other relevant legislation or regulations.  

Benefits

  1. Training and induction programme, including Trustee training and a handover between the outgoing and incoming officer team.  
  2. 30 days holiday, plus bank holidays and agreed closure days. 

Personal Profile

  1. Committed to students and SOAS SU 
  2. Ability to network, influence and communicate effectively 
  3. Willingness to represent students' opinions, even where they divert from your own 
  4. Ability to critically evaluate 
  5. Attention to detail in the context of strategic decision making 
  6. Ability to make rational and objective decisions 
  7. Act reasonably and responsibly when undertaking your responsibilities 

Responsibilities 

  1. The Co-President Welfare and Campaigns shall represent the Union on the School’s Student Experience Committee, Resources and Planning Committee and on other committees as agreed by the Board of Trustees.  
  2. The Co-President Welfare and Campaigns shall be responsible for maintaining a confidential and safe environment within their office in which sensitive issues can be discussed. They shall ensure that all issues raised shall remain confidential unless otherwise authorised by the individual or required by law.  
  3. The Co-President Welfare and Campaigns shall refer students to appropriate internal or external bodies to help resolve a member’s issues. They shall not take on casework. 
  4. The Co-President Welfare and Campaigns shall identify areas for attention relating to general welfare of students and run campaigns where relevant. 
  5. The Co-President Welfare and Campaigns shall liaise with the School’s Student Advice and Wellbeing on welfare issues and encourage the use of the services within the School.  
  6. The Co-President Welfare and Campaigns shall liaise with the appropriate members of School staff in the Library, Faculties and elsewhere to ensure that Union policy and campaigns are progressed.  
  7. The Co-President Welfare and Campaigns shall liaise with the other Co-Presidents to campaign and raise awareness amongst students on education, equality and welfare issues and on education and welfare services available to members.  
  8. The Co-President Welfare and Campaigns shall liaise and meet with Sanctuary Students and other accommodation providers.  
  9. The Co-President Welfare and Campaigns shall work with the Welfare and Advice Caseworker to review casework relating to the student experience at SOAS in order to develop initiatives which might improve that experience.  
  10. The Co-President Welfare and Campaigns shall be the Chair of the SU Campaigns Forum. 
  11. The Co-President Welfare and Campaigns shall be the Chair of the Ethical and Environmental Forum.  
  12. The Co-President Welfare and Campaigns shall be the Chair of the Welfare Reps Forum.  
  13. The Co-President Welfare and Campaigns shall be the Vice-Chair of the Finance and Risk Sub-Committee.  
Co-President Equality & Liberation

The Co-President Equality and Liberation

The Co-President Equality and Liberation is responsible for championing equality, diversity and inclusion  throughout the SU and university, ensuring students from a marginalised background are represented and their needs met.  

Dates: 1st July - 31st July 

Hours: 35 hours per week, Monday-Friday 

Representative and Campaigner 

  1. Work alongside students, finding out their views and experiences and advocating on their behalf.  
  2. Acting in students interests by supporting student led campaigns and projects to improve their experience. 
  3. Represent SOAS students on School Committees and attend regular meetings with the Director of the School in order to make change in students' lives. 
  4. Represent the Union externally, working with other students' unions, the NUS and other organisations.  
  5. Work closely with other Union Officers and Union Staff members. 
  6. Engage in collective decision making and accountability with the Executive Committee by being accountable to them, consulting them before taking actions where practical, reporting activities as well as facilitating other members work.  
  7. Support democracy and promote active citizenship within the SU by attending and participating in democratic meetings such as General Meetings and Union Forums. 
  8. Create positive change in the SU by carrying out Union Policy set by members and your manifesto points.  

Trustee 

  1. All Sabbatical Officers are Trustees of the SU. This means that they are responsible for the finances, reputation and legal compliance of the Union.  
  2. Be responsible for ensuring the SU pursues its charitable objectives. 
  3. Oversee the governance, finance and strategy of the SU. 
  4. Ensure that the SU complies with its governing documents, charity law and other relevant legislation or regulations.  

Benefits

  1. Training and induction programme, including Trustee training and a handover between the outgoing and incoming officer team.  
  2. 30 days holiday, plus bank holidays and agreed closure days. 

Personal Profile

  1. Committed to students and SOAS SU 
  2. Ability to network, influence and communicate effectively 
  3. Willingness to represent students' opinions, even where they divert from your own 
  4. Ability to critically evaluate 
  5. Attention to detail in the context of strategic decision making 
  6. Ability to make rational and objective decisions 
  7. Act reasonably and responsibly when undertaking your responsibilities 

Responsibilities 

  1. The Co-President Equality and Liberation shall be responsible for promoting equality and diversity in all of the Union’s work, and ensuring that women students, black and minority ethnicity students, LGBTQ students, trans and non-binary students, disabled and carer students, working class students, mature students, international students, students of faith and any other marginalised groups of students are represented within the Union and that their needs met by the School.  
  2. The Co-President Equality and Liberation shall be responsible for monitoring and promoting the Union’s Equality and Diversity Policy.  
  3. The Co-President Equality and Liberation shall sit on the School’s Equality and Diversity Committee, and any other committees deemed appropriate.  
  4. The Co-President Equality and Liberation shall work closely with the Union’s liberation officers and support their work whilst respect the autonomy of each liberation group, as well as the Mature Students Officer and International Students Officer. 
  5. The Co-President Equality and Liberation shall work with the Co-President Activities and Events in promoting and monitoring equality and diversity within sports, societies and extracurricular student activities.  
  6. The Co-President Equality and Liberation shall identify areas for attention relating to equality and liberation and, working with the Co-President Welfare and Campaigns, run campaigns where relevant.  
  7. The Co-President Equality and Liberation shall be responsible for working to prevent and responding to incidents of harassment, abuse and discrimination on campus, with the support of the Union’s Advice and Welfare Caseworker and the relevant School staff.  
  8. The Co-President Equality and Liberation shall refer students to appropriate internal or external bodies to help resolve a member’s issues. They shall not take on casework for which they are not qualified.  
  9. The Co-President Equality and Liberation shall liaise with the appropriate members of School staff in the Library, Faculties and elsewhere to ensure that Union policy and campaigns are progressed.  
  10. The Co-President Liberation and Equality shall convene and become the link for the six liberation caucuses.  
  11. The Co-President Liberation and Equality shall convene and facilitate other networks and communities of students who wish to come together based on their identity or circumstances.  
  12. The Co-President Liberation and Equality shall be the Vice-Chair of the People and talent Sub-Committee. 

 

Preferenda Portfolio Officers

Sustainability Officer 

Salary: Voluntary 

Dates: 1st March 2024 – 31st July 2024 

Hours: Approx 2-3 hours per week 

 

Responsible for championing sustainable initiatives within the SU and University, working closely with the Officer Team and relevant Union and University staff.  

Coordinate the work and campaigns relating to sustainability with the rest of the SU, in order to ensure that such activities are as effective and engaging as possible 

Work with the wider Executive Committee to deliver campaigns and activities as laid out by Union Policy on matters relating to sustainability. 

Work alongside students, finding out their views and experiences and advocating on their behalf on matters relating to sustainability. 

Acting in students interests by supporting student led campaigns and projects relating to sustainability to improve their experience 

Where requested to do so, represent SOAS students on School Committees on matters relating to sustainability. 

Work closely with other Union Officers and Union Staff members 

Engage in collective decision making and accountability with the Executive Committee by being accountable to them, consulting them before taking actions where practical, reporting activities as well as facilitating other members work  

Support democracy and promote active citizenship within the SU by attending and participating in democratic meetings such as General Meetings and Union Forums. 

Create positive change in the SU by carrying out Union Policy set by members and your manifesto points. 

Students Against Securitisation and Surveillance (SASS) Officer  

Salary: Voluntary 

Dates: 1st March 2024 – 31st July 2024 

Hours: Approx 2-3 hours per week 

 

Responsible for championing Students Against Securitisation and Surveillance within the SU and University, working closely with the SASS Campaign, the Officer Team and relevant Union and University staff. 

Coordinate the work and campaigns relating to Securitisation and Surveillance with the rest of the SU, in order to ensure that such activities are as effective and engaging as possible. 

Work with the wider Executive Committee to deliver campaigns and activities as laid out by Union Policy on matters relating to Securitisation and Surveillance. 

Work alongside students, finding out their views and experiences and advocating on their behalf on matters relating to Securitisation and Surveillance. 

Acting in students interests by supporting student led campaigns and projects relating to Securitisation and Surveillance to improve their experience. 

Where requested to do so, represent SOAS students on School Committees on matters relating to Securitisation and Surveillance. 

Work closely with other Union Officers and Union Staff members. 

Engage in collective decision making and accountability with the Executive Committee by being accountable to them, consulting them before taking actions where practical, reporting activities as well as facilitating other members work  

Support democracy and promote active citizenship within the SU by attending and participating in democratic meetings such as General Meetings and Union Forums. 

Create positive change in the SU by carrying out Union Policy set by members and your manifesto points. 

Anti-Racism Action Officer 

Salary: Voluntary 

Dates: 1st March 2024 – 31st July 2024 

Hours: Approx 2-3 hours per week 

 

Responsible for championing Anti-Racist initiatives within the SU and University, working closely with the relevant Liberation Caucuses, Officer Team, and relevant Union and University staff. 

Coordinate the work and campaigns relating to anti-racism action with the rest of the SU, in order to ensure that such activities are as effective and engaging as possible 

Work with the wider Executive Committee to deliver campaigns and activities as laid out by Union Policy on matters relating to anti-racism action. 

Work alongside students, finding out their views and experiences and advocating on their behalf on matters relating to anti-racism action. 

Acting in students interests by supporting student led campaigns and projects relating to anti-racism action to improve their experience 

Where requested to do so represent SOAS students on School Committees on matters relating to anti-racism action. 

Work closely with other Union Officers and Union Staff members 

Engage in collective decision making and accountability with the Executive Committee by being accountable to them, consulting them before taking actions where practical, reporting activities as well as facilitating other members work  

Support democracy and promote active citizenship within the SU by attending and participating in democratic meetings such as General Meetings and Union Forums. 

Create positive change in the SU by carrying out Union Policy set by members and your manifesto points. 

Mental Health Awareness Officer 

Salary: Voluntary 

Dates: 1st March 2024 – 31st July 2024 

Hours: Approx 2-3 hours per week 

 

Responsible for championing mental health awareness initiatives within the SU and University, working closely with the Officer Team, and relevant Union and University staff. 

Coordinate the work and campaigns relating to mental health awareness with the rest of the SU, in order to ensure that such activities are as effective and engaging as possible 

Work with the wider Executive Committee to deliver campaigns and activities as laid out by Union Policy on matters relating to mental health awareness 

Work alongside students, finding out their views and experiences and advocating on their behalf on matters relating to mental health awareness 

Acting in students interests by supporting student led campaigns and projects relating to mental health awareness to improve their experience 

Where requested to do so represent SOAS students on School Committees on matters relating to mental health awareness 

Work closely with other Union Officers and Union Staff members 

Engage in collective decision making and accountability with the Executive Committee by being accountable to them, consulting them before taking actions where practical, reporting activities as well as facilitating other members work  

Support democracy and promote active citizenship within the SU by attending and participating in democratic meetings such as General Meetings and Union Forums. 

Create positive change in the SU by carrying out Union Policy set by members and your manifesto points. 

Arts and Culture Officer 

Salary: Voluntary 

Dates: 1st March 2024 – 31st July 2024 

Hours: Approx 2-3 hours per week 

 

Responsible for championing arts and culture initiatives within the SU and University, working closely with relevant Clubs and Societies, the Officer Team and relevant Union and University staff. 

Coordinate the work and campaigns relating to arts and culture with the rest of the SU, in order to ensure that such activities are as effective and engaging as possible 

Work with the wider Executive Committee to deliver campaigns and activities as laid out by Union Policy on matters relating to arts and culture 

Work alongside students, finding out their views and experiences and advocating on their behalf on matters relating to arts and culture 

Acting in students interests by supporting student led campaigns and projects relating to arts and culture to improve their experience 

Where requested to do so represent SOAS students on School Committees on matters relating to arts and culture 

Work closely with other Union Officers and Union Staff members 

Engage in collective decision making and accountability with the Executive Committee by being accountable to them, consulting them before taking actions where practical, reporting activities as well as facilitating other members work  

Support democracy and promote active citizenship within the SU by attending and participating in democratic meetings such as General Meetings and Union Forums. 

Create positive change in the SU by carrying out Union Policy set by members and your manifesto points. 

Cost of Living Campaigns Officer 

Salary: Voluntary 

Dates: 1st March 2024 – 31st July 2024  

Hours: Approx 2-3 hours per week 

 

Responsible for championing initiatives related to the Cost of Living Crisis within the SU and University, working closely with the Officer Team and relevant Union and University staff. 

Coordinate the work and campaigns relating to the cost of living with the rest of the SU, in order to ensure that such activities are as effective and engaging as possible 

Work with the wider Executive Committee to deliver campaigns and activities as laid out by Union Policy on matters relating to cost of living. 

Work alongside students, finding out their views and experiences and advocating on their behalf on matters relating to cost of living. 

Acting in students interests by supporting student led campaigns and projects relating to cost of living to improve their experience 

Where requested to do so represent SOAS students on School Committees on matters relating to cost of living 

Work closely with other Union Officers and Union Staff members 

Engage in collective decision making and accountability with the Executive Committee by being accountable to them, consulting them before taking actions where practical, reporting activities as well as facilitating other members work  

Support democracy and promote active citizenship within the SU by attending and participating in democratic meetings such as General Meetings and Union Forums. 

Create positive change in the SU by carrying out Union Policy set by members and your manifesto points. 

International Students Officer 

Salary: Voluntary 

Dates: 1st March 2024 – 31st July 2024 

Hours: Approx 2-3 hours per week 

 

Responsible for championing initiatives relating to the international students experience within the SU and University, working closely with relevant Clubs and Societies, the Officer Team and relevant Union and University staff. 

Coordinate the work and campaigns relating to international students with the rest of the SU, in order to ensure that such activities are as effective and engaging as possible 

Work with the wider Executive Committee to deliver campaigns and activities as laid out by Union Policy on matters relating to international students 

Work alongside students, finding out their views and experiences and advocating on their behalf on matters relating to international students 

Acting in students interests by supporting student led campaigns and projects relating to international students to improve their experience 

Where requested to do so represent SOAS students on School Committees on matters relating to international students 

Work closely with other Union Officers and Union Staff members 

Engage in collective decision making and accountability with the Executive Committee by being accountable to them, consulting them before taking actions where practical, reporting activities as well as facilitating other members work  

Support democracy and promote active citizenship within the SU by attending and participating in democratic meetings such as General Meetings and Union Forums. 

Create positive change in the SU by carrying out Union Policy set by members and your manifesto points. 

Afrikan Studies Officer 

Salary: Voluntary 

Dates: 1st March 2024 – 31st July 2024 

Hours: Approx 2-3 hours per week 

 

Responsible for championing initiatives relating to afrikan studies within the SU and University, working closely with relevant Liberation Caucuses, relevant Clubs and Societies, the Officer Team and relevant Union and University staff. 

Coordinate the work and campaigns relating to afrikan studies with the rest of the SU, in order to ensure that such activities are as effective and engaging as possible 

Work with the wider Executive Committee to deliver campaigns and activities as laid out by Union Policy on matters relating to afrikan studies 

Work alongside students, finding out their views and experiences and advocating on their behalf on matters relating to afrikan studies 

Acting in students interests by supporting student led campaigns and projects relating to afrikan studies to improve their experience 

Where requested to do so represent SOAS students on School Committees on matters relating to afrikan studies 

Work closely with other Union Officers and Union Staff members 

Engage in collective decision making and accountability with the Executive Committee by being accountable to them, consulting them before taking actions where practical, reporting activities as well as facilitating other members work  

Support democracy and promote active citizenship within the SU by attending and participating in democratic meetings such as General Meetings and Union Forums. 

Create positive change in the SU by carrying out Union Policy set by members and your manifesto points. 

 

NUS Conference Delegates

NUS Conference Delegate x 1 place 

Salary: Voluntary 

Dates: 17th-18th April 2024 + additional training 

  1. Represent SOAS students at the annual NUS Conference on the 17th-18th April 2024 

  1. Decide the policy and campaigns for the National Union of Students. 

  1. Attend workshops, events and networking opportunities that relate to the student movement. 

  1. Attend a training session and debrief 

Please note, NUS require that 50% (rounded down) of the delegates we send to the National Conference must self-define as women. 

After the preferenda has finished the 8 ideas with the highest number of votes will become the roles for that year. The next step is to elect students to these roles. Nominations will open and current students will be able to put themselves forward. After this, there will be a cross-campus ballot where students will be able to vote for the candidate that they want to see be elected. The candidate with the highest number of votes will be elected!

Elections are regulated by the Elections Rules, these are published prior to the election taking place and are overseen by the Union's Returning Officer and Deputy Returning Officer

Rules  

The elections are governed by the Election Rules, which can be viewed here. There are 6 guiding principles of the elections which ensure that the elections are free and fair, these are:

  1. Candidates must treat other candidates, students and members of the public with respect. This includes engaging in healthy debate, to not to campaign negatively or defame individuals character.  

  1. Candidates’ campaigns should be fully transparent and accountable to the union.  

  1. Candidates must not do anything to gain an unfair advantage.  

  1. Candidates must not undermine the fair and democratic running of elections.  

  1. Candidates shall be responsible for the actions of their campaign teams. 

  1. Candidates must not break any general Union and School rules and regulations. This also includes the Law. 

If you feel that the rules have been broken you may submit and election complaint.

  

Complaints 

Complaints must be submitted via the Complaints Form, provide details of the election rule which is alleged to have been broken along with evidence.  

Complaints must be received via the Complaints Form no later than one hour after the close of voting.  For this election the deadline shall be Thursday 29th February at 3pm. 

Should a candidate be in breach of the Election Rules the potential actions are: 

  1. An informal warning 

  1. A formal warning 

  1. Campaigning Ban 

  1. Disqualification 

  1. Any other action deemed necessary by the Deputy Returning Officer or Returning Officer 

Candidates can appeal a decision using the Union's Complaints Procedure. For the purpose of that Procedure they will be entering at the Appeals stage.  

Please see the Election Rules for more information.

 

Elections FAQ's

When do elections take place?

Elections for Reps and the Preferenda Portfolio roles normally take place in the Autumn Term. Elections for the Co-President roles takes place in the Spring Term. The timeline for elections will be published prior to the election taking place in the election notice.

How does voting work?

Voting in SOAS SU Elections uses Single Transferable Vote (STV). STV means that candidates do not need to win a majority, but instead must reach a quota/proportion of the vote. The quota is determined by the number of votes cast and the number of positions to be filled. The quota is: Total votes cast / (Number of ‘seats’ available +1) +1
 
When voting students select their candidates in order of preference and are able to vote for as many or as few as they like. When the voting has closed, Candidates are excluded if it is impossible for them to reach the quota, their votes are then transferred in order of preference, this ensures that fewer votes are wasted.  In addition to the candidates in the election students are also able to select Re-open Nominations.  

Can International Student Stand and Vote?

Yes, international students can normally be a Sabbatical Officer, and Visa extensions can be granted for the purposes of undertaking a Sabbatical role. You will be liable for paying any additional fees. If you have any questions please contact the School’s Immigration Team.  

Find out more on the UKCISA website.  

International students can also run for Part-Time roles and NUS Conference Delegate roles as these are voluntary and do not have set or regular hours.

Can I undertake the roles alongside studying?

For Part-Time and NUS Delegate roles absolutely, you will need to be enrolled in a current programme of study.  

For Sabbatical roles, you will be expected to work Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm, therefore continuing full-time study is not normally possible.

Where can I find out more about election rules?

When an election is taking place the election rules will be published online and you will be able to view them. All students will be able to make a complaint if a candidate or their team is breaching the rules. 

 

 

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