How to become a Rep


Reps are elected by the students they are to represent, at the start of the year, right here on this website.

Positions open

The number of Student Representative positions available per Department, Centre or School for the 2021-22 academic year are as shown below:



1x Rep per 50 students, per Foundation Year Pathway (Business, Management, Economics and Law; Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities)


1 Rep per programme (ELAS / FDPS / ICC)

UG (per Department)

1 Rep for up to 50 students

plus a Rep for every additional 50 students.

(The exact student numbers will be known once enrolment is over, and the number of posts will be adjusted at that time)


1 Rep per programme including MRes and Postgraduate diploma programmes

1 Rep per online/distance learning programme


1 Rep for MPhil; 1 Rep for PhD per Department


Timeline for election




Nominations period

27th Sept – until 8th Oct at 5pm

Voting Period

11th Oct, 9am to 18th Oct, 10am

Results Announced

18th Oct (5pm)

Welcome meeting for all new Reps

20th Oct (2pm)

How To Run and How To Vote

How to run for election

You must be a fully enrolled SOAS student to run for Student Rep.

The nomination period will stay open until 5pm on the 8th October, and fully enrolled students can make their nomination anytime until then.


Once you are fully enrolled you should be able to see the posts open to you. The form to make a nomination is below. Once you submit a nomination you will get to a page where you can optionally add a photo and manifesto of up to 200 words.


We have two video guides to demonstrate the nomination process:

  1. How to nominate yourself
  2. Adding and amending your manifesto


If you are fully enrolled - and have received your 'Confirmation of Enrolment Letter' - but are not able to access any part of the election below, please use this enquiry form


How to vote

Once voting opens logged-in enrolled students will be able to see their candidates and to vote. You will be asked to order the candidates in order of preference. Again, if you have any access problem or error message, use the enquiry form or email with a screenshot of the message.

Instructions will appear on the ballot.


General questions, enquiries and problems with access.


If you are fully enrolled - and have received your 'Confirmation of Enrolment Letter' - but are not able to access this page, please get in touch


For questions about:

  • the election process
  • any problem logging in
  • any issue with the positions you are eligible to nominate in


Either submit an enquiry form, or email


Student Rep Elections Autumn 2021

Online elections for Student Representatives in each department, for 2021/22.

128 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 17:00 on Friday 8 October 2021 (in 10 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Monday 11 October 2021 (in 12 days)

Please log in to see more details.


Page last updated: 27 Sep 2021 14:41