Union Elections

Union Elections happen annually in Autumn and Spring, and are your opportunity to run and vote for who you want to be your next Sabbatical and Executive Officers.

Find out more about how elections work, when our next election is, and how to nominate yourself below.


Union Elections: Autumn 2021

This election is for 11 part-time officer roles within the Students' Union, and the Research Students Association President and 5 Board Members.

13 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 10:00 on Monday 25 October 2021 (in 6 days)

The polls open at 10:00 on Thursday 28 October 2021 (in 9 days)

Post List
Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.


Important Documents

Interested in SOAS SU Elections?

Then you should familiarise yourself with the following documents before starting your nomination:

  • Officer Role Descriptions: Find out more about our Officer roles.
  • RSA Information: Find out more about the Research Students Association.
  • Election Handbook: The most important document for anyone interested in running in a Union Election - you must read this!
    Fully details the election process and rules.
  • Manifesto Guidance: Get advice on how to write your manifesto.
  • Complaints Form: Use thie form to submit a complaint about a candidate running in a Union Election.

When's the Next Election?

The next Union Election is: Autumn 2021 where we will be looking to elect:


  • Academic Affairs Officer
  • Accommodation Officer
  • Anti-Racism Officer
  • Environment Officer
  • Mature Students Officer
  • Postgraduate Research Officer
  • Postgraduate Taught Officer
  • Part-Time Students Officer
  • Research Students Association President
  • Research Students Association Board Member (x5)
  • Student Parents Officer
  • Trans* & Gender Identity Officer
  • Working Class Students Officer


The timeline for this election is:

Nominations Open 10m, Monday 11th October
Nominations Close 10am, Monday 25th October
Candidate Meeting 12pm, Monday 25th October
Campaigning Period

1pm, Monday 25th October 
5pm, Friday 29th October

Hustings N/A
Voting Opens 10am, Thursday 28th October
Voting Closes 5pm, Friday 29th October
Complaints Deadline 6pm, Friday 29th October
Results Expected 6:30pm, Friday 29th October


The Elections Clerk for this election is Jack Di Francesco.
They are responsible for administering this election.
Contact them with any questions, complaints, or nomination/voting issues.


The Deputy Returning Officer for this election is Matthew Clark.
They are responsible for ensuring a fair election, responding to any issues and complaints raised by the Elections Clerk.
Contact them with any complaints against the Elections Clerk only.


The Returning Officer for this election is the National Union of Students (NUS).
They are responsible for ensuring a fair election, and will make final decisions on issues and complaints raised by the Deputy Returning Officer.
You will not need to contact them. Please raise everything through the EC / DRO who will escalate if necessary. 

How to: Nominate Yourself

Interested in running in an Election?

When nominations open you'll be able to submit your nomination through the Election Widget, which will appear at the top of this webpage.


To nominate yourself you will need to submit a photo and manifesto before the nominations deadline. Once you've submitted your nomination you will receive an email to let you know the next steps.


Make sure you read through the Elections Handbook (above) to find out everything about the election process!

How to: Vote

During an Election Voting Period all SOAS students are able to cast their votes!


Using the Election Widget, which will appear at the top of this webpage, you can view all candidate manifestos and rank your choice of candidates for each position available.


You will need to login to the SU website to cast your votes, and only students who identify with liberation groups will be able to vote for liberation officer roles. You can self-ID for these roles ini your 'Profile' on the Election Widget.


If you have any questions about any of the Officer roles available, you can always reach out to our Current Officers to ask questions!


For any further information on Union Elections, please contact the SU Governance, Communication & Sustainability Coordinator.


This webpage was last updated on: 11 Oct 2021 15:19