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.


No elections are currently running


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: Spring 2022 where we will be looking to elect:


  • Academic Affairs Officer
  • Accommodation Officer
  • Anti-Racism Officer
  • Campaigns Officer
  • Co-President Activities & Events
  • Co-President Democracy & Education
  • Co-President Equality & Liberation
  • Co-President Welfare & Campaigns
  • Disabled Students and Carers Officer
  • Entertainment Officer
  • Environment Officer
  • International Officer
  • LGBTQIA+ Officer
  • People of Colour Officer
  • Sports Officer
  • Trans* & Gender Identity Officer
  • Womxns Officer
  • Working Class Students Officer


The timeline for this election is:

Nominations Open 9am, Monday 7th February
Nominations Close 9am, Monday 7th March
Candidate Meeting 12pm, Monday 7th March
Campaigning Period

1pm Monday 7th March 
5pm Friday 18th March

Hustings TBC
Voting Opens 9am Monday 14th March
Voting Closes 4pm Friday 18th March
Complaints Deadline 5pm Friday 18th March
Results Expected 5:30pm Friday 18th March


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: 07 Jan 2022 10:58