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.


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 Role Descriptions: Find out more about our Research Students Association roles.
  • 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:


  • Accommodation Officer
  • Environment Officer
  • Mature Students Officer
  • Postgraduate Research Officer
  • Postgraduate Taught Officer
  • Part-Time Students Officer
  • 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


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: 24 Sep 2021 11:45