Each year, the Students’ Union facilitates the election process for all student group committee positions. Committee members play a key role in the running of our groups, including core activity, events, fundraising, and much more. Importantly, they also make sure that groups are inclusive, respectful, and driven.


If you are a fully paid member of the student group in question, and a current RHUL student then you are eligible to run for a committee position. You can run by nominating yourself using the online survey on the SU website, which will become available at the beginning of the nominations period. 


All Student Groups must elect their own leadership, who will be accountable to the Union and its members for the success and good conduct of the group. These leaders (committee members) are responsible for ensuring that their group:

 

  • Is run democratically (e.g. the majority of its voting committee roles are elected, and there is an elected President) 

  • Accounts for its finances (e.g. there is an elected role specifically designated as Treasurer)

  • Keeps accurate records of its activity (e.g. there is an elected role specifically designated as Secretary) 

  • Acts in line with the aims stated at the time of its ratification (i.e. the committee regularly communicates its activities with its members).


So what do you need to know about student group elections 2021?


Key Dates

Nominations Open1 April 10am
Nominations Close30 April 12pm
Voting Opens4 May 10am
Voting Closes6 May 12pm
Results Announced6 May 5pm


Introducing New Positions

If you want to amend any of your committee positions that will be up for election, whether that be add a position or remove one then you will need to follow the constitution changes process outlined here. All proposed constitution changes must be sent to VPSocSport@su.rhul.ac.uk by 1 March. After you have received approval, you have until 21 March to have the new constitution voted on by your members and sent to the Student Opportunities team. 


Here are some template remits for common positions that might help assist with any position changes you decide to make:


Competitions

This year, we are introducing a bit of healthy competition among student groups to provide incentive to really push your elections this year! There is £100 up for grabs, read the information below to find out what you need to do:

  1. Groups that have reached the same or more number of members than last term by 26 March will be entered into a draw to win £50 for their student group - this will be based on members who purchased their membership (incl. Free memberships) on your group webpage.

  2. Group with the highest voter turnout (by %) for group with over 30 members and for groups with under 30 members will win £50 for their group



#ContinueOurStory

Student Group Elections is a really important time of year for student groups as it is how to ensure your group’s future success by making sure there is a committee to take on the running the next academic year. We do recognise that given the current circumstances student engagement has decreased and members have experienced a different year than what your group would normally be able to do. 


However, being a committee member is still a huge achievement and provides students with multiple opportunities that better their CVs, develop their skills, improve their student experience and more! Therefore we want to highlight to students what being a committee member means and why they should get involved. So, over the nominations period (1 - 30 April) we will be releasing a series of Instagram posts as part of our #ContinueOurStory campaign profiling our current and previous committee members, and their highlights of their time running a student group. 


If you would like to get involved then please fill out the form below by 2 April! All we need is:

  • A short quote / one sentence summarising the best thing about being a committee member

  • A few sentences about why you have enjoyed being a committee member and why someone else should nominate themselves for a position

  • A photo of yourself that can be shared on @RHSUSocSport’s Instagram


#ContinueOurStory Form