Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a collection of questions that will help you understand the elections process. If you still have questions, please get in touch with our elections team via


Getting Informed


Why should I vote?

Voting in the Spring elections allows you to have your say in who will be representing your interests as a student. The elected candidates will sit on university committees to speak up on behalf of students, campaign for changes around campus, and ensure that your student experience is the best it can be.


Every student has a right to vote in the elections, so make sure you don’t miss the opportunity for your voice to be heard!

Where can I find out more about the candidates?

To help you decide who to vote for, you can read the candidate manifestos. Each candidate can submit a manifesto outlining their priorities and experience. You can read the candidates’ manifestos on the ‘Meet The Candidates’ tab here.




Do I have to vote for every position?

It’s important to vote for as many positions as possible, to ensure that those candidates who are successfully elected represent your interests, However, you don’t have to vote for every position if you don’t want to.

What do I do if I don't like any of the candidates?

If you don’t like any of the candidates for a position, you can choose to vote R.O.N., which stands for Re-Open Nominations. If R.O.N wants the election, the Students’ Union will re-open nominations and the election cycle will start over.

I'm a postgraduate student. Can I still vote?

Yes! All students can vote, including postgraduate students, international students and distance learners. Every student has a right to vote for the elected officers who will represent them.

I am not a Cardiff University student. Can I still vote?

Only current Cardiff University students can vote in the elections.

How does single transferable voting work?

The Students’ Union use a single transferable voting system for elections. This means voters can rank the candidates for each position by order of preference. In elections with multiple candidates, this means your second preference will be taken into account even if your first preference is unsuccessful.

When will I find out the results?

The results will be announced on Friday 8th March. Keep an eye out on the Students’ Union website and social media accounts for the results!


Problems and Concerns


What if I can’t vote?

There is a few things to try before flagging this with the Students' Union. If you are having problems logging into all university systems, you may need to reset your password. You should also try logging in using your student number both with and without the ‘C’.


If you are still struggling, you can go to the ‘Still Having Problems?’ link at the bottom of the help page on the website, and it will direct you to our web team, who will be able to help. To make this process quicker, make sure to get in touch using your Cardiff university email, including your student ID number and a screenshot of what you are seeing on the voting page within your email.


If you require any further support, please contact

I have voted but not received a voucher?

Anyone who votes in the Students’ Union Election will receive an email on Friday 8 March detailing how to redeem their voucher. Collection of vouchers will begin from Monday 11th March 2024 and voters will have until Friday 29th March to collect.

What if I think a candidate has broken the rules?

If you need to make a complaint about a candidate, visit our complaints page and fill in the online form.



Find out more

Key Dates

Nominations open Monday 11th December 2023 (10:00)

Nominations close Tuesday 6th February 2024 (16:00)

Voting opens Monday 4th March 2024 (10:00)

Voting closes Thursday 7th March 2024 (16:00)

Results announced Friday 8th March 2024