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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you thinking about nominating yourself but have questions or concerns? If so, you've landed on the right page. 

Below you'll find a collection of questions that will help you understand both standing and running in the elections. Make sure to check out the 'Useful Info' page.

What do I have to do now?

The only thing you have to do at the moment is put your name in by nominating via cardiffstudents.com/elections. You don't need to have an idea of what you want to achieve or have anything prepared. Just submit your name - it's super easy!

Is it going to cost me money to take part in the Elections?

Nope! We reimburse all candidates. You can spend a maximum of £30 on your campaign. All you need to do is provide us all of your receipts and the finance form, and you'll get all the money back. If spending £30 upfront is an issue, you can arrange a meeting with our Elections team by emailing Elections@Cardiff.ac.uk.

I'm in an International Student - can I take part?

Yes - Our current Students' Union President and Vice President Welfare and Campaigns are international students, just make sure to speak to the International Office about your Visa.

I'm a Postgraduate Student / Researcher - can I take part?

Yes - Our current Vice President Postgraduate Students is a part-time postgraduate student. Just make sure you talk to your supervisor / tutor as well as our Elections team.

Aren't elections still just a popularity contest at the end of the day?

Candidates win by talking to people and having genuine conversations. Yes, the most ‘popular’ policies and candidate wins but they might only know other students on their course and no-one else! Students want someone that will look out for their interests, that doesn’t mean that they know everyone.

Do I stand a chance of winning the election if there is an incumbent (someone who is already doing the job) standing?

Winning one election does not mean that you will win another one. Every candidate is in with a chance of winning as it is up to the students who vote to decide who gets into post.

I'm not sure what to put in my manifesto (reasons for standing) - help!

Well…we have a whole bunch of resources on our website to help you see what other people have put in their manifestos previously. We also advise that you talk to students to understand their experience. Learn what they need and want from their Students' Union and University.

Who do I choose for my campaign team?

We provide training on how to campaign and the tools you’ll need. Any student can be a part of a campaign team – however, they will be seen as an extension of candidates; if they do something that breaks the Elections regulations then the candidate will be deemed to have broken the regulations and could be removed – so make sure your team is filled with people you trust. Candidates have won before without having anyone else with them, they have won by simply having genuine conversations with students.

Can I run in the election in my placement year?

Yes. It's a brilliant opportunity to gain skills and run lots of exciting projects.

Do I have to know the job inside out?

All of our officers get training. You can start by knowing absolutely nothing about the Union or the job! We support any and every student to be an Officer regardless of their knowledge level of the role.

 

Information on Campaigning

 

How do I campaign?

We will teach you how to campaign! Our Student Voice team will be putting on a variety of events, workshops, and training sessions to support all candidates.

Do I have to miss my lectures during Elections week?

In no way do we condone candidates missing lectures. If you decide to miss any scheduled teaching we strongly advise that you plan ahead to complete any work ahead of schedule, meet with your tutors / teachers, ask others to make notes for you, and also watch recorded Panopto content as soon as you can.

If you are attending lectures (as advised) schedule social media posts during that time and ask your campaign team to talk to students during that time.

What do you mean by 'students must be free to cast their vote without undue influence or pressure'?

Simply put, candidates cannot bribe or intimidate students to vote for them.

We have a whole host of different ways that students can cast their votes; iPads, laptops, and paper ballots at our ballot stations. Students can use their own devices to vote, but candidates cannot provide a method for students to cast their votes. i.e. candidates cannot hand over an iPad for a student to use to vote for them. All votes are private.

You need to send a screenshot of what they are seeing on the webpage and send us your Student ID from your Cardiff University email address. We also have ballot stations with paper ballots across both campuses and will also be heading to the National Software Academy in Newport.

 

If you still have questions - please get in touch with our elections team: Elections@cardiff.ac.uk.

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Key Dates

Nominations open Monday 23 September (12:00)

Nominations close Thursday 17 October (12:00)

Voting opens Monday 4 November (09:00)

Voting closes Thursday 7 November (17:00)

Results announced As soon as possible after Thursday 7 November