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Current Elections

What elections are currently running at UWS?

Vote for your next Student President Team from 9.30am on the 5th of March until 23.59pm on the 7th of March 


What are the Big Elections?

These elections are when UWS students choose who their student presidents, school officers, and PGR reps will be for academic year 2024/2025.

Students nominate themselves for the position they are interested in, and then all UWS students can vote for their preferred candidates.

The winners will hold these roles for a year - and the president roles are full time and paid so it's really important that you choose the candidates who are best able to represent you. 

Find out more below or email representation@uwsunion.org.uk with any specific questions you have!


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Big Elections 2024 Timetable

Session What is it? Date/Time


Drop in Manifesto Development and Q+A Sessions
This online session will help you to develop ideas for your manifesto, and answer any questions you may have about running for election. This will be held on Microsoft Teams
 

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 394 456 183 890
Passcode: UdExp9

Thursday 1st February 12-1pm

Friday 2nd Februray 12-2pm 
Nominations Open You can put your name forwards for election and start your journey! Monday 5th February 9.30am 
Online Drop in Question and Answer Sessions Provide you with an opportunity to ask any questions they have about standing for elections. This will be held on Microsoft Teams
 

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 366 462 353 811
Passcode: i7SuKc

12-1pm on
Monday 12th
Tuesday 13th
Wednesday 14th
Friday 16th 
February. 
Nominations Close

Deadline for close of nominations for all positions.

All candidates will receive further information and instructions after this date.
Thursday 15th February
11.59pm 
Elections Campaigning Workshops How to run a campaign: designing materials, reaching voters, using social media and more! This will be held on Mircrosoft Teams.
 

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 331 419 196 516
Passcode: EV3buD

12-2pm 
Monday 19tth
Tuesday 20th
Thursday 22nd
Friday 23rd
February
Candidate Briefing and FAQ
MANDATORY
You must attend this session to have your candidacy approved. This will provide you with an overview of the elections rules and support available to you.  Wednesday 21st February 2pm-4pm. 
Manifesto Feedback These are 15 minute sessions to provide feedback on your manifestos. Manifestos must be submitted at least 48 hours prior to your booked session. You can also request feedback via. email. 

E-mail david.devlin@uws.ac.uk to book your session. 
Book an appointment that suits you before the 21st February. 
Public speaking and Confidence building sessions

In partnership with Academic Skills, the workshop aims to support potential candidates to feel confident to speak to students about their manifestos. We'll discuss public speaking and presentation skills with a view to building your confidence.

You must register to attend, please go to:

https://uws.careercentre.me/u/qyp8irb5

Tuesday 27th Feb 

and

Thursday 29th Feb

in person:  10am-11am

online:  12pm-1pm

Manifesto Deadline Upload your manifesto by this time or your candidacy will be withdrawn.  Friday 1st March, 12pm. 
Video Editing Deadline Candidates standing for Student President/VP positions are provided with professional video editing support.Video content must be sent to the video editor no later than the deadline or your video will not be produced in time for voting week.  Friday 1st March, 12pm
Voting Opens All students are able to vote! Tuesday 5th March, 9.30am
Drop in Voting Week Support Sessions

Provides candidates with a space to talk about how their campaigns are going and support each other.

Link to join has been sent to candidates directly

Tuesday 5th,

Wednesday 6th, and

Thursday 7th March

2pm to 3pm

Voting Closes Voting is closed! Sit back, relax, and wait for the results night.  Thursday 7th March, 11.59pm 
Big Elections Results Party The results for all positions will be announced at Your Union, UWS Paisley Campus

 

Friday 8th March,

5pm

Student President Roles

Student Presidents are the full time student leadership team of the Students' Union. There is one Student President, and three Student Vice Presidents, each with a different area of work.

Student Presidents lead the students’ union after being elected by UWS students, and their main job is to represent students. They work to deliver their election promises and sit on the University Court and Senate – the highest decision making bodies of the university. They are the people who bring the student voice right to the University management.

They are called "sabbatical" officers because they pause their studies for a year or take up the role as they graduate. You cannot continue to study while serving as a Student President - you must talk to your programme leader about deferring your studies for a year. 

Student Presidents are paid £23,141 a year and will begin their role on the 24th June.

There are four Student President positions so there's a role to suit you and whatever you care about most!

Many UWS meetings are held in person on Scottish campuses so successfully elected Student Presidents must already live in, or move to live in Scotland. 

You can read more detail about each of the presidents roles and how each one fits within the union in the executive committee bylaw for the Students' Union.

The main role of all Student Presidents is to advocate for and improve the university experience for students.

FAQs

Role descriptions

Volunteer Roles

Post-Graduate Research Roles

Support for Candidates

We offer lots of support for candidates and you can read about it all in more detail on our candidates information page. 

Elections Principles and Rules

A full list of elections principles and rules can be found on our candidates information page.

If you feel that a candidate has broken the rules you can submit a complaint by e-mailing David.Devlin@uws.org.uk stating which rule you think has been broken, and providing any evidence to support this.


Election FAQs

We'll be updating these as the election goes on and we get more questions!


Questions or Complaints

If you have any questions about the election, please contact us by emailing david.devlin@uws.ac.uk. All enquiries are kept in the strictest confidence.

If you would like to make a complaint about the election please download and complete the Elections Complaint Form before sending it to David.


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