FAQ

How does the Single Transferable Vote (STV) voting process work

RUSU uses the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system which provides voters with much more choice and influence. STV means Candidates do not need the majority of votes to win, but instead a “quota” or proportion of the vote. The ‘’quota’’ is determined by the number of votes cast and the number of posts to be filled.

When voting you will be asked to list your candidates in order of your preference (first, second, third and so on). You can vote for as many or as few candidates as you want.

 

When voting has closed, surplus votes can be transferred to a further competing candidate(according to the voter’s order of preference) if the first choice candidate is eliminated during a count or has more votes than required for election. Unlike other voting systems, where only a small number of votes actually contribute to the result, STV ensures that very few votes are wasted.

How many Student Voice Members are you electing?

There are thirteen Student Voice Member positions up for grabs! Nine positions are reserved for postgraduates and four are reserved for undergraduates. All postgraduate and undergraduate students can nominate themselves for one of these roles. At close of nominations; Elections Committee took decision to amend role distribution to ensure maximum number of students are elected onto Student Voice. There are now three positions reserved for postgraduates and ten reserved for undergraduates.

What is Student Voice? Find out more about student voice here

Student Voice is a democratic forum which enables members of Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU) to discuss and review ideas for change as well as hold elected full-time Student Officers to account.

Student Voice is made up of 55 elected representatives from all areas of RUSU, from societies and sports clubs committees, to School Reps & Part-Time Officers. Find out more about Student Voice here

I’m currently enrolled on a foundation course; can I still run in this election?

No. Unfortunately, students currently enrolled on foundation courses are not eligible to run in this election.

If I am successfully elected, for how long will I be in office?

The elected candidate for all positions will spend a year in office.

How much time will I have to commit to the role of Student Voice Member?

You will need to attend 3 Student Voice meetings throughout the academic year. The meetings will all take place in Monterey Lounge on the following dates:

• Thursday, 9th November 2017, 6-8pm
• Tuesday, 31st January 2018, 6-8pm
• Thursday, 10th May 2018, 6-8pm

Can I nominate myself in this election if I already hold one of the following elected positions: Society Committee Member, JCR Committee Member, Sports Club Committee Member, Undergraduate School Rep?

Yes – you can nominate yourself in this election if you already hold any of these elected positions within RUSU. You can hold both positions at the same time.

Can I nominate myself in this election if I already hold one of the following elected positions: RUSU Part-time Officer?

As a RUSU Part-time Officer, you are a member of Student Voice. Therefore, there is no requirement for you to nominate yourself in this election.

Can I nominate myself in this election if I have nominated myself in the Undergraduate Course Rep Elections?

Yes – you can nominate yourself in this election even if you have nominated yourself in the Undergraduate Course Rep elections. You can hold both of these positions at the same time.

Can I nominate myself in this election if I have nominated myself in the Postgraduate Elections?

You can nominate yourself in this election even if you have nominated yourself in the Postgraduate Elections. You can hold the position of Postgraduate Course Rep, Postgraduate School Rep and Student Voice member at the same time. Postgraduate students can put themselves forward for any of the roles they are eligible to stand for and they can put themselves forward for more than one role.

If you get elected as a member of Student Voice and you then get elected as Postgraduate Taught Part-time Officer (role already has membership on Student Voice), RUSU will return to the Student Voice election and run a further round of the count and elect the candidate who received the next highest number of votes in the Student Voice election; they will then be elected to become a member of Student Voice alongside you.

What is a manifesto? Find more information on how to write a manifesto

A manifesto is a term used to describe a short statement which tells people more about a candidate and what they want to achieve whilst holding an elected position. It tells students why they should vote for the candidate. It outlines aims and ideas and is an opportunity for candidates to tell students why they are the best person for the role.


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