Frequently asked questions

We are committed to making sure that every student is able to participate fully in the elections process.

Elections regulations, terms and the jargon used can be daunting and hard to understand but don’t let this put you off nominating yourself or getting involved! Outlined below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that students have about elections.

If you have a specific question that you can’t find the answer to in these pages please get in touch with the elections team directly via email elections@rusu.co.uk, over the phone 0118 378 4146, or in person by popping in to the RUSU ARC Centre.

How do I nominate myself to run in this election?
When are this year’s elections taking place?
What roles are being contested in this election?
Why is it important to self-define my gender when nominating myself for this election
How does the voting process work?
What does RON stand for?
What is quorum?
What is a manifesto?
Who should I contact if I have specific access requirements or need extra support to take part in the elections process?

 

When are this year’s elections taking place?

To see a detailed timetable of this year’s elections including when you can nominate and when voting opens click here.

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What roles are being contested in this election?

A full list of roles open for nomination in this election can be found here. To be eligible to run for certain roles in this election you must self-define.

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How do I nominate myself in this election?

For instructions on how to nominate yourself to run in the NUS delegate election, click here

Make sure you self-define your gender in order to be eligible to run in this election.

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Why is it important to self-define my gender when nominating myself?

At last year’s annual NUS Conference, a policy was passed to ensure that delegations to the National Conference 2015 would be made up of ‘at least 50% self-defining women’ to ensure fair representation at the conference.

Self-definition is perhaps most simply understood as an outward expression of your personal identity. How you choose to identify yourself. Self-definition is not only important in terms of defining one’s personal identity, but it can take on a political importance too, as recognition of the oppression that certain groups within our society face. We feel it is important that these issues, and the students affected by them, are represented by students who have had first-hand experience of the oppression faced by those they represent. That is why, in order to be eligible for certain roles, during elections, we ask you to self -define.

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How does the voting process work?

At RUSU we operate a single transferable vote (STV) system of voting. STV is a preferential method of voting which has been designed to minimise wasted votes. Under STV candidates don't need a majority of votes to be elected, just a known 'quota', or share of the votes, determined by the number of people who cast a vote and the number of positions to be filled. Voters rank the candidates in order of preference. If no single candidate reaches quota after the first preference votes are counted, the least popular candidate is eliminated, and their votes are transferred proportionally across all the other candidates, according to the voter’s specified preferences. This process is repeated until one candidate exceeds quota, or in elections where more than one position is contested, enough candidates reach quota to fill the roles available.

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What does RON stand for?

RON stands for Re-Open Nominations. You can put RON as a preference if you feel that the remaining candidates are not suitable for the position.

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What is quorum?

Quorum is the minimum number of votes that have to be cast in order for the election to be valid.

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What is a manifesto?

A manifesto is an opportunity for candidates to tell students why they should vote for them. It outlines what the candidate will do if elected and any relevant experience the candidate has which they feel makes them the best person for the role.

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Who should I contact if I have specific access requirements or need extra support to take part in the elections process?

RUSU is committed to ensuring that its elections processes are fully accessible to the entirety of its membership. If your personal circumstances are such that you feel you will require extra support in order to take part in these elections, please contact RUSU’S Diversity and Integration Co-ordinator on 0118 378 4118, or by email atj.robertson@reading.ac.uk .

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