Nominations are now open and close on Monday 9th March!



RSU Elections 2020

31 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 12:00 on Monday 9 March 2020 (in 2 weeks and 3 days)

The polls open at 10:00 on Monday 16 March 2020 (in 3 weeks and 3 days)

Post List
Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

Students wishing to stand as candidates should self-define as a part of the community each role represents. Click here to update your self-definition.


Candidates standing in the RSU Elections 2020 must read, and agree with adherence to the Election rules.

By submitting a nomination, candidates confirm their agreement to operate within the rules.

Candidates wishing to stand for the position of President, Vice President (Education) Vice President (Community and Welfare) or any of the College President positions must organise an informal (15-30 minute) meeting with the RSU Interim Chief Executive or Student Voice Coordinator, or the Head of the respective college by no later than Friday 6th March 2020.

You can nominate yourself online by logging in on the RSU website and clicking 'Stand In Election' button (above). Paper nominations won't be accepted in this Election.



If you have been thinking about running, or don't really know what it's about but want to find out, we invite you to attend one of our Election Workshops or Drop-In sessions!

At Workshops we will run through a variety of topics to give you an overview of the Election process, give you some useful tips about manifesto writing, poster design and campaigning, and explain what the Full time and Part time officers do so you know what to expect from the role.

We are running four Workshops. You can attend any session, all will cover the same content:
  • Froebel College - Wednesday 12th February, 16:00-17:00, GH.010, Grove House
  • Digby Stuart College - Friday 21st February, 14:00-15:00, HO.103, Howard Building
  • Whitelands - Monday 24th February, 16:00-17:00, Room GO70, Whitelands Main Building, Ground Floor 
  • Southlands - Wednesday 4th March 16:00-17:00, QB147, Queens Building

Election Drop-Ins cover a summary of the content given at the Election Workshops, so if you'd prefer to see someone one on one or have a few more questions to ask these are the perfect option for you. Just drop in for as long as you need to, it can be anything from a 5 minute chat to a 30 minute discussion!

We are offering a variety of Drop-In slots, all happening at the RSU - just come to the Reception and ask to attend an Election Drop-In:
  • Tuesday 25th Feb, 2pm-3pm 
  • Wednesday 26th Feb, 4pm-5pm
  • Thursday 27th Feb, 1pm-2pm
  • Tuesday 3rd March, 1pm-2pm
  • Thursday 5th March, 3pm-4pm


Manifestos can only be submitted online. 

Manifestos must be submitted before the close of Nominations. late submissions will not be accepted.



Candidates are required to attend a briefing session on Monday 9th March 17.00-19.00 (Room GO36, Gilbert Scott Lecture Theatre, Whitelands College). Candidates who do not attend this, without advising the Deputy Returning Officer risk disqualification from the elections.



Candidates wishing to use printed publicity must send a PDF of their poster or flyer design, along with their desired quantities by no later than 12.00 on Tuesday 10th March. RSU will print candidate publicity and release it to all candidates at a date and time set by the Deputy Returning Officer.



Candidate training on public speaking will be offered on Tuesday 10th March 17.00 - 19.00 in the Portrait Room, Froebel College. Attendance to this is optional.



Candidates will be invited to deliver a speech and participate in an debate with other candidates at an event on Thursday 12th March 17.00 - 22.00. Candidates will be provided a schedule of speeches and debates by the Deputy Returning Officer in advance.



Voting in the elections will take place online at and at polling stations located across each University College.

Voting opens at 10.00 on Monday 16th March
Voting closes at 15.00 on Thursday 19th March



Candidates are permitted to claim 50% of their respective election expenses from RSU. Expense claim forms must be submitted with receipts that clearly denote expenditure to the RSU reception no later than 12.00 on Friday 20th March.



Election results will be announced on Friday 20th March from 16.00 in Monte Hall.



If candidates or students have any questions about the 2020 RSU Elections, please contact the Deputy Returning Officer - Johanna Korhonen by sending an email to


You can find further information in the Elections Candidate Pack