Standing FAQs:

Why should I stand for a role?

There are endless reasons why you should stand for a role that if we listed them all you’d be here a very long time. In summary standing in an election is an exciting experience, where you can meet new people, learn more about UAL and Arts SU, and develop so many skills.  

If you’re successful, you get to speak on behalf of other students, grow as an individual and develop creative changes to improve the student experience. Being a student representative also enables you to: 

  • Connect with students across UAL. 

  • Develop skills in empowering creative voices, problem solving, communication and team working. 

  • Grow confidence in representing yourself and other creatives within the Arts. 

  • Develop understanding of Arts education and the challenges facing students today.  

  • Attend socials, arts active events, training and personal development opportunities provided by Arts SU & UAL. 

  • Shape the future of UAL and Arts SU. 

Which roles can I stand for?

In the Arts SU By-Election, students are electing 7 NUS Conference Delegates, 6 NUS Liberation Conference Delegates, and the School Rep Roles. 

School Reps work on a voluntary basis alongside their ongoing studies to represent the student voice at School level. NUS Delegates, also voluntary, get the opportunity to attend the national NUS Conference, or the NUS Liberation Conference, representing all UAL students on a national scale. 

These representatives speak and act on behalf of students in the Union, University and wider community fighting for them on an institutional, local and national level.   

School Representative Roles x 9:

  • Camberwell, Chelsea & Wimbledon: Art (x1) 

  • London College of Communication: Media (x2) | Screen (x2) 

  • London College of Fashion: Fashion Business (x1) | Design & Technology (x2) 

  • Central Saint Martins: Fashion, JTM, PCID (x1)   

NUS Delegate Roles x 13:

  • NUS National Conference Delegates (x7) 

  • NUS Liberation Conference Delegates (x6): 

  • Black, Asian & Minority Ethnicity student (x1) 

  • Black, Asian & Minority Ethnicity Woman student (x1) 

  • Disabled student (x1) 

  • LGBTQ+ student (x1) 

  • Trans & Non-Binary student (x1) 

  • Woman student (x1) 

For more information on the roles available, and to put yourself forward, visit Elections & Roles Key Info

How can I stand for a role?

  1. To stand you need to be logged into your Arts SU website account, which you can do by clicking 'Log in' in the top right-hand corner. This guide gives you instructions on how to log in

  1. You then need to submit your details on the standing form, which you can find here, ensuring your name and email address is correct so that we can contact you about your candidacy.   

  1. Now scroll down and you will be able to see the positions that you can stand for. Find and select the correct position you wish to stand for and click “Stand”.  

  1. Once you have clicked “Stand” and submitted your nomination, the page will update and state that you are now standing for your selected position. You will then have the opportunity to complete/upload your candidate publicity, slogan and photo.  

If you need any support with putting yourself forward, please email democracy@su.arts.ac.uk

When does standing close?

You can put yourself forward for a role until 12pm (midday) on Monday 31st October. 

I do not know whether to stand for a role, what should I do?

Check out the Elections Guide in our Elections Hub or our other webpages which are filled with information and resources about the roles available, the elections process and the benefits of running for a role.  

You could also pop along to one of our Introduction to SU Elections Sessions where you can learn more about the roles, meet some of the staff team running the elections, and ask us any questions you might have. 

Ultimately, if eligible, which role you decided to run for is up to you. Delegate roles require very specific engagement building up to the relevant conference next spring whereas School Rep roles run until the end of June. 

It’s important to think about what you will enjoy, can contribute towards and or improve for students. Speak to friends, lecturers and family members to see which one they think you’d be best at. Alternatively, you can get in touch with Arts SU by emailing democracy@su.arts.ac.uk and we can schedule a Teams call for a chat with one of our staff members who will give you support and advice on whether any of these roles are for you. 

Who can stand?

Any current UAL students who will be studying here until June 2023 are eligible to stand for the roles in this election. However, there are certain requirements for some roles.  

For example, you can only stand to be a School Rep in the School you study in (e.g. only students who study in LCC: Screen School can stand for the LCC Screen School Rep role).  

Similarly, candidates standing for the NUS Liberation Conference Delegate Roles should represent one or more of the liberation groups below: 

  • Black, Asian & Minority Ethnicity 

  • Black, Asian & Minority Ethnicity Woman 

  • Disabled 

  • LGBTQ+ 

  • Trans & Non-Binary 

  • Woman 

I am an International Student, can I stand?

Yes, all current UAL students who will be studying here until June 2023 can stand for the roles in this election. 

What are the hours like?

For School Reps, we suggest that you spend no more than 2-3 hours per week on your role, although this will vary depending on the time of year. For example, you may have weeks where you spend extra time on the role due to scheduled board meetings, but this should balance out by spending less time on the role at quieter times of year.  

For NUS Delegates, you will need to attend a 1-2 hour briefing session delivered by Arts SU so you know what to expect at the conference, plus travel time to and from the conference, and of course the two days at the conference itself. We then ask delegates to attend a debrief meeting with us so they can feedback any significant discussions, and their experience as a whole. 

I do not have the skills I need. Will there be training available?

We know that some of these roles are unique and not ones that many students would have done before. We’re not expecting you to come with all the skills, knowledge and experience you need to carry out the role. Of course, this can make it easier for you, but we will ensure you have the skills, confidence and knowledge to carry out your role effectively. You’ll be supported by a range of staff from Arts SU and work closely with staff from UAL. 

The skills you’ll learn and develop during your year in office will allow you to adapt to all sorts of different roles and open-up various opportunities for your future. These roles are opportunities for you to develop your skills, knowledge and experience. 

Who can I contact if I have a query or issue?

If you have a query about anything elections related, please email our Elections Team at democracy@su.arts.ac.uk

Why do I have to submit publicity, a photo, and summary text?

It is not compulsory to submit publicity and summary, but it is in your best interests to create something to tell students about the kinds of issues that interest you and what you’d like to achieve.  

Both are ways for candidates to put their ideas and personality forward to voters. If you have good publicity, students are more likely to vote for you. 

Make sure in your publicity you answer the following questions: 

  • What are the top 3 issues affecting students? 

  • What personal qualities will you bring to the role? 

  • Why would the wider School Rep/NUS Delegate Team be better with you in it? 

The information you provide will be available on the Arts SU website and linked to the online voting pages. You have until 12pm Thursday 3rd November to complete your publicity and summary text on your candidate profile.

What happens during the standing period?

During standing period, students who are interested in the roles available will put themselves forward and submit their publicity. 

Anyone who puts themselves forward will then have to attend a candidates’ briefing session after the standing period has closed where they learn about the important rules, key dates and process. No campaigning should happen during the standing period and will only begin once voting opens. 

What is 'Suggest a Student'?

Suggest a student is run by Arts SU to encourage excellent students to stand in the elections. Simply put, it’s a form that any current UAL student or staff member can complete to suggest that a student puts themselves forward in the elections.  

Once they have completed this form, the student they suggested will get a notification from the SU saying that someone thinks they would be great at a role and should stand in the elections. You can find this form here

When do the names of students become public?

The names of candidates will be announced on the Arts SU website at the same time voting opens at 10am on Monday 7th November. Students will be able to see who is standing and their publicity here.  

Can I stand for more than one role?

You can stand for more than one role if they are in different groups. For example, you could stand for an NUS Delegate role, as well as the School Rep role for the school that you study in. However, you would not be able to stand for more than one NUS Delegate role. 

Voting FAQs:

Who am I electing?

Arts SU holds two sets of elections annually, in February-March, and October-November, to allow you to choose your student leaders for the next academic year.  

In this election, there are a number of School Rep roles, who will work on a voluntary basis alongside their ongoing studies to represent the student voice at School level.  

In addition, there are the NUS Delegate roles, also voluntary, who get the opportunity to attend the national NUS Conference, or the NUS Liberation Conference, representing all UAL students on a national scale. 

These representatives speak and act on your behalf in the Union, University and wider community fighting for you on an institutional, local and national level.   

Candidates produce publicity that contains the ideas and principles of their campaigns. They produce these to help inform your vote – showcasing how they will represent you and address your needs. You can see their publicity and the candidates standing in this election here

Voting Opens on Monday 7th November, 10am and closes on Friday 11th November, 2pm, with results announced on our website. 

School Representative Roles x 9 

  • Camberwell, Chelsea & Wimbledon: Art (x1) 

  • London College of Communication: Media (x2) | Screen (x2) 

  • London College of Fashion: Fashion Business (x1) | Design & Technology (x2) 

  • Central Saint Martins: Culture & Enterprise, GCD, Spatial Practices (x1)   

NUS Delegate Roles x 13 

  • NUS National Conference Delegates (x7) 

  • NUS Liberation Conference Delegates (x6): 

  • Black, Asian & Minority Ethnicity student (x1) 

  • Black, Asian & Minority Ethnicity Woman student (x1) 

  • Disabled student (x1) 

  • LGBTQ+ student (x1) 

  • Trans & Non-Binary student (x1) 

  • Woman student (x1)  

How do I vote? 

When you're ready to vote, simply go to www.arts-su.com/elections, log in via your student account, click the vote button and start voting. You will then be sent to a online ballot where you will be able to rank the candidates in order of preference 1 (first choice) to as many or few preferences you wish to cast. When you are finished , simply click No Further Preferences and cast your vote.  

To vote in the elections: 

  1. Go to www.arts-su.com/elections and click the “Cast your Vote” page. 

  1. To vote you need to be logged into your Arts SU website account.  

  1. Now scroll down and you will be able to see the 'candidate list’ where you can find all the candidates and manifestos in this election.Once you have read the manifestos, click the ‘vote’ button. 

  1. You will then be able to rank the candidates in order of preference from 1 (first choice) to as many or few preferences you wish to list.  

  1. When you are finished ranking your preference(s), click ‘No Further Preferences’ and cast your vote. 

  1. You will receive an email from us once you have cast your vote.  

If you have followed the steps above but are still having trouble voting, please email democracy@su.arts.ac.uk.  with an explanation of your issue, and an attached screenshot if possible. 

How do I log into the Arts SU website? 

To be able to cast your vote in these elections, you need to be logged into the Arts SU website. Here are some instructions on how to do this.

Can I vote in person? 

YES YOU CAN!  
 
Arts SU will be organising some voting stalls throughout the voting week across all the colleges. At these stalls you can vote on one of our voting devices, talk to a member of SU staff and find out more information about the election. These stalls include: 
 

DATE 

TIME 

LOCATION 

7/11/2022 

12.00 - 14.00 

LCF – Lime Grove Reception 

8/11/2022 

12.00 - 14.00 

LCF – John Princes Street Canteen 

10/11/2022 

12.00 - 14.00 

LCC – SU Office (previous Foyer Area to Canteen) 

 

Where can I find out more about the candidates standing? 

All the candidates have written manifestos to help inform your vote, which you can read by going to arts-su.com/yourvoice/elections/vote and clicking 'candidate list’. 

Candidates also have publicity featured on the Arts SU Instagram page and will be out and about across the campuses looking to talk to you.  

What roles can I vote for?  

All students can vote for: 
 
School Representatives - They work on a voluntary basis alongside their ongoing studies to represent the student voice at School level. The school reps who represent you could have a huge impact on your academic experience at UAL. 

NUS Delegates – Also voluntary and will represent UAL students on a national-level at NUS Conference or the NUS Liberation Conference, influencing nationwide policies related to the student experience. 

You can find a list of all courses at UAL and which school they fall into - Click Here  

How do these roles affect me?  

These representatives are your voice and act on your behalf in the Union, University and wider community fighting for you on an institutional, local and national level. 

1. Priorities & Understanding 
The publicity that candidates publish in the elections can demonstrate their understanding of issues students are facing, and what they believe are priorities for students. The work they do throughout the academic year will be based on this, therefore, it’s important that you vote so that you get to have a say on what your representatives are prioritising for you. 
 
Priorities could include: 
- Decolonising the Curriculum/UAL initiatives  
- Amendments to UAL Policies including Inclusive Crits, Extenuating Circumstances, Racial Trauma, Attendance Monitoring , Mandatory Disability Training.  
- Community Mobilisation events and partnerships with local arts institutions and charities 
- More affordable and accessible study resources 
 
2. Reactive Work  
When events or circumstances change quickly for the student body, your representatives are the first to respond as the voice of students - often framing how UAL responds to student concerns. 
 
In the past this has happened with : 
- Covid-19  
- Black Lives Matter - UAL's response and continual Anti-Racism Strategy  
- UCU Strikes  
 
3. Stakeholder Relationships & Representation 
Representatives sit on various committees across the colleges and UAL departments to ensure the student's voice is always inputted and considered in all aspects of decision making at the University. Electing individuals who will do this effectively and accurately is critical to ensuring student views are heard. 
 
4. Student Feedback  

The representatives you elect will be listening to and collecting your feedback, raising it and working on developing solutions in collaboration with Arts SU and UAL. It’s important that you have your say to make sure your opinions, concerns and thoughts are always at the forefront of your representative's decision making and relayed to UAL staff and committees.  

How does voting exactly work?

Arts SU uses the Single Transferable Vote to elect student representatives. This means that each voter gets the chance to rank candidates in the order they wish to see them elected – they will select numbers rather than just put a mark against one candidate. 

You can rank the candidates in order of preference from 1 (first choice) to as many or few preferences you wish to list, until you’ve ranked all the candidates you wish to. 

A winning candidate must receive a certain number of votes (known as quota) to be elected, which will change depending on the number of votes cast. This is in our opinion, the fairest method as it means candidates must have wide support to win. 

Can I vote for more than one person standing for one role?

So you can preference more than one person running for one role. So lets say there are five candidates running for one role; you are able to preference from 1 (first choice) to 5 (last choice) all the candidates in order. This means when we count the votes, if your first choice doesn't receive enough votes, your vote is then carried over to your second choice and so on.  
 
Again, this ensures your vote is maximised in our Single Tranferable Voting System.   

Who is RON (Re-Open Nominations)?

All elections include RON (Re-Open Nominations) which allows students to make a positive vote, even they don’t agree with the policies of any of the candidates standing. Although we would urge students to consider using this option carefully as it could leave the role vacant until the next election. 

When are the results announced?  

The results of the election are announced on the Friday 11th November, 6pm on our website and Arts SU Instagram page.    

I want to get further involved in SU decision making, how do I do this? 

Voting in our election is just one of many ways you can get involved in SU decision making. Other ways you can get involved include: 
 
- Attend an Annual Members Meeting: these are held annually and are an opportunity for students to hear from the Union’s Trustees, Elected Officers, and work together to develop policy and campaigns that matter to UAL students. The next Annual Members Meeting is on 30th November at 4pm. Venue TBC, so keep an eye on our social media and website for more details. 
 

- Submit an idea on our Ideas page: we have set up a brand new page on our website where any current UAL student can submit topics for discussion, propose policy, and suggest campaign ideas to improve student life here at Arts. Idea submissions will be taken to the new Student Forums (previously Student Council) and the Annual Members Meeting. 

- Attend Student Forum: This is a termly meeting where any current UAL student can come and discuss important issues affective student experience at UAL. 

- Join a Society: we have a variety of political based societies that are involved in various campaigns and initiatives at UAL.  

- Simply Pop Us An Email: just send us an email to info@su.arts.ac.uk and we will put you in touch with the relevant representative or staff member to support your enquiry.  

Keep an eye out for the newsletters we send you every Sunday as these list all the ways you can get involved.