Frequently Asked Questions [Voters]:

Arts SU Elections 2022

 

Are you ready for the Elections? Here are some frequently asked questions around voting which we wanted to share information on to help inform you when casting your vote. 

 

1. Who am I electing? 

Your Students’ Union holds annual elections to allow you to choose your student leaders for the next academic year. There are six Full-Time Student Officers (also Sabbatical Trustees) who will work on a full-time basis, taking a break from their studies or immediately after graduation and twenty-four Part-Time School Representatives who will work on a voluntary basis alongside their ongoing studies.  

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.  

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.  

Voting Opens on Monday 7th March, 10am and closes on Friday 11th March, 2pm.
We will then announce the results at our Election Results Party 272 High Holborn, Blueprint Cafe at 6pm - all UAL students are welcome to attend. 

Full-Time Officer Roles x 6

  • Camberwell, Chelsea & Wimbledon Officer 
  • Central Saint Martins Officer 
  • London College of Communication Officer
  • London College of Fashion Officer 
  • Student Communities Officer 
  • Union Affairs Officer 

School Representative Roles x 24 

  • Camberwell, Chealsea & Wimbledon: Design | Art | Performance & Foundation  
  • London College of Communication: Design | Media | Screen  
  • London College of Fashion: Fashion Business | Design & Technology | Media & Communication 
  • Central Saint Martins: Art & Performance | Fashion, JTM, PCID | C&E, GCD, Spat. Practices  

 

2. How do I vote? 

When you're ready to vote, simply go to www.art-su.com/yourvoice/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. 

Any enquiries about our elections can be sent to us directly at democracy@su.arts.ac.uk or visit our office at High Holborn, LCF.  

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

 

3. Can I vote in person? 

YES YOU CAN! 

Arts SU will be organising a series of 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
7/3/2022 11.00 - 15.00

LCF John Princes Street

7/3/2022 11.00 - 15.00 LCF – BluePrint Cafe 
8/3/2022 11.00 - 15.00 Chelsea – Entrance to Café, opposite Reception
8/3/2022 11.00 - 15.00 Camberwell: Opposite reception, before ticket barriers
09/03/2022 11.00 - 15.00 CSM - The Street
10/3/2022 11.00 - 15.00 LCC – Foyer Area to Canteen
10/3/2022 11.00 - 15.00 Wimbledon – Café/Canteen
 

 

4. 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 at Candidate List (arts-su.com) . 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. 

 

5. What roles can I vote for? 

We are encouraging all students to vote for :

1. College Officer - dependent on which college you belong too. 
2. Communities Officer - this role applies to all of UAL in supporting community development at the University 
3. Union Affairs - this role applied to all of UAL in representing the SU to key UAL services and stakeholders. 

4. School Representatives - you will vote for your school representatives in your school. 

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

 

6. 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. Manifestos 
The manifestos you elect your representatives on will become a big part of the Students' Union priorities for the year ahead in what to lobby UAL senior staff on, campaigns to run and events to organise to improve the student experience at the University. 

Previous work has included:
- 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
- Wellbeing Pop-Ups, Liberation Events/Exhibitions and Enterprise initiatives. 

2. Reactive Work 
When events or circumstances change quickly for the student body, your representatives are the first to respond as the voice of the Students' Union - often framing how UAL responds to address the needs of students.

In the past this has happened with :

- Covid-19 
- Black Lives Matter - UAL's response and continual Anti-Racism Strategy 
- UCU Strikes 
- World events impacting specific student communities - recently this has included supporting students affected by conflict in Ukraine, Hong Kong, Afghanistan. 

3. Portfolio Work & Stakeholder Relationships 
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. Often manifesto and reactive work are also progressed through UAL meetings and decision making. 

4. Student Feedback 

Your representatives are always listening to the feedback you raise both directly with them, Arts SU staff and in various surveys, consultations and forum groups ran throughout the year. Your opinions, concerns and thoughts are always are the forefront of your representative's decision making and relayed to UAL staff and committees. 

 

7. How does voting exactly work? 

We use a voting system called Single Transferable Voting. This means on the ballot, you rank candidates in order of preference, 1 (as your first choice) to as many or few as you want to order. When counting the votes if a candidate doesn’t get enough first preferences, second preferences are counted and so on until a candidate wins enough votes outright or until all preferences have been counted. This process ensures your elected representatives are the most popular choice among all voters.  
 
This is why it is so important to rank multiple candidates as your vote preference can make all the difference to who is elected.  


 


8. Can I vote for more than one person running 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. 

 

9. Who is RON (Re-Open Nominations)? 

There is also the option to vote for RON – which stands for 'Re-Open Nominations'. If for example, you believe none of the candidates running for a position take your fancy, you can choose to vote for RON. If enough students also do the same, we will re-open that position for a by-election later in the year.

 

10. When are the results announced? 

The results of the election are announced on the Friday 11th March, 6pm at 272 High Holborn, Blueprint Cafe. If you can't make our results party we will be also announcing the results subsequently on our website and Arts SU Instagram page.  
 
We will also be uploading the vote count if you would like to see the exact amount of votes cast for each candidate and how the preferences were totalled amongst the candidates. 

 
11. 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:

- Attending a SU Members Meeting or Termly Forum: these are held once a term throughout the year. Keep an eye out for our next meeting. 

- SU Consultation groups - we hold a variety of different consultation groups throughout the year which are also paid to ensure they are accessible to all students. 

- Become a Course Rep: course reps are at the forefront of decision making and representing the student voice within their course and inputting to decisions made at a school level. 

- 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. 

Our Myths & Trusts Article can also be accessed at Myths & Truths - Arts SU Elections 2022 (arts-su.com)