University College London Union

Information for Candidates

Candidates Breakfast Briefing

Every weekday morning: 9.15am-10.00am

This is a daily surgery for anyone who has any questions about the elections to come along and ask. Pop by for a coffee (other beverages also available) and we’ll be there to answer any questions that you have. Come along any weekday morning to find us in The Study on the second floor of the UCLU building at 25 Gordon Street. 

FAQs for Standing in the Elections

There are a number of questions that you may have about standing in the elections. Check out our FAQs for Standing in the Elections which covers questions about standing for both Sabbatical and Part Time positions.

Job Shares for Part Time positions

You have the option of running for all Part Time positions jointly with another student as a job-share. In terms of the election you would be a single candidate. If elected you would share the role and the duties that it requires. If you are concerned about the time commitment of a particular role this might be an option which you may want to consider. (Please note that this option is not available for Student Trustee positions).

If you have any questions about this please email the contact detailed below.

Elections Budget

All candidates can spend up to £100 each.  You can claim your expenditure back as long as you have valid receipts. All campaign expenditure needs to be listed on your elections budget and where available receipts should be attached.  Where no receipts are provided, the cost must reflect market value. Checks may be made on the internet. 

All candidates must submit their Elections Budget to the Room 410, 25 Gordon Street by 10am on Thursday 05/03/2015.  Failure to do this may result in election disciplinary action. 

You can download an Elections Budget Form below.

How to write a manifesto?

Writing an election manifesto needn’t be something to tear your hair out about. Essentially, your manifesto should state what you would plan to do in your time of office, and what changes you would make. It isn’t an excuse to bad mouth your opposition, or make unrealistic promises. Take some time before you write it to think about what you believe you can achieve and what the voters would respond to.

Click here for a link to a guide for writing a manifesto.

Important documents and further information

Guidance Document on Elections (PDF)

UCLU Memorandum & Articles of Association (PDF)

UCLU Bye-Laws (PDF)

Candidates Briefing Presentation Slides (PDF)

Elections Budget Form (PDF version / MS Word version)

Positions available and nomination forms

Staff Student Protocol (PDF)

How to write a manifesto

UCLU Governance Structure - August 2013 (PDF)

The voting system explained (Youtube video)

Election Schedule




Nominations open

Thursday 22 January 2015


Thinking of Standing event   6:30-7:30pm, Thursday 29 January 2015   B10 Seminar room 1, Bentham House
Thinking of Standing event   6:30-7:30pm, Tuesday 3 February 2015    D103, 25 Gordon Street
Thinking of Standing event   1-2pm, Wednesday 4 February 2015   IOESU Bar, Institute of Education, Bedford Way

Nominations close (and deadline for manifestos)

10am, Monday 9 February 2015


For IOE Students’ Officer: Nominations close (and deadline for manifestos)   10am, Friday 13 February 2015   Online

Candidates’ Briefing (and Declaration of Nominations)

6:30pm, Thursday 12 February 2015

Garden Room, Wilkins Building

For IOE Students’ Officer: Candidates’ Briefing (and Declaration of Nominations)   6pm, Monday 16 February 2015   Room 347, SSEES Building, 16 Taviton Street

Campaigning starts

Monday 23 February 2015

Online and all over campus

Voting opens

10am, Thursday 26 February 2015


Candidates Question Time   1:00pm, Wednesday 4 March 2015   Outside the Quad Marquee in the Main Quad

Voting closes

10am, Thursday 5 March 2015


Candidate’s Budget Deadline   10am, Thursday 5 March 2015  

410, 4th floor, 25 Gordon Street.

Elections Results Party

6:00pm, Thursday 5 March 2015

South Quad

Maps & Directions

The Representation & Campaigns Department is located on the fourth floor of the UCLU building at 25 Gordon Street.

The Main Quad is located in the Main Wilkins Building on Gower Street. 

The Wilkins Garden Room in the Wilkins Building, just off the South Cloisters.

The Study is located on the second floor of the UCLU building at 25 Gordon Street.

South Quad is the outside space next to the Print Room Cafe.

Taviton (16) 347 is on the third floor of the SSEES Building on Taviton Street.

A map of the UCL campus is available here.

Have a question?

For questions or queries regarding the elections please contact one of the following:

Hannah Sketchley
Democracy & Communications Officer

020 7679 5178

Mohamad Fahed
Returning Officer (Union Chair)

Simon To
Representation & Campaigns Manager
020 7679 7707