University College London Union

Information for Candidates

Thinking of standing?

If you unsure about whether you want to stand for election or simply just want to know more information come along to one of our ‘Thinking of Standing’ events. At these you will be able to get more information on the election process and to hear what its like to run in an election from some of our elected officers. You will also have the chance to ask any questions that you have about the positions or the elections more broadly.

Thinking of standing events

30 September, Quad Marquee, 7 - 8pm

1 October, Quad Marquee, 1-2pm

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.

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. Items received free of charge will count towards your budget, unless freely available to all candidates equally.

All candidates must submit their Elections Budget to the Representation and Campaigns office (4th floor, 25 Gordon street) by 10am (extended to 3pm to coincide with voting closing) on 10am Friday 17 October 2014. Even if you spend £0, you still need to submit a budget or ">email by the deadline. Failure to do this may result in election disciplinary action. 

You can download an Elections Budget Form by clicking here.

Important documents and further information

Guidance Document on Elections (PDF)

UCLU Memorandum & Articles of Association (PDF)

UCLU Bye-Laws (PDF)

Elections Budget Form (PDF)

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

10am, Monday 1 September 2014


Thinking of Standing event   7-8pm, Tuesday 30 September 2014   Quad Marquee
Thinking of Standing event   1-2pm, Wednesday 1 October 2014   Quad Marquee

Nominations close (and deadline for manifestos)

10am, Friday 3 October 2014


Candidates’ Briefing (and Declaration of Nominations)

18:30pm, Monday 6 October 2014

Wilkins Haldane Room

Campaigning starts

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Online and all over campus

Voting opens

10am, Friday 10 October 2014


Candidates Question Time   TBC   TBC

Voting closes

10am, Friday 17 October 2014


Candidate’s Budget Deadline   10am, Friday 17 October 2014  

Representation and Campaigns Office, 4th floor, 25 Gordon Street.

Elections Results Party

18:00pm, Friday 17 October 2014


Maps & Directions

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

The Quad Marquee is located in the Main Quad which is in the Main Wilkins Building on Gower 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