Make Your Mark Elections 2021

Wolves SU is proud to be a democratic organisation that puts students at the heart of everything it does. Wolves SU is run by students, for students and every year all Wolverhampton University students have the opportunity to either become one of or vote for one of the representative positions available.

This year we have three elections running at the same time! Main thing to remember is that in the NUS National Conference and the Make your Mark election, you can only nominate yourself for one position. In the Liberation Conference election, you can nominate for any position you self-define in.

 

Make your Mark Elections

Voting is now open!

It's time for you to #MakeYourMark and vote in Elections 2021.

Help decide which students will best represent your voice by voting in this years' elections.

Who will stand up for the causes you believe in? Who will do the best job at listening to the views of all students at Wolverahmpton? Who will make a real difference to the rest of your time at University? It's time to have your say...

VOTE NOW

View Your Candidates

Want to get to know your election candidates better? See what they stand for and what they promise to deliver by checking out the candidate manifestos.

Voting closes at 5pm, Thursday 4th March.

NUS National Conference Elections

Each year we elect six students to be Wolverhampton’s delegates to the National Union of Students Annual Conference. They make sure the voice of Wolverhampton students is heard in setting the policy of the National Union of Students, and in electing its leadership. Any student at Wolverhampton University can nominate themselves to be a delegate. You can nominate yourself to be a delegate and run as a candidate in the Make your Mark Election and Liberation Conference elections, you will need to nominate yourself in these elections separately, but all roles will be elected at the same time.

This role is voluntary and you must attend the duration of the conference (including time for travelling to and from the location, unless it is taking place online) as well as briefing prior to the conference and debriefing after.

 

Positions available

There are 6 positions available to attend the National Conference and 3 of these places must be filled by women. This is in line with NUS national policy that 50% of the delegation must be women, rounded down.

Liberation Conference Elections

The Liberation Conference brings together student activists from NUS Liberation campaigns to build policy and discuss issues affecting students from Liberation groups. NUS Liberation campaigns support and fight for the rights of Black*, Disabled, LGBT+, Trans and Women students. Any student who self-defines into a listed liberation group at Wolverhampton University can nominate themselves to be a delegate. You can nominate yourself to be a delegate and run as a candidate in the Make your Mark Election and NUS National Conference elections, you will need to nominate yourself in these elections separately, but all roles will be elected at the same time.

This role is voluntary and you must attend the duration of the conference (including time for travelling to and from the location, unless it is taking place online) as well as briefing prior to the conference and debriefing after.

 

Positions available

There are six positions available to attend this conference:

  • One Black* Student
  • One additional place for a Black* Woman Student
  • One Trans Student
  • One LGBT+ Student
  • One Disabled Student
  • One Woman Student
*the NUS use Black to mean students from African, Asian, Arab and Caribbean heritage. All of these delegates must self-define in their respective category.

Nominations 1st February – 19th February

Voting 1st March – 4th March

Results 5th March

 

Liberation Conference 23rd March - 25th March (online)

NUS National Conference 6th April - 8th April (online)

Elections Events

 

Recommend a Friend Opens

 

MONDAY 18 JANUARY - 9AM

This is your opportunity to recommend a friend to stand as a candidate in this years Make your Mark Elections. Once recommended, they will receive an email with more information on how they can get involved.

 

Nominations Open

 

MONDAY 1 FEBRUARY - 9AM

It is now possible to nominate yourself online to represent Wolverhampton University students as either one of the full time, paid officer positions or for the voluntary position of Chair of Union Council. Even if you have been recommended, you will need to nominate yourself on the Wolves SU website.

 

Candidate Bootcamp

 

MONDAY 15 FEBRUARY 3PM -5PM - WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 3PM-5PM

This is an opportunity for anyone who is interested in standing in the election to find out more about the process and to meet others who are also interested in this position. The training will cover the use of social media, the best places to campaign on campus, producing materials, utilising your budget and standing out from the crowd.

 

Recommend a Friend Closes THURSDAY 18 FEBRUARY - 4PM

 

Nominations Close

FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY - 4PM - No nominations accepted after this deadline

 

Candidate Briefing

MONDAY 22 FEBRUARY - 12:00 Noon (compulsory training)

All candidates must attend the candidate briefing to be provided with more detailed information about the elections and to run through the rules for the process.

 

Manifesto Help "Drop-in"

 

TUESDAY 23 FEBRUARY - WEDNESDAY 24 FEBRUARY

An opportunity to discuss your ideas for creating your manifesto with a member of staff from the Students’ Union.

 

Manifesto Deadline 

WEDNESDAY 24 FEBRUARY - 4PM No manifestos accepted after this deadline

This is your opportunity to show voters what you would do if you were elected and why you are the best candidate for the role.

Photo Deadline

WEDNESDAY 24 FEBRUARY - 4PM No photos accepted after this deadline

Candidates need to provide professional photos to lisa.burton@wlv.ac.uk (guidance can be found in the candidate hub) which can then be used on your promotional material and on Wolves SU online publications.

 

Candidate Question Time

 

FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY (TBC)

Candidate Question Time (or hustings) is an opportunity for all candidates to let students know why they should vote for them. Students are able to ask questions that may help them make their decision on who to vote for. We will ensure the event is run fairly with an unbiased chair.

 

Campaigning Begins

 

FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY - 9AM

Candidates can let students know they are standing in the election and encourage them to vote. The candidates will be live on the website alongside their manifesto information.

 

VOTING BEGINS

 

MONDAY 1 MARCH - 8AM

This is when students can vote for who they would like to be their next officer or union chair. Voting will be online through WolvesSU website.

 

Endorsement and Slate Deadline

 

MONDAY 1 MARCH - 12PM

Candidates who have decided to run in a slate must provide the details of this and the name of the slate. They must also provide details of societies that have agreed to endorse them.

 

Campaigning and Voting END

 

THURSDAY 4 MARCH - 5PM

 

Candidate Expenses Deadline

 

THURSDAY 4 MARCH - 5PM

All receipts must be kept and handed back to the Deputy Returning Officer by the close of voting to claim back any candidate expenses.

 

RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT

 

FRIDAY 5 MARCH - TIME TBC

This is when we will find out who has won this year in the Make Your Mark Elections!

 

Candidate De-brief

 

MONDAY 8 MARCH & TUESDAY 9 MARCH - 1PM

An opportunity for all candidates to reflect of their experience during the election and identify leadership skills acquired