Elections FAQs

Click here to find out what elections are all about and why you should stand, or read on for more details.

Got questions? Get in touch at studentvoice@mdx.ac.uk or on 020 8411 6450.

 

What are the MDXSU Elections?

As the voice of students on campus, MDXSU is proud to be a democratic, student-led, not-for-profit organisation. To make sure that Middlesex students are represented by those who best represent and understand them, MDXSU is led by Student Officers who are elected by students! There are lots of representative positions available, from our full-time, paid roles, to part-time and one-off opportunities.

You can view your current elected representatives here.

How do I find out what the roles are?

Click here to view the full-time and part-time positions you can stand for in the MDXSU Elections 2018.

At the start of each academic year (in October or January depending on your start date), we also elect Student Voice Leaders for each year of each course, and Halls Leaders for each halls of residence. NUS Delegates are elected in December.

Are the roles paid?

The elected MDXSU President and Vice Presidents work full-time for one year (up to two if re-elected) and are paid an annual salary of £21,840, plus London weighting. Our part-time roles are voluntary, unpaid positions which you can hold alongside your studies.

Who can stand for an elected MDXSU role? What if I am part time, or in my first/final year?

Any current, registered Middlesex University (London) student can stand.

You can stand for a full-time role regardless of which year you're in. If you are in your final year, you will begin the role after your graduation. If you are not in your final year, you will need to take a year out and return to continue your studies afterwards. We would recommend speaking to your programme leader about how this would work.

If you are standing for a part-time roles, such a School Voice Leader, you must still be a current student in 2018/19.

You can find out more about the elected positions at www.mdxsu.com/elections/positions

Can International Students stand for a full-time role?

Any current, registered Middlesex University (London) student can standMany international students have been Students' Union officers at Middlesex and at other SUs all across the country. Being a full-time officer (President or Vice President) as an International Student would require you to either take a break from your studies, or to stay in the UK after your studies have finished. Your visa eligibility for this would be the responsibility of the Home Office, and the university can offer you advice regarding this process. Should you win your election, MDXSU will work with you to make sure you’ve got all the information and support you need. You can speak to Unihelp for visa and immigration advice if you have any questions in the meantime.

Do I need to have any experience?

No - and we don't expect you to! All elected officers are fully-trained for their roles, and are supported by a team of full-time staff.

In terms of the elections, you will be allocated a coach or mentor once you nominate yourself, who will be there to answer your questions. MDXSU will also be offering training workshops throughout February 2018 to prepare you.

Why should I stand for a role?

So, you decide to stand for a full-time President or Vice President position with your Students' Union.

If elected, you'll begin a full-time, paid, incredibly unique job in July, coming in at the top of an organisation with 18,000 members. You'll direct the work of MDXSU and work closely with the highest levels of Middlesex University governance, giving you the power to make changes that benefit students at MDX, in our local community and even more widely. How many graduate or student jobs give you that kind of opportunity? You'll come to the end of your term withn a huge amount of transferrable experience and skills to take forward, and you'll leave an amazing legacy behind you too.

If you're not looking for a full-time role at the moment, the part-time elected roles offer you the chance to gain practical, CV-boosting experience and contribute to our representative, financial and democratic structures, all alongside your studies. View all positions online at www.mdxsu.com/elections/positions

I don't know what position to stand for!

The best thing to do is check out all the role profiles on our website at mdxsu.com/elections/positions, but we've included a bit more guidance below...

Are you... looking for a full-time, paid job at the top of our organisation, either as a year out from your studies or a graduate job? Want to work with senior staff to make difference at MDX and leave an amazing legacy? Why not be the MDXSU President, or the Vice President for your school! If elected, you will work full-time between July 2018 and July 2019, while getting paid £21,840 (plus London Living Allowance).

Do you... Want a similar representation role, but while continuing your studies? Become the School Voice Leader for your School! You'll work part-time, making changes that students in your School want to see.

Do you... Want to gain experience in strategy and finances alongside your studies? Go for one of the part-time Student Trustee positions and sit on the MDXSU Trustee Board (our highest governing body).

Do you... Want a part-time position making sure MDXSU is open and accessible to all students, and overseeing our democratic processes and elections? Join the Democracy & Involvement Committee (DAIC).

How do I apply or "nominate myself" for a position?

This isn't an average job where you apply for a position and are then invited for an interview. You must nominate yourself, and then students will vote on the candidates they want to represent them.

Nominations for the MDXSU Elections 2018 will open on Wednesday 31 January and close at midday on Wednesday 21 February.

You can nominate yourself online for any role at www.mdxsu.com/nominate, or by logging into www.mdxsu.com and clicking on 'My Account'

Within the nominations form you will need to:

  • Include your name as you want it to appear when students vote (don't spell it wrong!)
  • Upload a picture of yourself which will be shown to students when you vote. We'd recommend a clear portrait shot.
  • A text manifesto which outlines who you are and why you are standing for election - more information on manifestos below!

Once you have submitted your nomination, you will need to wait for it to be approved by the MDXSU staff team. Once your nomination has been approved you will not be able to edit your nomination form - we'd recommend working on your text manifesto separately, then copying this into the form itself once you've finished.

Full-time candidates are also encouraged to submit an image manifesto by 1pm Monday 26 February - more information below.

When is the deadline to nominate myself?

You must nominate yourself by the deadline - midday Wednesday 21 February. This is a strict deadline, and any nominations received after this deadline cannot be counted.

FAQs for candidates

We're so excited that you're nominating yourself! Here are a few more FAQs just for you. More resources for candidates - including tips on writing a manifesto and public speaking - can be found at www.mdxsu.com/elections/resources

What's a manifesto?

Every candidate will need to submit a manifesto, which is a list of pledges that you want to achieve if you are elected. Your manifesto tells people who you are, why you're standing for the position and what you want to achieve. Your manifesto can be viewed by all students eligible to vote for you.

If you're standing for a full-time position in the MDXSU Elections you will also need to submit an image manifesto. This will be shown on the candidate's page on our website, and also in the MDXSU Elections 2018 Manifesto Guide, which will be available online and on campus throughout voting week - you can see last year's manifesto guide here!

This image manifesto cannot be submitted via the nomination form on this website. You will need to email this to the Student Voice team at studentvoice@mdx.ac.uk by the deadline of 1pm on Monday 26 February.

When will other students be able to see my nomination?

We will not announce the candidates until after the final nominations deadline - midday Wednesday 21 February. 

What does campaigning involve?

You need to campaign so that students know who you are and why they should vote for you. Lots of students choose a slogan to feature on the manifesto and throughout their campaign - on flyers, on Facebook, on t-shirts, on banners and however else you choose to get your message out there. Be as creative as you like!

For more guidance on campaigning, come along to one of our workshops in February/March 2018.

Will it cost me any money to run for a position?

Candidates are allowed to spend a maximum of £40 on their campaign, of which MDXSU will reimburse £20 (please keep your receipts!).

Who can vote for me?

It depends what position you are running for. If you are standing to be President, a Vice President, a Student Trustee or a member of the Democracy and Involvement Committee, any registered Middlesex University London student will be able to vote for you. If you are standing to be a School Voice Leader, only students within your school will be able to vote for you. More information on voting below!

Voting FAQs

Voting opens at 10am Friday 2 March and closes at 2pm on Thursday 8 March.

You can vote on campus at one of our voting stations, or online at www.mdxsu.com/vote

Who can vote?

Any current registered student can vote in the elections.

All students will be able to vote for their President, Vice President, Student Trustees and Democracy and Involvement Committee, however you will only be able to vote for the School Voice Leader for your relevant school or course (eg. if you are a studying a course in the Science & Technology School, you will only be able to view and vote in the Science & Technology School Voice Leader election).

Who are the candidates?

You can find out which students are standing for which positions online. Just head to www.mdxsu.com/elections/candidates. Look out for them on campus too so you can have a chat in person, or come along to our Candidates' Q&A evening!

How do I vote on campus?

MDXSU will be set up voting stations in the Quad, Grove Atrium and MDX House throughout the voting period (Friday 2 - Thursday 8 March). Just turn up, flick through a candidate guide, and vote on one of our ipads. Staff will be on hand to help if you have any questions.

How do I vote online?

To vote online using your personal device (mobile, tablet, laptop), just visit www.mdxsu.com/vote. You will need to sign in on the MDXSU website so we can confirm your identity and eligibility. You will need to log in using your MDX student login - the same you use to sign into myUniHub.

I'm having problems voting!

If you have problems logging in to vote, or you are not able to vote in the elections which you should be, you will need to let us know as soon as possible by emailing studentvoice@mdx.ac.uk with your full name, course and student number, or by calling 020 8411 6450. Please inform us of voting problems as soon as possible so we can resolve the issue before voting closes.

 

 

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