The Elections decide which students will lead MDXSU and represent all Middlesex University London students. Student Leaders are paid full-time Student Officers (President and Vice President) and voluntary part-time roles that include national representative opportunities. 

Elections for Student Voice Leaders take place at the start of the academic year, while elections for your future Student Officers are held in March. NUS Delegate elections were held in December.

Please see answers to Frequently Asked Questions below, or contact the MDXSU staff team at elections@mdx.ac.uk

What are the key dates for the elections?

  • Nominations Close: 12pm Friday 28 February
  • Candidate Development and Support: Monday 2 - Saturday 7 March
  • Manifesto Deadline: 12pm Monday 9 March
  • Campaigning Begins: 12pm Wednesday 11 March
  • Hustings for Student Officer Roles: 5.30pm Thursday 12 March in the Quad
  • Voting Open: 10am Friday 13 – 4pm Thursday 19 March
  • Results Night: 5.30pm on Friday 20 March in MDX House

Are the roles paid?

All of the roles in these elections are voluntary positions you can do alongside your studies, other than the Student Officer elections.

The President and 3 Vice President roles are full time jobs with a salary of £24,000 a year, you can therefore take a year out of your course or run during your third year to be able to fulfil the role after your graduation. The President and three Vice President positions are full-time, salaried roles - candidates are elected for a one year term from July to July. The part-time roles are unpaid. However, MDXSU covers food, travel and accommodation costs for elected NUS Delegates to ensure they are able to attend the conference. 

What support is given to candidates?

All full time Student Officer candidates are allocated an MDXSU staff member as a mentor for the elections period. Once nominations close and candidates are announced, your mentor will contact you to arrange a meeting or phone call.

From Monday 2 March to Saturday 7 March, we will be running a series of election workshops and training. All candidates in any of our elections are encouraged to attend these and learn more about writing a manifesto, campaigning and public speaking. You can book onto any of these sessions by clicking here

What’s the candidate statement or manifesto?

Each candidate creates a statement manifesto that outlines who they are, what they aim to achieve within the role, and why they should be elected. These can be viewed by students when they go to vote. For more help writing your manifesto, come to the Manifesto Writing Workshop during candidate development week. All manifestos must be completed by 12pm on Monday 9 March.

FAQs for Voting

We're excited that you're standing for one of our roles! There are some more specific Frequently Asked Questions below, but you can also get in touch with us directing by emailing elections@mdx.ac.uk

What happens during voting week, and how does campaigning work?

During voting week you will need to let as many students as possible know who you are and why they should vote for you – this is usually a mix of online outreach and speaking to people on campus and at key student hubs. This is the part of the election where you get to be creative! You can use videos, posters and props to tell students why you would be the best candidate for the position. If you're unsure about campaigning, you can attend any of our candidate development workshops to find out more. 

Who can vote?

All students enrolled on a course at Middlesex University are eligible to vote for the full time Student Officer and Student Trustee roles. 

For the Student Group elections, you will only be able to vote if you are a member of the group before voting opens. You will not be able to join a Student Group during the campaigning and voting period.

If you have issues voting, please email elections@mdx.ac.uk

How do I vote?

Once voting opens on Friday 13th March, you can follow the instructions below to vote:

1) Go to www.mdxsu.com/vote

2) Log in using your University email address

3) Select the election you’re voting in

4) Rank the candidates in the order your order of preference

5) Submit your vote!

You can change your vote at any time before voting closes at 4pm on Thursday 19th March. If you have issues voting, please email elections@mdx.ac.uk

Who is RON?

'RON' stands for 'Re-Open Nominations'. This is an option on every ballot for you to choose, if you feel no candidate is suitable for the role. If RON wins, nominations re-open and the elections are re-run at a later date.

What is Single Transferable Voting (STV)?

This is a form of voting where students rank the candidates by preference. The election is run in rounds with the candidate with the lowest number of votes removed at each round. If their vote was for the candidate that was removed, their vote then goes to their 2nd preference and so on until a candidate exceeds 50% of the votes. This means you can rank the candidates in the order you’d like them to win! Find out more about STV here.