Society Elections

Society Elections are to elect the next set of leaders for our Societies at City Students' Union.
Society Elections are to elect the next set of leaders for our Societies at City Students' Union.

Hey, there's no Society Elections currently running, but you can find out more information about them below!



Elections Guidance for Groups - Click Here

What are society committee elections?

Every year, societies are expected to elect a new committee for the next academic year. No matter what your society is, or how new it is, you are required to hold an election.


Nominations open- Monday 4 March 2024

Nominations close- Friday 29 March

Voting opens-Monday 1 April

Voting closes- Sunday 7 April

24 hour complaints window- Monday 8 April

Results Announced-Wednesday 10 April

What happens after?

Summer term- This is the handover window when the old committee hands over to the new committee. The Union will provide resources to support you with this. You will also have a meeting with a member of the communities team during this time.

1st August- Official handover date (all new committee to have completed training)

How will Society Committee Elections be held?

Elections will be held online via the Students’ Union website. In exceptional circumstances, we may allow internal elections through an Annual General Meeting. There are many requirements for this, so please email telling us why you want to host your election this way.

All societies will have an election set up for them based on the positions that currently exist. For example, if you currently have a President, Finance Officer and Communications Officer, these are the positions that will be posted on the elections page.

All students, when they log into the SU page, will see an elections widget. This will feature all societies that they are a member of. 

Once nominations open, all society members will be able to see a nominations page, where they can put themselves forward for the election. During the voting week, this widget will change, and all members will be able to vote for the candidates that put themselves forward.

Things to keep in mind

  • Only members can run and vote in the elections. Even if you are a committee member, you need to purchase a membership.
  • If you are not a member by the time nominations open, you cannot run in the election.
  • All candidates will be able to upload a manifesto when standing in the election. Members will see these on the voting page.
  • If you are a committee member currently wanting to keep your position, you still need to run in the election and be voted in.
  • All positions will need to be re-elected, even those that you added throughout the year.


You can find a full list of the Society Committee Elections Rules and Regulations here.

Why run to be on committee?

Being on a society's committee is a fantastic opportunity. You will make friends and meet new people, as well as gaining a bunch of new skills that employers absolutely love! You will gain these skills, to name a few:

  • Events planning 
  • Team working 
  • Leadership
  • Budget managemet
  • Extra training opportunities
  • IT, website and administration 
  • Outreach and communication

As well as the number of skills you will gain from this, you will also have the opportunity to do so much more:

  • Plan and deliver events for your members
  • Attend SU training, teaching you how to be a successful society leader
  • Manage a budget
  • Participate in extra opportunities such as committee member socials and feedback sessions
  • Liaise with schools and departments across the University 
  • Collaborate with other societies
  • Network with each other, the SU and industry professionals 

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