Election FAQs

All you need to know about standing for council, what it entails and how the elections work.



How do I find out more about Council and the SRC?

The best way to find out about Council is to read rest of the ‘About SRC’ section of the website, and to speak to current Council Members. Have a look at the rest of the website, too, to find out about each aspect of the SRC’s work. If you have specific questions, you can ask one of the sabbatical officers, whose contact details can be found on the Sabbatical Officers page.

What does each position entail?

Each position comes with different responsibilities attached to it, and different positions represent different demographics of students. For details about each position, click on the SRC Council pages.

How much time does a position on Council take up?

To a great extent, how much time you will spend working in the position depends on how much time you are willing to dedicate.

There are particular responsibilities required of all Council Members. There are a minimum of 6, evening Council Meetings every year which you will be expected to attend. Your role also requires you to regularly communicate with the demographic you represent(e.g. clubs and societies, or disabled students): updating them on what’s happening at the SRC, finding out what improvements they would like to see made to the University, and working with Council and the Sabbatical team to achieve this.

It is extremely difficult to give a ball-park figure of how long you will spend performing SRC-related work. On average you may spend around 3 hours per week on this. This will vary depending on what the SRC is working on, and how much commitment you are willing to give.

If you are a Sabbatical officer, and thus in a salaried position, you will Work around 34 hours per week

Standing for a Position

How do I stand for a position?

If you’re interested, pick up nomination pack from the SRC reception desk on the First Floor of the John McIntyre Building or download one online.

In this, you’ll find information about the process of elections, details of when the heckling meeting will take place, and general guidelines.

You will need to complete the enclosed form with your details, and have digitally submitted a manifesto and photo that will be seen beside your manifesto.

You will also need to collect 15 signatures from registered University of Glasgow students who are willing to ‘nominate’ you (30 if you’re running for a sabbatical position).

Once nominations have closed, and you have handed in your form, a list of candidates will be placed on the first floor noticeboard of the John McIntyre Building, and on the SRC website.

Do I need any particular experience to stand for a position?

No. What you do need are ideas that you would like to implement in the coming year (they don’t have to be big: just realistic and beneficial), and a willingness to listen to your constituents and effectively represent them.

Members of council come from a vast range of backgrounds with very varying experience and passions: there is room for all.

Having said that, you should have a good understanding of what the SRC does before you run.

I’m a part-time / postgrad student – can I still stand for a position?

Yes, you can. If you are a part-time or postgraduate student you can run for any position.

However, if you are wishing to run for a position that represents one of these demographics, you should belong to that particular group to do so.

I’m graduating this year – can I still stand for a position? (Spring Elections Only)

If you are graduating this year, and not undertaking a postgraduate degree at the University of Glasgow, or starting a new degree, you can stand only for a Sabbatical position.

I’m studying abroad this year – can I still stand for a position?

Students on study abroad programmes are now able to stand in the elections. Study abroad students intending to stand for a position will need to nominate a friend who will be willing to collect the sponsors required to support their nomination and canvas on their behalf. Please read the Study Abroad Student Guidelines for more information.

I’m still not sure about running… Any advice?

Deciding to stand in an election can be a big decision. If you have any concerns or questions that are not addressed here, email representation@src.gla.ac.uk who will be able to give you further information.

The election process

What format do the elections take?

Votes are cast online by going to www.glasgowstudent.net, or clicking on the link on every University computer. Polling opens at 9am on the first day of elections, and runs through the night until it closes in the afternoon of the second day.

How do people vote?

The voting system used is single-transferrable vote (see this useful Wikipedia article for details). This system can seem complicated but essentially it allows voters to number candidates in order of who they would most like to be elected, to least (1 is most). A certain proportion of the total votes is needed to be elected, and if this number is not reached once the votes have been distributed, the person with the least number of votes will be eliminated, and their votes will be redistributed based on who got a number ‘2’ next to their name on those ballots.

The voting system means that every vote counts, and that it’s essential to get people to vote for you as near to the top of the list as possible. The person who started with the most votes may not be the person who eventually gets elected.

What’s a heckling meeting?

A heckling meeting involves each candidate giving a short, 2-minute speech to the audience of students about who they are, what they wish to achieve in the position they are running for, and why people should vote for them.

There is then the opportunity for audience members to ask questions for individuals, or all candidates. Candidates will be given a couple of minutes to answer.

The idea of a heckling meeting can seem daunting to candidates, especially if it is your first experience of one before. However, the meetings are a great opportunity to demonstrate your ability to people. The chair of the meeting ensures that order is kept and that everyone knows when to speak and when to listen. The atmosphere is inquisitive but not in the least hostile.

Does it cost money to run an election campaign?

The most important part of anyone’s campaign is their manifesto: a document that describes who you are, what your ideas are, and what you think you could bring to the role. All manifestos will available online for people to read before voting.

Many people also choose to print posters to place around campus (guidelines for this can be found in nomination packs), and hand out flyers to students on election days to encourage them to vote.

It’s not necessary to spend a lot of money on campaigns, and there is not a correlation between the amount of money spent on a campaign and the success of it.