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Here's some Frequently Asked Questions. Your question not answered by the below? Drop us a messsage on su-elections@westminster.ac.uk and we'll do our best to help you.

When is Debate Night?

Debate night will take place on Thurssday 13th February from 5pm in the Hideaway, Regent Street Campus. Find out more here.

I can't make debate night; can I still stay up to date?

Don’t worry -we’ve got you covered. We will be livestreaming on both our Facebook and Instagram feeds. You can also send us questions in advance, either via our social media or email on su-elections@westminster.ac.uk.

When can I vote?

Voting is open from 10am on Monday 17th February to Thursday 20th February 20th at 7pm. You will only be able to vote between 7am and 7pm daily. You will be able to do this from anywhere, via an email link you will be directly sent. We will also be on each campus between 11am-3pm daily, so feel free to come over to a member of UWSU staff and let us help you with any questions you have.

Why should I bother voting?

1. You've paid a lot of money to be at University! Make the most out of it by ensuring you vote for your future Officers whose manifestos align with your interests and University needs.
2. Having the right to vote is a privilege and you should exercise that right.
 People have literally fought and died so we can have a fair and just democratic process.
3. Your peers need your support! The candidates running in the elections are passionate to make change happen in the University. Lecture capture, new social spaces, disability & mental health support, more social events, etc. are just some of the things previous Officers have provided.
4. Incentives for all! We've introduced a voter meter - it's essentially a meter with milestones. The more students vote, the more you can get. For example, if we get 200 voters then it's free entry at Messy Monday. There's a lot more, including an inflatable obstacle course. Just saying...
5. Our voting system is simple and easy. On Monday 17th February, you will be sent an direct link to vote, no login required. You will go through each of the roles, and all you need to do is click on candidates in order of your preference. That's literally it!

What is a manifesto?

A manifesto is a statement of intent as to the kind of priorities the students running for Officer want to achieve. These are otherwise known as their campaigning priorities. You can read them all here

What is a Sabbatical Officer?

A sabbatical officer is a student who either takes a year out of their studies or has just finished University. They are a paid member of staff, who lead the political direction of the Students’ Union. They all sit as trustees on our Trustee Board, meaning they have oversight on our finances, strategic plan and direction. They work with senior management of the University to affect change across campus.

What is a Part Time Officer?

A part-time officer is a student volunteer, who takes up the role while they are still studying. They represent key student communities, such as our Liberation Groups and our Four Campuses. 

Why is there no election for LGBTI Students Officer or Trans and Non-Binary Officer?

Sadly, we didn’t receive any nominations from students wanting to take on these role. If you think you’d be interested, then please do get in touch with us at su-elections@westminster.ac.uk and we will keep you updated on the next steps for these important roles. You can also read the role descriptions here:
- LGBTI Students Officer
- Trans and Non-Binary Students Officer

I heard there were AirPods and an Inflatable Assault Course?

You heard right! If we hit the following numbers of votes, then the following rewards are yours:
-200 votes: Free entry at Messy Mondays
-400 votes: Free doughnuts
-600 votes: Cheap NUS Totum Cards
-800 votes: Free pizza
-1000 votes: Alpaca farm on campus
-1400 votes: You get to choose the new Cavendish SU Shop name 
-1800 votes: Chance to win free tickets to Varsity 2020
-2500 votes: Chance to get a free drink at results night
-3000 votes: Apple AirPods Pro Giveaway
-4000 votes: Inflatable Assault Course on campus 

So, make sure you get all of your mates to vote -let’s do this together! Check the progress here.

I feel like a candidate might have broken a rule. What can I do?

You can do so via our quick and easy form here by the close of polling (Thursday 20th February, 7pm).

Complaints can only be made if you think a candidate (or their campaigners) have broken one of our rules, which are as follows:
- If candidates are unsure about any aspects of the campaign or standards of behaviour, it is their responsibility to ask
- All candidates should have equal and fair access to be able to communicate with students. Candidates and their campaigners may use email lists but only where lawful to do so. In most cases, this will require the consent of the members on the list to use their details
- All student should be given a free and fair choice at the point of voting. Candidates and their campaigners must not communicate with voters in any way once they have begun to complete their ballot. If Candidates and their Campaigners can see how a voter is expressing preferences and voting, they are in breach of this rule.
- Candidates in UWSU elections stand as individuals and not as part of a group or team
- The elections are about Westminster students and their student experience
- Candidates and their campaigners may only alter, move or remove their own campaign materials
- Only the Returning Officer (or their deputy) has the right to challenge the actions of the Union