WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Not everyone is eligible to stand or vote for all roles. The roles available to run for are listed here. However not every role may be available to you when you come to nominate yourself, unless you have self-defined as a certain category.
WHY IS THAT?
Like most (if not all) Students’ Unions across the country, when it comes to gender, race, sexuality, and disability we operate a self-definition system.
An example of one reason as to why we do this is because our students might not self-define with the same gender or sexuality as when they first started university. University is often a place of self- discovery and growth. It also abides to the ethos that we and the university are in no position to ‘place’ students in a box and it is for each individual to define their gender, sexuality, race, disability etc.
We also subscribe to the view that, as an example, someone who is not LGBTQ+, should not be included in the voting process for the person that will represent the LGBTQ+ community. This is the recommended approach since nationally it is perceived to be more enabling for and acceptable of people and their right to self-definition, whilst also building in an understanding that how someone can self-define is not set and could change.
HOW CAN I SELF-DEFINE?
Please visit the Elections Profile page.
If the above is not working, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org