RUN. VOTE. CHANGE.
LSE Students’ Union is a democratic organisation. Elections happen twice a year and are the best way to have your say on how your Union is run. Students are elected to lead the Students' Union and to represent members on different boards and committees in the School.
More than 3,500 students voted in one or both elections in 2013/14 (Michaelmas Term and Lent Term) - making turnout at LSE around 26% and higher than most other universities. This year, can you help make it even higher?
Lent Term Elections
Nominations open: 10am, Monday 16th February
Nominations close: 5pm, Monday 23rd February
Campaigning opens: 2pm, Thursday 26th February
Voting opens: 10am, Wednesday 4th March
Voting/campaigning close: 7pm, Thursday 5th March
Results: From 8pm, Thursday 5th March in the Venue, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
At the beginning of March, the students who will work full-time to run the Union for a year are elected, alongside other Part-Time and Liberation Officers.
Every student can vote for the full-time Sabbatical positions and the Part-time Officer positions. Only students who self-identify as part of that Liberation group can vote for the Liberation Officer positions.
Positions up for election in Lent Term:
General Secretary - Job description
Education Officer - Job description
Community & Welfare Officer - Job description
Activities & Development Officer - Job description
Environment and Ethics Officer
International Students' Officer
BME Students' Officer
Disabled Students' Officer
If you are in your final year as an undergraduate or you are registered for a one-year Postgraduate programme and you expect to complete your studies before July 2014 at LSE, you cannot serve as a Part-time or Liberation Officer for 2015-16.
Members of boards and committees
Democracy Committee members x5
Student members of the Trustee Board x1
AU Executive x5
Five students are elected to lead the Athletics Union, alongside the President. Only students who are paid-up members of the AU can vote for the Executive, but all students can vote for the President.
Michaelmas Term Elections
Nominations: 10am, Monday 13th October - 5pm, Monday 20th October
Voting: 10am, Wednesday 29th October - 7pm, Thursday 30th October
Results night: From 8pm, Thursday 30th October in the in the LSESU Venue
The following positions are up for election in Michaelmas Term:
Postgraduate Students' Officer
Infographic of Postgraduate Officer role
Postgraduate Research Students' Officer
Infographic of Postgraduate Research Students' Officer role
NUS Delegate x2 (a minimum of one woman delegate will be elected
BME Students' Officer
Mature & Part-time Students' Officer
General Course President
Postgraduate Student Trustee
Academic Board student member x2
Student member of the Court of Governors x5
Some of these positions are paid and some are voluntary. All are part-time. But they all guarantee you an excellent way to take action on issues you care about, enhance your CV and represent your peers.
Only research students can vote for the Postgraduate Research Students’ Officer, only self-defining BME students can vote for the BME Students' Officer and just General Course students for the General Course President. All other positions, including the Postgraduate Students’ Officer, are elected by all students. So even if running for election isn’t for you, make sure you vote for the candidates who will best represent you. All voting takes place online and takes just two minutes of your time.
We’re here to help you with training, campaign tips and more. Get in touch with Laura Burley, Engagement Coordinator, at L.A.Burley@lse.ac.uk if you have any questions or would like to arrange a time to chat.