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College Committee Elections


Every November, the College Committee Elections take place over the course of three weeks; nominations take place over two weeks and voting lasts one working week. These elections establish the next JCRC/CSA committee which will take up office in January the following year.

 

Nominations

Nominations will go live at 12pm on Monday Week 5 (22nd October 2018) and will close at 12pm Midday on Friday Week 6 (2nd November 2018).

www.yusu.org/nominate

 

Voting

Voting will go live at 12pm on Monday Week 7 (5th November 2018) and will close at 3pm on Friday Week 7 (9th November 2017).

www.yusu.org/vote

 

Any questions please get in touch at elections@yusu.org

 

Single Transferable Vote

The College Committee Elections uses Single Transferable Voting (STV). STV is a form of proportional representation, meaning that candidates aren’t elected on a majority vote, but instead need to fulfil a quota of votes determined by the number of votes cast and the number of positions that need to be filled.

 

When voting, you list your candidates in order of preference. Your vote can then be transferred between your first-choice and second-choice, and so on, if your preferred candidate will not be able to reach the required quota. This ensures that all votes count towards the overall outcome of the election. Here is a video which may explain it better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfingO_mvLw

 

What Can I Run For?

Every college has different positions that are available on each committee each with their own varying structure, that’s part of what makes each college unique! However, there are a number of positions which are common in most, if not all, JCRCs and CSAs. Some Colleges also offer some very unique skill-based positions so make sure you have a look at what your College’s JCRC/CSA has to offer with a bit of background to what the role entails. Each JCRC and CSA also have a Terms of Reference which outlines how the committees are structured, governed, and ran; you can access these below:

 

Alcuin

Terms of Reference: [LINK]

Returning Officer: James Taylor, Mia Holley, Gabriel Cardoso.

Assistant Head of College : Martin Crosby, martin.crosby@york.ac.uk

 

Constantine

Terms of Reference: [LINK]

Returning Officer: Meg Whitehead

Assistant Head of College: Jonny Lovell, jonny.lovell@york.ac.uk

 

Derwent

Terms of Reference: [LINK]

Returning Officer: Jess Leaver

Assistant Head of College: Keith Kinsella, keith.kinsella@york.ac.uk

 

Goodricke

Terms of Reference: [LINK]

Returning Officer: Katie Nash

Assistant Head of College: Sarah Hay, sarah.hay@york.ac.uk

 

Halifax

Terms of Reference: [LINK]

Returning Officer: Hannah Sackville-Bryant

Assistant Head of College: Cath Dickinson, cath.dickinson@york.ac.uk

 

James

Terms of Reference: [LINK]

Returning Officer: Alexander Smart

Assistant Head of College: Mike Britland, mike.britland@york.ac.uk

 

Langwith

Terms of Reference: [LINK]

Returning Officers: Rohanna Dutta, Charlotte Davey, Lottie Jones

Assistant Head of College: Jonny Exon, jonathan.exon@york.ac.uk

 

Vanbrugh

Terms of Reference: [LINK]

Returning Officers: Rebecca Watson, Oliver Cuthbert, Olivia Wrigley

Assistant Head of College: Georgina Heath, georgina.heath@york.ac.uk

 

Why Should You Run?

Running in your College elections is a very busy but rewarding role. You have to opportunity to shape the experience of many students in your college community. Don’t just take our word for it; here is what some current committee members have to say about their time in office:

 

Samara Jones, President, Alcuin CSA

“I ran for President as I'd had such a great time in my first year as sports officer, and I wanted to do more to improve college life for as many people as possible, through sports, events, wellbeing, increasing inclusivity and getting involved. Being part of the CSAC not only allows you to help and develop the lives of others, but develop yourself in the process.”

 

James Strong, Secretary, Halifax CSA

“Being a part of the committee over the past year has allowed me to strengthen my team working skills, my communication skills, and my outreaching skills. I would really recommend the role as our offers a stress free place to grow and strengthen your CV.”

 

Olivia Wrigley, VC Wellbeing, Vanbrugh JCRC

"It has been a privilege to work on the JCRC for the past two years, as both a block rep and as the Vice-Chair for Wellbeing. Having the chance to be part of a vital university organisation, and welcome and help students has been immensely rewarding. I can’t wait to see what next year brings!"

 

Charlotte Edwards, Sports Officer, Alcuin CSA

“Being on the Alcuin Committee as Sports Officer has enabled me to interact and try out many new sports, create and run events such as socials and inter-sport fixtures. It has given me more confidence in meetings to speak out and voice opinions.”

 

Chloe Angwin, LGBTQ+ Representative, Vanbrugh JCRC

“For me the JCRC has been an opportunity to widen my social sphere at uni as well as feel like I have a say in some of the college’s big decisions. It’s been amazing having the opportunity to run events and help maintain a sense of community among LGBTQ+ students. My role has also allowed me to get more involved in Wellbeing at Vanbrugh in general and learn what it takes to campaign for change and run big events like Freshers Week.”

 

Jordan Pretty, Events Officer, Constantine CSA

“I enjoyed putting together engaging, unique and fun events that were well attended and well received by the college community on a whole”

 

Aneeska Sohal, BAME Officer, Alcuin CSA

“I have loved running events which celebrate cultural diversity, and having the opportunity to showcase how multicultural University of York is”

 

Manifesto and Campaigning Tips

  • Make sure your manifesto has a punchy opening sentence or a catchphrase to help your pitch stand out

  • Make clear throughout your manifesto why you want the position

  • Set out realistic expectations in your manifesto, you will be held accountable.

  • Evidence any experience that shows why you are best for the role

  • Be clear and to the point with your manifesto

  • Don’t use your manifesto to criticise others

 

  • Be creative with your campaigning;

  • Have an online social media presence

  • Be present in your College and on campus

  • If your College holds a Hustings, make sure you attend

  • Don’t stray from your core campaign points

  • Get talking to people

 

Campaign Guidelines

These simple guidelines have been produced to ensure that the needs of the College Committees’ democratic processes are balanced with the needs of students.

NB: Campaigning at private accommodation, i.e. Boulevard, Student Castle and Foss Studios, is not recommended.

 

Campaigning in public areas in Colleges

  • You can approach members in public areas around the College (ie. outside of accommodation blocks) to talk and/or give flyers between 10:00 and 22:00

  • Flyers cannot be left on any parked cars

  • You must not make any unreasonably loud noise

  • Please make sure that students have the right not to talk to you and to walk away. You shouldn’t follow them or do anything that can be seen as harassment

  • You must comply with any instructions issued by college staff, porters, security or college tutors.

 

Posters and Advertising

  • You are allowed to use posters or campaign props in public areas and to install them between 8:00 and 23:00

  • You must not use any materials that are offensive or will be difficult to remove. You must not attach any materials to areas that are difficult to access or will cause damage when removed (blu-tack on painted walls)

  • Your materials must not obscure any signs or promotional material

  • Your materials cannot present risk to the health and safety of university, staff, members, and visitors

  • You should conduct your campaign in such a way that it would not contribute to undue littering

  • You are responsible for taking down your promotional material at the end of the election period

  • If in doubt - ask the porters!

  • Any social media pages you set up must include the following declaration: ““If you have any concerns about the contents of this page, please contact the Returning Officer on [insert relevant email]”

 

Door-to-door campaigning/campaigning within accommodation

  • You may only enter accommodation at the express invitation of a resident and campaign as their guest accompanied by the resident

  • Under no circumstances may you tailgate a resident to enter a block, flat or house

  • You can campaign within accommodation between 12:00 (midday) and 21:00

  • Before asking to enter any accommodation you must identify yourself and explain what you would like to do

  • You must not misrepresent yourself or imply in any way that you have the right to enter the property

  • You must leave the property immediately if asked to do so by any resident

  • If you are invited to enter the property by a resident you can only campaign in the kitchen

  • You are not allowed to knock on individual bedroom doors, enter bedrooms or campaign in corridors

  • You can give out flyers at the doorstep or in the kitchen

  • You are not allowed to pin flyers/posters to the kitchen/corridor noticeboards, fix them to the walls/furniture or put them under bedroom doors

  • You must remember that you are campaigning in students’ homes and respect their privacy and wishes

 

Houses or flats with doorbells

  • You are not allowed to enter any property without ringing the doorbell and obtaining permission of the resident

  • You must not ring the doorbells for excessive time and must not ring more than one doorbell at the same time

  • If the person answering the door does not permit you to enter you must not seek access to the property again

 

Accommodation blocks without doorbells

  • You are not allowed to enter any block except as the guest of a resident

  • The resident must accompany you while you are in the block

 

We hope that the rules are not too restrictive. Please note that failure to comply is likely to result in a candidate being reported to the Returning Officer, candidate and their campaigning team being banned from the College grounds and the removal of the candidate’s publicity.