Autumn Elections 2018 Results
The Autumn Elections ended at noon, Friday 19 October with 229 new student representatives elected to serve as Academic Reps, Wellbeing Reps, Representatives to Council, LGBT+ Officer and Constituent Union committees. It was a record breaking election with a 33 percent voter turnout. See the results.
Imperial College Union exists to empower students to speak up for themselves and change the world around them - let's start with the student experience. We have the power to shape our learning, access the support we need to thrive, defend the interests of under-represented student communities, build our Constituent Unions and ensure we are as democratic as possible at the highest levels of decision-making. Autumn Elections are our annual opportunity to elect the Reps who will lead the charge in those areas.
- Academic Representatives speak up for students on education issues such as coursework, feedback and learning resources
- Wellbeing Representatives campaign and lobby on issues affecting students' lives, such as stress, finances, relationships and health
- Representatives to Council propose and agree Imperial College Union's policies on critical issues such as tuition fees, widening access and the environment
- LGBT+ Officer is one of our Liberation Officers, representing the interests of students who identify as LGBT+
- Constituent Union leaders organise social events and campaigns within their communities, as well as maintain Imperial's traditions and mascots
Who you elect will have the important responsibility of influencing changes and decisions that affect you, so it’s important that you get to know your candidates and what they plan on focusing on if elected. All candidates are required to write a manifesto, which is a public declaration of policy goals and aims. You can read the candidate manifestos here.
Imperial College Union works in close partnership with the College to maintain the quality of the Imperial educational experience. At the heart of this partnership is the Academic Representation Network, which brings together over 500 Reps from every campus, department and faculty.
Academic Representatives are elected to speak up for their peers and to collaborate with senior academics and professional staff to tackle problems within their course. Our Reps have succeeded in making significant and long-lasting improvements in a wide range of areas, such as the content of curricula, feedback quality and timeliness, exam timetables, online learning resources, and the physical facilities available to our students.
Any student from any year can become an Academic Representative. The following roles are being elected:
- Year Academic Representatives (UG) - one or more Reps for each year of Undergraduate study in every department. Role description
- Department Academic Representatives - at least one Representative per department. Role description
- Academic Course Representatives (PGT) - at least one Representative per course. Role description
- Academic & Welfare Officer (PG) - 5 Reps operating at a Faculty level. Role description
Our Wellbeing Representation Network - the first of its kind amongst British universities - brings student reps together to identify and tackle wellbeing, pastoral and mental health issues across the Imperial community.
Wellbeing Representatives work with College staff, Welfare Officers and Academic Representatives to tackle big issues such as stress and pressure, mental health, the quality of personal tutoring, how our students are supported, the transition back into study for students who took time off, and more.
The following roles are being elected:
The Wellbeing Representation Network started with Undergraduates in its inaugural year. We will be working on extending the Network to our Postgraduate community. If you are a Postgraduate interested in the Wellbeing Representation Network, please contact us.
Union Council is where our biggest decisions are made. This is where elected student leaders across Imperial - Officer Trustees, Constituent Union leaders, senior Academic & Wellbeing Representatives, Liberation Officers, and Management Group Chairs - come together to debate issues and set policy across Imperial. Every year, sixteen Reps are elected directly to Council to represent their area of study.
Previously known as Ordinary Members of Council, these Representatives to Council speak up for the students in their Faculty or course area, leading debate, proposing policies, and taking stances on a wide range of issues. In recent years, these Reps have led or influenced our stances on tuition fees, environmental change and ethical investment, bursaries and widening participation, and much more.
You can learn more about Union Council and the importance of democracy to Imperial College Union here.
The following Union Council roles are being chosen in this election:
- Engineering Representatives to Council (Undergraduate) - 4 roles
- Engineering Representatives to Council (Postgraduate) - 3 roles
- Natural Sciences Representatives to Council(Undergraduate) - 3 roles
- Natural Sciences Representatives to Council (Postgraduate) - 2 roles
- Medicine Representatives to Council (Undergraduate) - 2 roles
- Medicine Representatives to Council (Postgraduate) - 1 role
- Non-Faculty Representatives to Council - 1 role (available to students of the Imperial College Business School and the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication as well as any other student not affiliated to a particular Faculty)
Our Constituent Unions maintain the rich history and traditions of the various academic communities within the wider Imperial student body. There are six Constituent Unions, one each for our Engineers, Scientists, Miners, Medics, Postgraduates and for students based at our Silwood Park campus. Unique to Imperial, the historic origins of our Constituent Unions can be explored here.
The following roles are being chosen in Constituent Unions this election:
- City & Guilds College Union:
- Events Officer
- Bolt Editor
- Graduate Students' Union:
- Events Officer
- Events Coordinator
- Marketing & Publicity Officer
- Sports & Activities Officer (PG Welfare Officer)
- Social Media Officer
- Academic & Welfare Officer - 5 roles
- Royal College of Science Union:
- Broadsheet Editor
- RAG Champion/Officer
- Science Challenge Chair
The LGBT+ Officer is one of our eight Liberation & Community Officers elected to campaign and lobby for their communities. This Officer leads campaigns, helps build communities and ensure the interests of students who identify as LGBT+ are represented at Imperial.