Autumn Elections 2017

Information for Candidates

We're glad you're interested in becoming a candidate in the Autumn Elections 2017!

Here's what you need to know to take part. If you have any questions, please contact the Elections Team on

This page contains the following useful information for candidates:

Candidates' Pack & Election Rules

Imperial College Union's elections are governed by rules that ensure fairness and accessibility while rewarding energy and enthusiasm. By nominating yourself for a role, you agree that you have read and understood all of the relevant rules and policies. 

The Candidates Pack is available here.

Training for Volunteers

Imperial College Union offers comprehensive training for its volunteers, with specific training programmes for Academic Representatives, Wellbeing Representatives, Club, Society & Project leaders, and Council Ordinary Members. We ask that all volunteers attend training in order to understand Imperial College Union, meet their fellow volunteers, and learn how to be successful in their role.

As well as role-specific training, Imperial College Union also offers skills-based training, supporting our volunteers to develop skills such as public speaking, volunteer leadership, and time management.

As our Wellbeing Representation Network will involve volunteers discussing sensitive issues such as stress and mental health, Wellbeing Representative Training is compulsory. Training will offered on multiple dates through October and November - please see our calendar here.

Elections Team

The Autumn Elections are governed by a Returning Officer, who is responsible for ensuring the elections are free and fair. The Returning Officer is someone selected from outside of Imperial College Union in order to ensure their independence. The Returning Officer will handle any rule breaches or complex queries.

The Returning Officer for the Autumn Elections 2017 is Ian Dancy, Chief Executive of Students' Union UCL.

The Returning Officer appoints a Deputy Returning Officer, usually a member of Imperial College Union staff, to operate the elections on a day-to-day basis and to answer queries from candidates and voters.

The Returning and Deputy Returning Officers can be contacted on

Publicity Banners

All promotional material created by candidates - such as posters or websites - must include the Publicity Banner, which saves you the task of adding basic information such as the voting period, hashtag and website.

The publicity banner is available in JPG and PNG format below:

Complaints Form

If you would like to make a complaint about the conduct of anyone involved in the Autumn Elections, please use our complaints form here.