Take charge of our student experience
Imperial College Union empowers 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 our voices are heard 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. Voting opens at noon, Monday 21 October. Read about each position and make your decision between 21-24 October. Results are expected online Friday 25 October.
Nominations open: noon, Thursday 03 October 2019
Nominations close: noon, Monday 14 October 2019 (EXTENDED until noon, Tuesday 15 October 2019)
Manifestos deadline: noon, Wednesday 16 October 2019
Manifestos published / start of campaigning: noon, Thursday 17 October 2019
Voting opens: noon, Monday 21 October 2019
Voting closes: 14:00 Thursday 24 October 2019
Complaints deadline: 17:00, Thursday 24 October 2019
Results published: 17:00, Friday 25 October 2019
Academic Representatives speak up for students on education issues such as coursework, feedbackand learning resources. There's a Rep for every Year group and every Department for both UGs and PGs |Learn more|Stand|
Wellbeing Representatives campaign and lobby on issues affecting students' lives, such as stress, finances, relationships and health. There's a Rep for every Year group and every Department for UGs |Learn more|Stand|
Imperial College Union works in close partnership with 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 year group, 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) - Five 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, as well as 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:
Year Wellbeing Representative - one Rep per year for each year of Undergraduate study in every department. Role description
Departmental Wellbeing Representative - one role leading Wellbeing work in each department. Role description
Union Council is where our biggest decisions are made. The Representatives here decide policy for the entire student body. If you are a Council Representative, you will speak up for your area of study at Council meetings, participate in debates and vote on the direction of the Union.
You will be joined in Council by other student leaders across Imperial - Officer Trustees, Constituent Union leaders, senior Academic & Wellbeing Representatives, Liberation Officers, and Management Group Chairs .
Previously known as Ordinary Members of Council, these Council Reps (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.
The following Council Rep roles are being chosen in this election:
- Council Representative (PG Engineering) x 3 positions
- Council Representative (PG Medicine) x 1 position
- Council Representative (PG Non Faculty) x 2 positions
- Council Representative (PG Science) x 1 position
- Council Representative (UG Engineering) x 4 positions
- Council Representative (UG Medicine) x 2 positions
- Council Representative (UG Science x 3 positions
The Disabilities Officer one of eight Liberation & Community Officers who are elected to campaign and lobby for their communities. The Disabilities Officer leads campaigns, helps build communities and ensure the interests of students with disabilities are adequately represented at Imperial. You will work closely with the Deputy President (Welfare) and Union staff on plans to improve your community.
The International Officer is one of eight Liberation & Community Officers who are elected to campaign and lobby for their communities. The International Officer leads campaigns, helps build communities and ensure the interests of those NOT registered as home students are adequately represented at Imperial. You will work closely with the Deputy President (Welfare) and Union staff on plans to improve your community.
The Gender Equality Officer one of eight Liberation & Community Officers who are elected to campaign and lobby for their communities. The Gender Equality Officer leads campaigns, helps build communities and ensure there is gender parity at Imperial. You will work closely with the Deputy President (Welfare) and Union staff on plans to improve your community.
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:
- Clubs and Societies Officer
- Guildsheet Editor (x 2 positions)
- Media and Marketing Officer (x 2 positions)
- Wellbeing Officer
- Graduate Students' Union:
- Activities and Events Officer (x 4 positions)
- Postgraduate Taught Academic & Welfare Officer (Business)
- Postgraduate Research Academic & Welfare Officer (Business)
- Postgraduate Taught Academic & Welfare Officer (Engineering)
- Postgraduate Taught Academic & Welfare Officer (Medicine)
- Postgraduate Taught Academic & Welfare Officer (Natural Sciences)
- Publicity Officer
- Social Media Officer
- Sponsorship Officer
- Website Officer
- Royal College of Science Union:
- Sponsorship & Alumni Officer
- Sports Officer
- Web Communications Officer
- Wellbeing Activities Officer
- Royal School of Mines Students' Union
- Outreach Officer
- RSMSU Ordinary Member
- Website Officer
Large Clubs, Societies and Projects (CSPs) elect their committees through our annual elections. You could be one of those leaders, helping to plan events, manage finances and ensure your club continues to enrich the lives of members. To see all the CSP positions for which you are eligible to stand, click stand.