SAUWS By-Election

Our By-Election is now live! If you would like to discuss the election, please contact Sabina on sabina.lawrie@uws.ac.uk. If you would like to make a complaint about the elections then you can fill in this form  here

What is the By-election?

As defined in our constitution, SAUWS is a democractic membership lead organisation. As such our members get the opportunity every year to elect the student leaders for the following academic year. 

Where positions become available during the year, we hold by-elections to fill the positions.  The Union Chair position has become available.


The Union Chair is elected by all students at UWS to be their voice and to hold the elected officers accountable for the decisions that they make. The position is used to ensure that the Students' Association's decision making processes are as transparent as possible, and to this end the Union Chair is enabled to sit on any committee of the Students' Association which is not discussing reserved business. 

The Constitution requires that the Union Chair performs the following functions:

The Union Chair shall:

• be responsible for the organisation, promotion and chairing of the Student Council and General Meetings.

• liaise with the student body to hold the elected officers to account. 

• be able to question the elected officers on behalf of members of the Association

• ensure that the Association’s decision making is open, transparent and democratic. 

• have the right to attend and observe any meeting held within the Association, but shall not have voting rights, save for any areas of reserved business. 

In addition, the Union Chair also chairs the Student Council committee, which discusses policies and motions that direct the work of the Students' Association.


Key Dates





Nominations Open

Thursday 15th  Nov. 2018


Nominations for the elections open

Nominations Close

Thursday 22nd Nov. 2018


Nominations for the elections close

Online Publicity Deadline

Thursday 29th Nov. 2018


Deadline for uploading election material/manifesto to website

Voting Opens

Monday 26th Nov.2018


Voting in the by-elections begins

Voting Closes

Thursday 29th Nov. 2018


Voting in the elections ends

Elections Tribunal

Friday 30th Nov. 2018

12:00 noon

The Elections Tribunal will hear any complaints regarding conduct during the by-election, and will formally approve the ballots before the results are announced. 

Election Results

Friday 30th Nov. 2018


Election results will be announced at the Paisley Students Association, level 4


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Re-Open Nominations

Re-Open Nominations, or RON is a mechanism which is allowed within the Students' Association's elections. RON is treated as a candidate in the election and in the event that RON wins, the election will be recalled and members will get the chance to nominate other person(s) for the role that was being elected. This means that there can be no uncontested elections within the Students' Association. 

RON is only voted for where the electorate (the students) feel that none of the other candidates are suitable. 

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More information

If you have any questions about the election, please contact Claire Lumsden, Depute returning officer on 0141 849 4165 or email membership@sauws.org.uk . All enquiries are kept in the strictest confidence. 

If you would like to make a complaint about the election please download and complete the Elections Complaint Form


You will need to log into the website, using your standard log in, to Vote. 

If your password is not working - you need to have this reset by ITDS. 


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