UCDSU Elections

The SU is run by six full time Sabbatical Officers and nine part-time College Officers each year. Together they are known as the Executive. Alongside them are the Class Reps, who are elected by their peers to represent different courses, schools, and stages across the UCD student journey.

 

Sabbats, College Officers, Class Reps, Campaign Coordinators and the ENTs Forum attend Union Council every two weeks to discuss and debate issues important to students.


Schedule: 

  • 21 September - 6 October: Nominations open for Class Reps Elections and College Officer By-Election for Agriculture, Food & Veterinary College Officer  

  • 7 October: Candidates for Class Reps Elections and College Officer by-election announced and winners of uncontested seats. 

  • 14-15 October: Online voting for Class Rep Elections 

  • 16 October: Results announced for Class Reps Elections and College Officer By-Election announced 

  • 19 October: 5pm-6pm Mock Council and 6pm-8pm Council 1 

 

Voting

Vote for your next Class Rep on 14-15 October online. Visit vote.ucdsu.ie to cast your vote! 

 

Results

Results will be published on www.ucdsu.ie/class-reps 

 

Class Rep Elections 2020/2021 

 

What do Class Reps do? 

  • Attend student council (every 2 weeks during term) 

  • Organise events, protests, and parties  

  • Represent your classmates  

  • Raise money for charity 

  • Set up a facebook or whatsapp group to keep in contact with your class  

  • Organise hoodies for your class  

 

Why get involved?

 

  • Make friends 

  • Be a part of student life 

  • Fight for student rights 

  • Volunteer at the big SU events run for students by students 

  • Upgrade your CV 

  • Free SU hoodie 

How is the SU Structured? 

 

The SU is run by six full time Sabbatical Officers and nine part-time College Officers each year. Together they are known as the Executive. Alongside them are the Class Reps, who are elected by their peers to represent different courses, schools, and stages across the UCD student journey.  


Who can be a Class Rep? 


In short, if you’re a UCD student, you can run and you can vote - all students can! This is your Union and you have the right to have your voice heard, by running for election yourself, or by voting, or both! 
Having registered at UCD, you are now automatically a member of UCD Students’ Union. Every student studying an undergraduate or post graduate degree, diploma or PhD can run for Class Rep. You do need to have any prior experience to run for any SU role.  


What is SU Council? 


Every September, each class elects their reps who sit on SU Council held every two weeks during term time. Council is where all the big decisions are made and is made up of made up of Class Reps, College Officers, Campaign Coordinators, Entertainments Reps and Sabbatical Officers. Any one of them can bring forward a motion which gets voted on and rejected, amended or passed and added to our policy book. This can include things like pushing for more recycling bins on campus, requiring the Welfare Officer to provide free pregnancy tests and campaigning on things like marriage equality, abortion rights and safe drug consumption. Council is your chance to tell us what you want us to work on and to work with us. You can find out more on how council works, our constitution and policy book on https://www.ucdsu.ie/union-council 

 

How to get Nominated: 


If you would like to run for Class Rep this year all you need to do is to nominate yourself for the position by filling out the following form by 6th October:  https://forms.gle/wCJPUGyoTsuHyjC26 

Can I be nominated for 2 Class Rep positions if I am studying a joint major?

 
No, as per the SU Constitution, you can only be nominated in one constituency.  

 

Is the nomination process different to other years?

 
Yes, it is. Usually you fill out a paper nomination form, get 5 of your classmates to sign it and return it in person to the SU. This year the nomination process is entirely online and the 5 nominations from your classmates are not needed. You can nominate yourself via this form: https://forms.gle/wCJPUGyoTsuHyjC26

 
Is nomination process still constitutional and therefore valid? 


Yes. The Returning Officer requested from IADB for the nomination process to be moved online for these elections as in person elections are not possible with the outbreak of COVID-19. The Returning Officer also requested that self-nominations were to be allowed for 2020/2021 Class Rep Elections as all classes have moved online and it will be difficult for incoming students to get to know their classmates remotely in the first 2 weeks of term. These proposed changes were accepted by IADB.  

 

How to Campaign: 


Running for class rep? Great! Confused as how to campaign when classes are online? Don't worry. Campaigning will look different this year. You may not be able to connect physically right now, but that doesn't mean you can't connect online. Only members of your class can vote for you, so you need to find them. Add them to a class group on Facebook or WhatsApp and you're good to go! Tell them who you are and why they should vote for you. 
Don't know who your classmates are yet? Get in touch with your peer mentor, your college officer, or join our freshers' group on https://www.facebook.com/groups/UCDFreshers2020 to find them! You can also ask a lecturer to allow you to speak at the beginning of a class to direct your classmates to a class group. If you're still stuck, just email the Campaigns and Engagement Officer, Leighton Gray on leighton.gray@ucdsu.ie 

 

What is a Class Rep according to the SU Constitution?

 
Article 8 – Class Representatives  

8.1 The duties of a Class Representative (also referred to herein as a ‘Class Rep’) are, inter alia:  
(i) To make themselves known to their constituents.  
(ii) To attend meetings of Union Council or, if unable to do so, forward apologies by email to the Union Secretary.  
(iii) To attend meetings of committees of which they are members and use those committees to represent the best interests of students in accordance with Union policy and the views of their constituents.  
(iv) To consult the President or relevant Officer before making any representation or publishing any publication.  
(v) To assist in the distribution of Union publications to their constituencies.  
(vi) To regularly inform their constituents of any initiatives or campaigns being undertaken by the Union 
(vii) To take an active role in the formation of Union policy in the interests of their constituents. 
(viii) To hold the Union Executive to account at meetings of Union Council.  
(ix) To organise social activities for their constituents and work to create a positive social environment for their class  

8.2 A Class Rep shall be deemed to have resigned if they fail to attend two consecutive meetings of Council, save when such absence is caused by justifiable circumstances which have been explained to and accepted by the Chairperson. Such a deemed resignation will take effect one week after it is notified in writing to the Returning Officers by the Chairperson and Secretary, unless it is reversed by the Chairperson as set out in this subsection within that one-week period.  

8.3 Having consulted with the President, the Returning Officers shall set the constituencies and allocation of seats for the election of Class Representatives for the following academic year no later than six weeks before the beginning of the first semester, in the following manner:  
(i) There shall be one seat in every constituency which has at least forty but less than one hundred and twenty members.  
(ii) A constituency shall be allocated a second seat where it has at least one hundred and twenty members and shall be allocated an additional seat for each full one hundred members it has in excess of one hundred and twenty.  
(iii) The membership of a constituency shall be assessed on the basis of the number of members in the year of review.  
(iv) The results of this review shall take effect at the Class Representative elections following the review. 

8.4 Members of the Union who are not members of a Class Representative constituency at the time of these elections by reason of their study of a new academic programme shall be allocated to a constituency by the Returning Officers for one academic year as an interim measure. 

 

Forum Elections 2020/2021 

  • 7-18 October: Nominations open for Entertainments and Campaigns Forum Coordinators 

  • 19 October: First Council scheduled to take place on Zoom - candidates for Entertainments and Campaigns Forum Coordinators announced + candidates deliver speeches 

  • 20-21 October: Online voting for Entertainments and Campaigns Forum Coordinators (Council members eligible to vote) 

  • 22 October: Results announced for Entertainments and Campaigns Forum Coordinators 

 
Campaigns Forum 

Are you passionate about social issues? Interested in being a student leader? Want to make change happen? Then you should run for a campaign coordinator position with the SU!  


Every year UCDSU elects nine campaign coordinators:  

  • LGBTQ+ Campaign Coordinator 

  • Gender Equality Campaign Coordinator 

  • Mental Health Campaign Coordinator 

  • Disability Campaign Coordinator 

  • International Campaign Coordinator 

  • Residences Campaign Coordinator 

  • Mature Students Campaign Coordinator 

  • Diversity and Inclusion Campaign Coordinator 

  • Environmental Campaign Coordinator 

  
Each Campaign Coordinator works with the Campaigns and Engagement Officer to organise campaigns and events and recruits and manages their own campaign crews. If you would like to nominate yourself for any of the positions above (all students can!) - just email returningoffice@ucdsu.ie 

 

​Campaign Coordinators will be elected at the first council of Trimester One, on 19 October. If you would like to run for any of the above positions, please email the Returning Office on returningoffice@ucdsu.ie to register your interest. You will then give a short speech at Council (over Zoom) and Class Reps will vote for the next campaign coordinators.

 

Entertainments Forum  


Are you interested in event management, organising gigs and great events for students, working with nightclubs and various venues around Dublin? Then The Ents Forum is for you. 
The Ents Forum is the focal point of SU Entertainment, and the team is made up of 6 part-time officers that each hold a position relevant to the social lives of students and events held by the SU. 
The Entertainments Forum positions are:  

  • Promotions Officer 

  • 1st Year Promotions Officer 

  • Production Officer 

  • Non-Alcoholic Officer 

  • RAG Coordinator 

  • Ents Rep Coordinator 

 
Elections for the Ents Forum Elections will take place in Council 1 this year. The Ents Officer convenes and chairs all meetings of the Ents Forum which meet on a fortnightly basis.  
If you would like to nominate yourself for any of the positions above (all students can!) - just email returningoffice@ucdsu.ie  

 

The ENTs Forum will be elected at the first council of Trimester One, on 19 October. If you would like to run for any of the above positions, please email the Returning Office on returningoffice@ucdsu.ie to register your interest. You will then give a short speech at Council (over Zoom) and Class Reps will vote for the next ENTs Forum Officers.