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Class Rep by-election process underway for vacant constituencies

Updated: Jan 20

In October, students elected 138 Class Reps to represent and campaign on behalf of their peers. Nominations are now open to fill the portion of seats that are still vacant. Candidates have until 5pm on November 19th to come forward and must be nominated by five members of their constituency.

Classes without class rep are missing out on the chance to ensure that the student voice can input meaningfully into the direction of their course and are less likely to be aware of issues affecting them, both in Belfield and beyond.

Darryl Horan, UCD Students’ Union Campaigns & Engagement Officer said:

UCDSU By-elections

“Class representatives are the core of our students’ union. It’s a fantastic way to advocate for your classmates, work on campaigns and projects that are close to your heart and be part of UCD’s vibrant student movement. I hope you consider running because the strength of a students’ union is its membership.”

We are encouraging classes currently without a voice and students who are interested to read information on by-elections set out below:

How do by-elections work?

According to the UCDSU Constitution, there are three stages to holding a by-election. First, ten or more members in a particular constituency must submit a petition to the Returning Office to request that nominations for a by-election are opened. Then, once that threshold has been reached, there is a nominations period where anyone keen to run for election submits their nomination. After the nominations period closes, the by-election is held, and successful candidates are elected.

So what do I have to do?

The first step is to advertise the vacant Class Rep seats to other members of your constituency, and make sure they know that they can request a by-election to be held. Any student can submit a request to open nominations by completing the ‘By-Election Request Form’.

When a minimum of 10 members have completed this form for a particular constituency, the Returning Office will declare nominations open in that constituency. Once they have done this, you can submit your nomination via the ‘By-Election Nomination Form’.

Both of these forms are available from the Students’ Union office.

NOTE: In order to nominate yourself in a by-election, you must supply a list of at least 5 members of your constituency who support your nomination. You must list their names, student numbers, and UCD Connect email addresses. If the information you provide is incorrect the Returning Office will not be able to confirm your nomination.

And then what?

Once the nominations period closes and the Returning Office has verified all nominations received, these will be announced via the UCD SU website and socials. Any candidates who are unopposed shall be deemed elected. If the by-election is contested, voting will then take place.

I’m still not clear what I have to do - who can I speak to?

If you’re unsure about how to proceed, you can reach out to Stephen Crosby, the Union Returning Officer, on, or Darryl Horan, the Campaigns & Engagement Officer, on

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