Candidate Briefing

Spring Elections 2021 Candidate Briefing

On this page you'll find the candidate briefing for all NUS Delegate Candidates and Academic Association Committee Member Candidates in the spring elections. If you are standing to be a Student Officer candidate then you must attend one of the following online candidate briefings:

Please note if you are standing for a Student Officer role and an NUS Delegate or Academic Association Committee Member role then you only need to attend the Student Officer candidate briefing.


During this online candidate briefing as an NUS Delegate Candidate or Academic Association Committee Member Candidate you'll cover a series of areas and you'll need to read through the resources then answer a series of question to confirm your understanding. If you do not complete this briefing and the survey your nomination will not be complete and you will not be a candidate in this elections.

This briefing covers:

  • Key Information
  • Campaigning Parameters and Digital Campaigning Tips
  • The Election Principles
  • Complaints Procedure
  • Roles and Candidate Handbooks
  • Self-Care and Wellbeing

You must have completed the survey by 5pm on Wednesday 24 February for your nomination to be complete.

If you have any queries contact or send us your question via this form. All responses will be posted on this live Q&A document. You may find that your question has already been answered so before submitting please do have a look at the live document.

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Key Information

  • Please take a look at the election timeline here and note down deadlines.
  • Your manifesto deadline is 10am on Friday 26 February. If you have any problems with uploading your manifesto please contact prior to the deadline. Uploading your manifesto is optional, however as this is a digital election and no in-person campaigning is allowed we would recommend using this as a tool to help spread your message. 
  • Polling will take place from 10am on Monday 1 March to 5pm on Thursday 4 March.
  • Results will be announced from 5pm on Wednesday 10 March.
  • Please complete this equality monitoring form and return to by 5pm on Thusday 24 February.
  • By submitting your nomination you give KCLSU permission to:
    • Make your candidacy public
    • Access your campaign material
    • Verify candidate information with King’s College London
    • Refer to King’s College London or the police if required


Campaign Parameters

  • Campaigning begins from 2pm on Thursday 25 February. You are not allowed to campaign before this time as it would be a breach of the election principles.
  • This is a completely digital election. Physical campaigning is not allowed in this election as attending campus is not accessible to all candidates and students. This is also to keep with government guidelines and physical campaigning would not be safe.
    • This includes not being allowed to put up posters and handing out flyers.
    • You are not allowed to campaign in library spaces and halls of residence.
  • The campaign budget for NUS Delegate roles and Academic Association Committee Member roles is £20. You must keep a copy of all receipts and keep your expenses form up to date (this can be found in the appendix of your handbook). The Returning Officer can ask to see your expense from at any time. You will not be reimbursed for any money spent on your election campaign.
  • We understand that you may feel unsure on how to campaign in a completely digital format so we have pulled together a digital campaigning tips document to help you. We will also be running 20 minute Digital Campaigning Workshops on the following dates:


The Election Principles

This briefing aims to explain key components of the KCLSU Election Bye-Laws, most relevant to you as a candidate.

  1. The role of the Returning Officer
  2. The KCLSU Election Principles

We’d also encourage you to read the by-laws for yourself, which can be found here. By nominating yourself, you have already signed in agreement to these by-laws.

While this may not be the most exciting part of the candidate briefing, this information is essential for all candidates to be aware of and understand. We don’t want anyone feeling unsure about this aspect of the elections, so if having read this briefing leaves you feeling uncertain or if you require any clarification, please contact with your queries and questions.

Click here for the election principles briefing document.


Complaints Procedure

Any member of KCLSU may submit an election complaint if they have reason to believe that any of the KCLSU Election Principles have been breached.

Complaints can be submitted via a form available on our elections complaints page. To submit a complaint you must have evidence which you can submit via the form. 

The deadline to submit a complaint is 24 hours after the close of voting (5pm on Friday 5 March 2021). All complaints will be considered by the Deputy Returning Officer. After submitting a complaint you can expect to hear back within 1 working day but the process of the investigation may take up to 10 working days.

Please see our elections complaints page for further details.


The Roles and Handbooks

Student Officers

As a Student Officer, you’ll lead KCLSU - a democratic charity that represents over 30,000 students and employs over 150 members of staff. You’ll also sit on the KCLSU Board of Trustees, the highest level of decision-making within the Union. The Student Officer roles are full-time, paid positions; if you are not currently in your final year, you will take a sabbatical year from your studies.

There are six Student Officer positions to choose from:

  • President
  • Vice President Activities & Development
  • Vice President Education (Arts & Sciences)
  • Vice President Education (Health)
  • Vice President Postgraduate
  • Vice President Welfare & Community 

You can find the Student Officer Candidate handbook here.

Academic Association Committee members

Academic Associations have a core student-led committee who work alongside their Faculty Academic Reps; aiming to get more student voices in decision making processes. You will do this by highlighting current issues, solutions and ideas, as well as empowering Academic Reps to act collectively to bring about change. It is a part-time, voluntary role for one year.

Please look at your role handbook for further breakdown of the role description and expectations.

You can find the Academic Association Committee Member Candidate handbook here.

NUS Delegates

As an NUS Delegate, you will represent King's students along with 8 other elected delegates and the ex-officio delegate, the KCLSU President. Being a delegate involves:

Before the conference:

  • Vote on the final 8 motions that should go forward to be discussed at the Conference
  • Be briefed on the details of the Conference

At the conference:

  • Discussing, defending, and voting on motions to decide which become NUS policy
  • Voting on positions within NUS, including the six full-time Officer positions
  • Hearing from the NUS Officers on the work that they’ve done throughout the year

After the conference:

  • Reporting back to your community on what happened at the Conference, and what NUS have agreed to work on for the upcoming year.

You can find the NUS Delegate Candidate Handbook here.


 Self Care and Wellbeing 

If you’d like to discuss how you’re doing during this election period, you can contact Julia Haas ( who is your wellbeing contact to arrange a phone call or MS Teams meeting. 

Your wellbeing is extraordinarily important to prioritise. Take care of yourself with our Wellbeing Passport to guide you through looking after your wellbeing during this time. The Wellbeing Passport will focus on the King’s Way to Wellbeing based on NHS guidance with rewards to encourage you to invest in your wellbeing.

Your wellbeing is extraordinarily important to prioritise. Take care of yourself with the KCLSU Wellbeing Hub, the indoor version of our well-known Take Time Out. The Wellbeing Hub In is your online wellbeing space focusing on the King’s Way to Wellbeing based on NHS guidance. Boost your wellbeing and find what’s best for you with activities, events and ideas, together with your King’s community.

We also have a support for candidates document which includes more tips on how to look after your wellbeing and how to get into contact with a Positive Peers.