Spring Elections 2019

KCLSU is a democratic charity led by students. Our elected student leaders work to ensure a wide cross-section of views are represented in decision making within the Union and at King’s and help to unite the various student communities around common causes.

The Spring Elections sees King’s students stand and vote for the Student Officer, Network Officer, NUS Delegate and Academic Rep positions. These leaders work within their respective roles, groups and as a collective to make a real impact on their communities.

Available Positions

These are the types of student positions available in this year's Spring Elections 2019.

Student Officers
Network Officers
NUS National Conference Delegates
Academic Reps

Student Officers

Student Officers lead KCLSU and 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; applicants who are not currently in their final year will take a sabbatical year.

Please note that you cannot stand for multiple student officer positions in one election. You can stand for a student officer position and an association officer position, but in the event that you win both, you will have to withdraw from one.

Quick Facts

  • Engage with King’s students
  • Build student communities
  • Amplify student voices Amplify student voices Amplify student voices
  • Empower student-led campaigning

Network Officers

KCLSU networks are where we come together to build active and supportive student-led communities, that organise to represent themselves and work together to meet their community’s needs.

Network officers work with their committees to represent students on a voluntary, part-time basis and collaborate with the college, as well as taking student views to a national level with NUS.

You can see the Network Officer handbook for more information here.

Quick Facts

  • Build communities
  • Challenge discrimination
  • Promote liberation at King’s
  • Be a member of the KCLSU Welfare and Inclusion Committee
  • Attend relevant college committees

National Conference Delegates

NUS (National Union of Students) is a confederation of student unions in the UK. Being affiliated with NUS means that as a union, we can create policy and campaign on a national level.

National Conference is the biggest event in the NUS year - every year, around 1000 delegates will attend the event in Brighton. NUS Conferences are the lead decision making bodies of the organisation where delegates representing students from across NUS membership review the work over the last year, decide on priorities and policy for the following year and elect the leadership.

NUS National Conference Delegates represent King’s students at the NUS National Conference and help shape the national conversation.

There are 7 NUS National Conference Delegate positions available. 4 of these are reserved for candidates who self-define as women, so please be sure to fill in the 'Profile' section when nominating yourself. 

You can see the NUS Delegate handbook for more information here.

Quick Facts

  • Join the national conversation 
  • Discuss, defend and vote on motions to help decide NUS Policy
  • Vote for NUS student leadership positions, including full-time NUS Officers
  • Hear from the NUS Officers about national initiatives and campaigns
  • Update King’s communities following the conference

Academic Represenatives

Academic Reps empower peers to act collectively to improve the student experience at a faculty, department or programme level. Position holders work collaboratively with reps across the university to bring about change.

Academic Associations electing representatives include:

  • Bioscience Students' Association (BSA)
  • IoPPN Student Forum
  • KDSA (King's Doctoral Students' Association)
  • Law Forum
  • Medical Students' Association (MSA)
  • Arts and Humanities does not have an academic association and are electing programme level representatives in the following departments:

  • English
  • Film
  • French
  • German
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • SPLAS (Spanish, Portugese and Latin American Studies)
  • Theology and Religious Studies
  • You can see the Academic Association leaders handbook for more information here and the Academic Rep handbook for more information here.

    Quick Facts

    • Engage peers to find out what issues affect them and propose changes to your faculty, department or programme
    • Build partnerships between students, KCLSU, King’s and external bodies with a view to improving the student experience
    • Attend student-staff liaison committees (SSLCs), faculty or college committee meetings or send a nominee
    • Feedback decisions to the communities they represent


    KCLSU Spring Elections 2019

    110 posts are up for election.

    Nominations are now closed.

    The polls open at 10:00 on Monday 4 March 2019 (in 12 days)

    Post List
    Read more about the positions up for election and what each role entails.

    Make sure you logged in.

    Academic Association and Academic Rep nominations which have 0 candidates have been extended until Wednesday 20 February 2019, 12 noon. For more information click here.

    She Should Run

    She Should Run is a campaign to inspire, empower and encourage women and those who self-identify as women, to run for leadership positions in the union, particularly sabbatical positions.

    We want to do this at Kings, so that leadership positions are more reflective of our students. Women make up 62% of the KCL Student body , however, they are not proportionally represented. The number of women on the student officer team over the last 6 years has been 28% on average. Only 8 out of 22 presidential candidates since 2014 have been women, six of those were in 2017 and there were no women candidates for president in 2018. Since 1988 there have only been 4 female presidents. The 2018/9 sabbatical team only has one woman. A third of student trustee candidates have been women in the last two years and the 2018/9 student trustees have no women trustees.

    The campaign aims to increase awareness of the issue across campus, increase the number of women nominations and ultimately see an increase of women in elected positions.

    There will be various events starting with the Launch on Tuesday 22 January, from 6pm in Bush House, South Wing, Room 2.03 - come along and hear from KCLSU and NUS women leaders, past and present, about their experiences and tips for student politics and beyond.

    There will also be practical workshops to support women wanting to get involved.

    Upcoming events

    Spring Election 2019 handbooks

    These handbooks contain all the important information you need to know about the nominations and elections process, role descriptions, election rules and expenses. Please feel free to get in touch with elections@kclsu.org if you have any further questions.  

    Student Officer handbook 

    All the information about standing for one of the sabbatical officer positions: President, Vice President Postgraduate, Vice President Activities & Development, Vice President Education (Arts & Sciences), Vice President Education (Health) or Vice President Welfare & Community. 

    Student Officer handbook - Chinese version 

    This is a simplified version of the Student Officer handbook in Chinese. 

    Network Officer handbook 

    All the information about standing for one of the nine Network Officer positions: People of Colour Officer, Women's Officer, Disabled Students' Officer, Family Officer, First Generation Officer, International Students' Officer, LGBT+ Officer, Trans Officer, Mature Students' Officer. 

    NUS Delegate handbook

    All the information about standing as an NUS National Conference Delegate, and representing King's students at NUS National Conference. 

    Academic Association leader handbook 

    All the information about standing for a position on your Academic Association. 

    Academic Rep handbook

    All the information about standing as an Academic Rep and representing students in your course or faculty. 

    MSA Committee Election handbook

    All the information about standing for an MSA committee position. 

    Candidate resources

    Information and guidance for candidates, as well as the slides and advice from the candidates' briefings. The candidate briefings will be uploaded after they have taken place. 

    Eligibility terms explained 

    Some positions might require you to self-define in order to be eligible to stand or vote for them - this is an explanation of the terms used. 

    Designated campaigning zones 

    For information about where candidates are allowed to place campaigning materials around campus. 

    Candidate campaign tips

    For advice and instructions on writing and uploading your manifesto, running your campaign, social media and designing your campaign materials. 

    Student Officer briefing

    For information about the roles, key dates, the elections process, the code of conduct, candidate promotion liberation and support.

    NUS Delegate and Network Officer briefing

    For information about the roles, elections process, campaigning tips and support.

    Candidates' Code of Conduct

    Taking part in a KCLSU election means following a code of conduct. Here, you will find the full Code of Conduct

    Societies and Networks Guide

    There are lots of different ways in which your society can be involved with KCLSU elections – here are just a few ideas.

    1. Invite the candidates to one of your events or meetings

    You could give them all a few minutes to introduce themselves and their campaigns, or they could just talk to your members face-to-face.

    2. Host a Q&A or hustings event

    Our guide to hosting an accessible and inclusive Q&A event can be found here. It is really important that you consider seriously the accessibility of an event that requires candidates to attend and answer questions in person, since it requires a lot of time and energy during an already busy and difficult week for candidates.

    3. Promote the elections in general

    Mention them at your events, post on social media about them, and generally encourage your members to vote!

    4. Publish information about what you are looking for in a candidate

    this will help students who are thinking of standing understand what is important to your society.

    5. Endorse candidates

    Our guide to endorsing candidates can be found here.

    6. Ask questions

    You can contact candidates on Facebook and Twitter, or through any contact info they give in their manifestos, and ask them for their positions on particular issues.


    Contact elections@kclsu.org for:

    • Problems logging in
    • Problems voting
    • Questions about the elections process
    • Help and guidance

    Please provide your K number, full name and KCL email address.

    If you'd like to make a complaint, please click through to the Elections Complaints page.

    How do I run for elections?

    Running for election is simple – you just need to provide us with some basic info before noon on Friday 15th February, by visiting https://www.kclsu.org/elections/#nominate.

    Can I nominate someone else as a student officer?

    If you think someone would be great, the best thing to do is talk to them! Tell them that you admire them and think they should stand, it’s a huge compliment. If you aren’t sure what to say, you can fill out our ‘recommend a rep’ form and we’ll get in touch with them to encourage them to nominate themselves.

    What's involved in campaigning?

    There is no magic formula to campaigning: it’s all about communicating your message in a way that suits you. This can be done in a number of ways: talking to people face to face on campus, shout outs at lectures, sticking up posters and flyering in KCLSU spaces, or using social media. Having a few friends to help you out and cover more ground as a team is always a good idea. Don’t feel like you have to do certain things just because you see other people doing them – focus on your strengths and what you’re comfortable with.

    What are the terms of office?

    You’ll be employed by KCLSU from 1 July 2019 to 31 July 2020. The Student Officer role is a full-time job, you are required to work an average of 35 hours per week. We can discuss arrangements for you to work these flexibly, if you have parent or caring responsibilities or access needs, for example.

    What will I get paid?

    The salary for Student Officers is £23,995 and you get paid monthly.

    Is it possible to take a year out if I am not currently in my final year?

    Any registered student should be able to take a year-long interruption from their course. If you are a part-time or Master’s student then the best thing may be to take an interruption and complete your dissertation after you’ve finished. We recommend that you talk to your school about interrupting your studies and/or research, as they’ll be best placed to discuss your situation.

    I am an international student. Can I work as a Sabbatical Officer?

    Yes you can! You’ll be able to work as a Student Officer under a Tier 4 visa, and KCLSU will help you cover the costs. We often have international students on our Student Officer team.

    I don't have all the skills I need. Will training be available?

    You don’t need any prior experience to become a Student Officer – just the experience of being a student at King’s. We’ll provide you with all the training and support you will need.

      This includes:
    • NUS Lead and Change conference.
    • Other NUS conferences that are relevant to your role (e.g. Liberation).
    • Full Student Officer induction programme over the summer.
    • KCLSU Learning and Development programme.


    Nominations open

    Monday 28 January 10am

    Nominations close

    Friday 15 February, noon                                      

    Student Officer briefings

    It is compulsory to attend a briefing in order to stand for the position of Student Officer. If you can’t attend any briefing, please email elections@kclsu.org as soon as possible. If you do not attend a briefing you will be disqualified.

    Friday 15 February, 5.30pm-6.30pm, Activity Room D, 8th Floor, Bush House, South East Wing


    Monday 18 February, 12pm-1pm, Activity Room 5, West Wing, Guy’s Campus

    Briefing for Network Officers and NUS Delegates Monday 18 February, 4pm-5pm, Activity Room D, 8th Floor, Bush House, South East Wing

    Candidates announced and campaigning begins

    Monday 25 February, 10am

    Voting opens

    Monday 4 March, 10am

    Voting closes

    Thursday 7 March, 5pm

    Results Announced

    Friday 8 March, 5pm