Elections to officer positions in NUS-USI take place on 20th and 21st March 2018

President

Cahill, Síona (Vice-President for Equality & Citizenship, USI Officerboard)
AITSU; CCSU; CITSU; DCUSU; DITSU; DKITSU; GMITSU; IADTSU; ITBSU; ITCSU; ITSSU; ITTSU; LITSU;
MSU; NCADSU; NCISU; NUIGSU; QUBSU; STACSSU; TCDSU; UCCSU; WITSU.

Síona Cahill Manifesto

VP for Academic Affairs

Hassan, Oisín (Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union)
Nominated by: CCSU; CITSU; DCUSU; DITSU; GMITSU; IADTSU; ITBSU; ITCSU; ITSSU; ITTDSU; ITTSU; LITSU;
LYITSU; MSU; NCADSU; NUIGSU; QUBSU; STACSSU; STMUCBSU; TCDSU; UUSU; WITSU.

Manifesto

VP for Welfare

Elder , Jessica (Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union)
CITSU; DITSU; IADTSU; ITBSU; ITCSU; ITSSU; GMITSU; MSU; QUBSU; STACSSU; UUSU; WITSU.

Jess Elder Manifesto

McClean, Damien (Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union)
CITSU; DCUSU; DITSU; IADTSU; ITBSU; ITCSU; ITSSU; GMITSU; LITSU; MSU; NCADSU; NUIGSU;
STACSSU; STMUCBSU; TCDSU; UCCSU; UUSU; WITSU.

Damien McClean Manifesto

Murtagh, Niamh (Vice-President for Equality & Citizenship, USI Officerboard)
CITSU; DITSU; GMITSU; IADTSU; ITBSU; ITCSU; ITSSU; ITTDSU; ITTSU; NUIGSU; STACSSU; WITSU.

Niamh Murtagh Manifesto

Sherlock, Rachel (University College Cork Students’ Union)
ITCSU; NUIGSU; UCCSU.

Rachael Sherlock_Manifesto

VP for Campaigns

Byrne, Michelle (Vice-President for the Southern Region, USI Officerboard)
CITSU; DITSU; GMITSU; IADTSU; ITBSU; ITCSU; ITSSU; ITTSU; LYITSU; MSU; NCADSU; NUIGSU;
QUBSU; STACSSU; TCDSU; UUSU; WITSU.

Michelle Byrne Manifesto

VP for Equality and Citizenship

Cusack, Aisling (Vice-President for the Dublin Region, USI Officerboard)
CITSU; DCUSU; DITSU; GMITSU; IADTSU; ITBSU; ITCSU; ITSSU; ITTDSU; ITTSU; LITSU; LYITSU; MSU;
NCADSU; NCISU; NUIGSU; QUBSU; STACSSU; TCDSU; UUSU; WITSU.

Aisling Cusack Manifesto

Heverin, Anna (University College Cork Students’ Union)
CITSU; DITSU; IADTSU; ITBSU; ITCSU; ITSSU; ITTSU; LITSU; MSU; NCADSU; NUIGSU; QUBSU;
STACSSU; UCCSU; UUSU; WITSU.

Anna Heverin Manifesto

LU don Ghaeilge

Deasy, Aoife (Saint Angela’s College Sligo Students’ Union)
CITSU; DITSU; IADTSU; ITCSU; ITSSU; ITTSU; GMITSU; LITSU; LYITSU; NCADSU; NUIGSU;
STMUCBSU; UUSU; WITSU.

Aoife Deasy Manifesto

VP for the Southern Region

Clarke, Adam (Carlow College Students’ Union)
ITCSU; LITSU; WITSU.

Adam Clarke Manifesto

Desmond, Philip (Limerick Institute of Technology Students’ Union)
CCSU; ITCSU; ITTSU; WITSU.

Philip Desmond Manifesto

FitzPatrick, Lorna (Institute of Technology Carlow Students’ Union)
CCSU; CITSU; ITTSU; LITSU; WITSU.

Lorna Fitzpatrick Manifesto

VP for the Border, Midlands and Western Region

Clohessy, Barry (Institute of Technology Sligo Students’ Union)
AITSU; GMITSU; MSU; NUIGSU; STACSSU.

Barry Clohessy Manifesto

O’Donnell, Robert (Maynooth Students’ Union)
GMITSU; MSU; NUIGSU.

Robert O’Donnell Manifesto

VP for the Dublin Region

Gaffney, Kayla (Dublin City University Students’ Union)
DCUSU; DITSU; ITBSU.

Kayla-Gaffney

O’Halloran, Colm (Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union)
IADTSU; ITBSU; NCADSU; NCISU; TCDSU.

Colm O’ Halloran

Elections to USI Officer Board take place on 4 April 2018.

  • Nominations can be made by Presidents of Students Unions.
  • Nominations open at 9.00 am on 22 January 2018
  • Nominations close at 17.00 on 26 February 2018
  • Withdrawals close at 17.00 on 5 March 2018
  • Here’s some information on the positions available.

 

Video Hustings

An opportunity to provide a video hustings, which will be hosted on YouTube and this website, will be made available to all candidates.

Each video hustings will present an opportunity for:

  • 3 minute opening
  • 3 questions (1 minute each) which will be universal for all candidates for a position
  • 1 minute closing statement

Candidates may submit their own video to USI at any time during the campaign.  Send these to: congress@usi.ie.

The questions are:

  • Why are you running for this position?
  • What are your priorities for the year?
  • What do you see as the major challenges for USI over the next 12 months?

 

  • To run for a position in NUS-USI, there are different rules and deadlines. See the above box to find out more.
USI Official Congress Hustings
USI recognises one official hustings event, which will take place on the evening of 3 April 2017 at the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe.

 

The USI Congress Hustings will follow the following format:

1.      The Congress Director will provide Delegate Leaders with Hustings Questions Sheets for each position.

2.      The questions must be provided to me or the Congress Director to pass to me no later than thirty minutes before the Hustings are scheduled to begin.

3.      The candidates for each position except President will speak for up to three minutes, face up to three questions; and then get to summate for up to one minute; with alternations as to who goes first.

4.      The candidate for President will speak for up to five minutes, face up to five questions; and then get to summate for up to one minute.

Local Hustings
Students’ Unions may opt to host their own hustings for candidates.  These are strictly not official events, but USI will list information for any events we receive here.

 

  • NUIGSU:  March 5th, 6pm, AM250 (Arts Millennium)
  • DITSU:  March 14th, 6pm259 (Bolton St.)
  • UCCSU: March 21st, 6pm, Room TBC
  • TCDSU: March 27th, Time and Room TBC
Rules and regulations

USI Officerboard Election Campaign

In USI we want to ensure that all candidates have a fair and enjoyable election campaign. The below regulations are set out to ensure that there is an even playing field for all candidates, and that each candidate can participate fully in the elections. Information is provided on the Elections Hub section of usi.ie so as to inform the USI membership of who the USI Officerboard candidates are, and also to keep the candidates up to date with information in relation to the election campaign.

 

All communiqué in relation to the election campaign should be to elections@usi.ie.

 

Elections Regulations

  1. Nominations

    1. A candidate must be nominated by two Students’ Unions in membership of USI.

    2. Nominations should be submitted, with a date, on Union headed paper, signed by the President (or acting President) of the nominating Students’ Union.

    3. Nominations should be submitted in the form:

“I, [NAME], President of [Students’ Union], wish to nominate [Candidate] who is [a student member of [Students’ Union] / a member of USI Officer Board / a Sabbatical Officer at [Students’ Union] to stand for the position of [Officership].  Signed: [Name].

    1. Nominations should include the contact details of the candidate, to include email address and mobile phone number.

    2. A candidate who is not a member of the National Council must provide a current valid ID or letter of proof of membership of their Students’ Union, certified by their institution.

 

  1. Election budget

As per Congress policy, a spending limit of €350 per candidate is imposed on campaign materials.  Evidence for budget spent must be submitted to USI Elections Sub-Committee by 5pm on March 30 2018.

 

  1. Official statements in Congress Document CD1

A candidate must submit a personal statement of no more than 400 words in either Word or TXT format and a headshot photo showing only the candidate, preferably against a plain white background.

 

  1. Manifesto

USI will endeavour to keep the membership as informed as possible about the upcoming USI Officerboard elections, and who the candidates are. As such, USI will upload candidates’ manifestos on to usi.ie Elections Hub section. Manifestos must be submitted by 12pm on 28th of February.

Note: manifestos can be updated in the interim between the submission deadline and opening of Congress.

 

  1. Official Hustings

USI runs one official hustings event at Congress, where each candidate will have the opportunity to address the whole electorate and to answer questions. Attendance at this hustings event will be facilitated by USI for all candidates, whether or not they are delegates at the Congress, subject to the terms of the Safety Protocol for Congress.

 

  1. Video statements

USI facilitates the production of one video statement plus Q&A with each candidate. These are filmed at one location and at one time to facilitate the candidates. Please see below for details on the video statements.

 

  1. Unofficial Hustings

USI does not formally participate in any other hustings or election event prior to Congress.

 

  1. Conduct.

Candidates for USI elections are required to comply with USI’s mandatory policies on cyberbullying. At Congress, candidates, whether delegates or not, will be required to abide by the general conduct regulations (Safety Protocol) for the Congress.

 

Checklist

Item

Due before

At least two nominations per Regulation 1

5pm on Close of Nominations Date 26 February 2018

Proof of membership as per Regulation 1 g

5pm on Close of Withdrawals Date 5 March 2018

Video Hustings

Submitted by 5pm on 5 March on Youtube.

Photo and Statement as per Regulation 3

12pm on 5 March 2018

 

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Pledge of Conduct

USI Elections are an opportunity to showcase the candidates’ vision for the future of the role they wish to fill and the future of our movement. As a result, all candidates are asked to sign up to and abide by the following pledge of conduct.


Candidates may have legitimate disagreements and differing opinions on issues. I pledge to concentrate on the issues during the campaign.

Every MO in USI is equal and every delegate has an equal vote. I pledge to recognise that and reflect it in my campaigns

People put great effort into their campaigns. I pledge to respect the materials produced by other candidates and won’t allow my campaign team to do anything to restrict their distribution and availability to students and voters

There are now spending limits on USI elections. I pledge to stick to the spirit and letter of the limits to ensure a fair election

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Video Hustings for USI Positions will be listed by Candidates from 5 March 2018 on Youtube. The URL of the video should be forwarded to congress@usi.ie. Here are the mandatory requirements:

Questions
1. Why are you running for this position
2. What will be your priorities for the year
3. What do you see are the major challenges for USI in the next 12 months.

You have up to a minute to answer but don’t need to use the full minute. Additionally if you wish you may include up to a three minute introduction speech.

Each candidate will be given 3 minutes for their pitch and one further minute at the end of questions to recap on their pitch.

Pitch (3 min)

Answers (1 min per answer)

Recap (1 min).

At USI HQ we will record these against a USI backdrop.

If you are not able to make it to USI for the hustings, and you would like to participate in the video hustings, you should make arrangements to film your own pitch, question answers and send them by email to USI before 5pm on Tuesday evening.  The video must be filmed on a plain background, and no sound or special effects added. Any video with special effects, text, or sound added will not be uploaded on to any USI communication channels.

Equally, if you would like to opt not to participate in the video hustings, please indicate so.

Voting Entitlements

This table lays out the theoretical maximum voting entitlements of each member organisation in membership of USI.

It is not the final canonical guide to votes available in the election, as these are calculated at latest one week before the commencement of Congress and MOs may opt not to bring their full delegations.

Further Education (Regional) Colleges in Northern Ireland have 2 votes each.

Further Education Colleges in Ireland have 2 votes each.

Member Org Max Voting Entitlement
TCDSU 18
UUSU TBC
STMUCB TBC
SUCB TBC
ITTSU 4
DITSU 21
NUIGSU 19
ITBSU 5
GMITSU 8
IADTSU 4
STACSSU 3
NCISU TBC
LITSU 8
ITTDSU 7
CITSU 10
UCCSU 22
QUBSU TBC
NCADSU 3
MSU 13
ITCSU 9
ITSSU 7
DCUSU 18
AITSU 6
DKITSU 7
LYITSU 5
WITSU 9
CCSU 2
What you need to run
  • To run for election to a USI Officer Board position, you must be a USI member and be nominated by Member Organisations.
  • Nominations should be submitted on students’ union headed notepaper and signed by the president of the Students’ Union.
  • Nominations must be submitted by 5pm on 26 February 2018
  • To run for a position in NUS-USI, there are different rules and deadlines. See the above box to find out more.