We have asked the Student's Union office for details of previous elections, but were told that they do not retain any data. We also contacted the NUS to ask about their relationship to the university, but they did not get back to us.
- No data found.
- Only 1367 ballots were cast for the candidates.
- According to a university spokesperson, this amounted to a mere 3% participation in the 2006 elections.
- We had calculated a 4% participation rate based on the 2008 student population (34,000) as we could not find details of the 2006 student population, although this would suggest that student population was higher in 2006 than 2008.
- In addition, control of Student Union functions was handed over to the university.
EDIT: We have received a spreadsheet breaking down the 2007 vote and so have updated this section.
- 3,632 ballots were cast in this election.
- The 2008 elections, conducted in the Spring semester, were voided due to election fraud.
- Some 700 votes were tampered with.
- If the voting level remained around that of 2006, over 50% of the votes would have been tampered with.
- The 2008 elections were suspended until the Autumn semester of 2008, but then had to be taken into 2009, due to a lack of nominations.
- The current elections (2009) have still not attracted a full lineup. One position (International Students Officer) has not attracted any nominations, while 5 positions have only one candidate.
In the event that the % vote is less than 5% the University will not be bound to recognise the Union or to fund it.In addition:
Recognition and funding shall be at the discretion of the University through approval by its Board of Governors and confirmed or otherwise at each Board meeting during the year.As such, all that's left to say is: vote - it matters.