Key Dates and Election Handbook

Here, you can find all the key dates for our upcoming KPA election, our Election Handbook and our Constitution!

Nominations open Monday 15th March at 9am!

'Open Nominations' means the official time that you can nominate yourself to run for an elected officer position here at the KPA. You can nominate yourself by emailing kpa.elections@keele.ac.uk with your full name, your student number and the position that you would like to run for. Our Chief Returning Officer and our Deputy Returning Officer will then check your student number to ensure that you are a registered postgraduate student at Keele University. You will then be contacted to confirm your nomination. 

Nominations close Tuesday 30th March at 5 pm!

Our nominations will close by 5 pm on the 30th of March. After this point, you will be unable to nominate yourself for any of our officer positions. All nominations will be checked by our team. You will then be contacted to confirm the nomination. 

Candidate Briefing Option A

Wednesday 31st March at 6 pm!

There are 2 opportunities for our candidates to attend their candidate briefing. On receipt of nomination, you will be asked to select the best time that works for you between the two options. During the candidate briefing, you will receive a detailed presentation from our Deputy Returning Officer and Chief Returning Officer on the next stages, what will be expected of you as a candidate, provide examples of campaign material and take you through the hustings process. Here, you will be able to ask any questions you might have about the process. 

Candidate Briefing Option B

Thursday 1st April at 12 noon!

There are 2 opportunities for our candidates to attend their candidate briefing. On receipt of nomination, you will be asked to select the best time that works for you between the two options. During the candidate briefing, you will receive a detailed presentation from our Deputy Returning Officer and Chief Returning Officer on the next stages, what will be expected of you as a candidate, provide examples of campaign material and take you through the hustings process. Here, you will be able to ask any questions you might have about the process. 

Deadline for submission of election material Tuesday 13th April at 12 noon!

You will be required to share your election material with the Chief Returning Officer and the Deputy as it will need to be approved. You must not display, share or post your campaign material physically or online until you have received formal approval from our Chief Returning Officer or Deputy Returning Officer. 

Campaigning begins on Wednesday 15th of April at 12 noon!

Once all campaign material has been approved, candidates will start their campaigning at 12 noon. Due to the pandemic, we will be ensuring that our election material is posted on our social media channels and website. 

Hustings on Wednesday 21st of April at 5 pm (online) 

Voting opens at 7 pm!

All candidates and our student membership will be invited to an online hustings event. This is a space for all candidates to introduce themselves, talk about their manifesto points and for the membership to ask any questions they might have. Once hustings is over, voting will open at 7 pm. 

Voting closes on Friday 23rd April at 5 pm!

Voting will close at 5 pm meaning that campaigning will also come to an end. We will then be announcing the results online via our social media and website. 

Election results announcement at 7 pm on the same day.