Elections Notice: By-Election Announcement

Friday 12-02-2021 - 16:28

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Resignation of Student Leader and By-Election Notice

Birkbeck Students’ Union are sorry to announce that Ibrahim Badmus is stepping down from his role as Student Leader. This is an elected position that represents students, sits on the Trustee Board and directs the work of the Students’ Union each year.

We would like to thank Ibrahim for his hard work this year, especially considering the pandemic. Ibrahim, as Student Leader, was one of the Officers that sit on the College’s Covid response group. Student representation on this group has been instrumental in securing much-needed support for students, including the No-Detriment Policy and the recent changes to mitigating circumstances. Thank you, Ibrahim, for your contributions to the Birkbeck community, and we wish you luck in your remaining studies!

Please see below for Ibrahim’s statement regarding his resignation.



Dear Birkbeck students,

I was elected to be your Student Leader this time last year, and since June 2020 I have been working to represent the students of Birkbeck College, University of London. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who voted for me, who provided me with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent my peers and give back to the Birkbeck community.

However, I am writing this today to inform you all that I have handed in my months' notice and am stepping down as Student Leader. As is the situation for all of us, this last year has been unexpected and difficult. I have made the difficult decision to step down from my role as Student Leader early to focus on my studies.

I felt that this was the best time to step down, as nominations are currently open for the next generation of Students’ Union officers, so the student body won’t be without one of their representatives for too long!

My time as an Officer has been incredible and has taught me a lot. I have loved being so involved in the Students’ Union and learning about the inner workings of the College. I would recommend for people to nominate themselves for one of the many positions in the Students’ Union elections, as this experience has been a terrific learning and personal development experience; there aren’t many roles that result in an undergraduate being Chair of a Trustee Board!

I will continue to be an active member of the Students’ Union, something that is open to all Birkbeck students, as there is still plenty to get involved in beyond being an Officer - for example, I am looking forward to kick-starting my Comic Book society, and I hope to see you there!

Yours gratefully,

Ibrahim Badmus,

Student Leader



By-Election Notice


So, what does this mean for the role of Student Leader?

Ibrahim will finish his notice period on 5th March 2021. Nominations are currently open for the Spring Elections 2021 – these elections are to elect the new Students’ Union Officer Team for the academic year 2021 – 22.

Additionally, the Union’s Board of Trustee’s has agreed to run a by-election to fill the currently vacant Student Leader position for the remaining 4 months of the academic year, in post from April 12th - July 1st, 2021. The election for this role has been combined with the Spring Elections.

The current Students’ Union Officer Team have agreed to share the responsibilities of the vacant Student Leader position from 5th March – 12th April, until the elected replacement starts.


So, what does this mean for the Spring Elections?

The Spring Elections will run to elect the 7 paid Officer Team positions for 2021-22, and NUS Delegate. In addition, we will also be electing the by-elected Student Leader role, to be in Office for the remainder of 2020-21. Please see below for more information on key election dates.

PLEASE NOTE: You are not able to hold more than one Officer position at a time. However, as the by-elected Student Leader role would end on 31st June 2021, and the remaining elected positions begin on 1st July 2021, in this instance you can nominate yourself for the by-election Student Leader role AND a role for the academic year 2021-22.

Any elected students are only allowed to be in office for a maximum of two terms. The remainder of the by-elected Student Leader role (April 12th - June 31st) will count as one full Officer term.


Positions up for Election:

This is the updated and complete list of all the positions up for election. Please see our website for details on each role, including a description of responsibilities! You can nominate yourself now for the following roles:

  • By-elected Student Leader (2020-21) 

This post has been added to the election to provide students a chance to elect a student to carry out the remainder of the vacant Student Leaders term.

  • 2 x Student Leader (2021-22)
  • Black Members Officer (2021-22)
  • Disabled Students’ Officer (2021-22)
  • Trans Students’ Officer (2021-22)
  • Womens’ Officer (2021-22)
  • LGBT+ Officer (2021-22)
  • NUS Delegate (6th - 8th April 2021)

This post is to represent Birkbeck students at NUS National Conference in April. This conference is where the National Union of Students (NUS) decide on their policies and priorities for the future.


You can nominate yourself here.


Changes to the Elections timeline

Due to the addition of the by-elected Student Leader position, we are extending the nominations period by a week. Please see below for the most recent elections schedule.


Election dates for students:

See details for election dates here.

  • Nominations close: Friday 5th March, 1pm

Nominations are open and you can nominate yourself for a position in our Spring Elections, including the new by-elected position of Student Leader (2020-21.) After this date, you will no longer be able to nominate yourself.

  • Preparation period: 6th March – 19th March
  • Voting opens: 22nd March, 1pm

Voting opens for all Birkbeck students. Enrolled Birkbeck students are automatically members of the Students’ Union, and therefore eligible to vote for your student leaders. The winning candidates of this election will make up the Officer Team who represent students and lobby for change on your behalf. As a student at Birkbeck, you can vote for the candidates that best represent you and your views during the voting period.

  • Hustings: Tuesday 23rd March, 3 – 5pm

This is a live session where Students are able to ask our candidates any questions about their campaigns and manifesto pledges.

  • Voting closes: 26th March, 5pm

Voting will close for the Spring 2021 Elections. After this time, you will not be able to cast your vote.


Winning candidates - term dates of Office:

  • By-election Student Leader (2020-21) in position: Monday April 12th - July 1st, 2021
  • Officer roles for academic year 2021-22 start date: July 1st, 2021
  • NUS Delegate: 6th - 8th April 2021


Election dates for candidates:

See details for election dates here.

  • Nomination's workshop: Tuesday 16th February, 3 – 4pm

This session is for anyone who is considering running in the election but would like a little more information before they commit. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

  • Manifesto workshop: Wednesday 17th February, 3 – 4pm

When submitting your nomination, you will be asked to submit your manifesto. This session will give you some hints and tips for writing a great manifesto and you'll be able to ask any questions that you might have.

  • Candidate Training: Monday 8th March, 3 - 4pm
  • Candidate Training: Tuesday 9th March, 5 – 6pm

This session is a compulsory session for candidates in the Spring Election 2021. It will cover everything you need to know, including key dates, rules, budget and we'll even give you lots of information on how to campaign for votes!

  • Candidate Drop In: Thursday 11th March, 4 – 6pm
  • Candidate Drop In: Wednesday 17th March, 5 – 6pm

This session is for candidates to drop in and ask the Deputy Returning Officer and Comms coordinator any questions that they might have in regard to their publicity or the elections in general.

  • Candidate Drop In: Saturday 20th March, 10 – 11am

This is a weekend session. This session is for candidates to drop in and ask the Deputy Returning Officer and Comms coordinator any questions that they might have in regard to their publicity or the elections in general.



Please see our Frequently Asked Questions to see if we have answered your query! If you have any further questions, please contact our Student Voice Coordinator on c.morgan@bbk.ac.uk.

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