UJS Presidential Candidate Nominations 2019 - NOW OPEN

Students, it’s your turn!

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN IN THE UJS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Want to be the UJS President 2019-2020? Want to represent 8,500 Jewish students nationally and internationally? Want to lead your national union, create ground-breaking campaigns and combat antisemitism on a national scale?

How to be nominated:

Prospective candidates must complete the attached form and email it to our returning officer Josh by midday on Monday 18th November. You will need the nominations of 10 Jewish students from at least 5 different J-Socs. You will also be required to email photos of the ID cards of each of your nominators. Your nomination will not be processed until both the completed form and the photos of university IDs have been received. After nominations close, you will receive more information about your candidacy.

Election timeline:

All deadlines will be at midday on the date specified below.

Monday 4th – Monday 18th November: Nominations are open

Wednesday 20th November: Announcement of candidates

Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th November: UJS National Summit

Monday 25th November – Friday 6th December: Voting is open

Sunday 8th December: Result is announced at UJS Conference

Campaign materials:

Candidates will be required to send the following materials to our returning officer Josh for the candidate announcement on Wednesday 21st November. These materials must also be submitted by midday on Monday 18th November:

  • A manifesto, which could outline your campaign policies or your experience. The manifesto must be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 550. If presented in poster format, a plain text manifesto must also be submitted.
  • A video, which could introduce you as a candidate or your campaign. This video must have a maximum length of 30 seconds and include subtitles.
  • A photo, in which your face can be clearly seen.
  • An op-ed for the Jewish Press about you and your campaign of approx. 400 words, to be published during the voting period

Meetings:

If successful in this nominations process, candidates will be required to attend 2 meetings:

  • With the returning officer on Tuesday 19th November at 6pm. This meeting will detail the code of conduct and election rules. It will be held over video call, and candidates are permitted to invite their campaign managers to the meeting too.
  • With the CEO Arieh Miller. Arieh will meet with each candidate and arrange this meeting around the candidate’s academic commitments. This meeting contains a briefing so that each candidate has the same key information on UJS heading into the election. The meeting will take place at a point between the confirmation of candidacy and UJS Summit.

Hustings:

Successfully nominated candidates will be invited to attend UJS National Summit from 22nd-24th November, where they will participate in a hustings. A second hustings will be held on the evening of Thursday 28th November at a J-Soc where none of the candidates are a member.

We would like to remind prospective candidates at this stage that campaigning is not permitted until midday on Monday 25th November. Please direct any complaints or queries to the returning officer Josh.

This is an incredibly exciting opportunity and exercise of Jewish students’ democratic rights in their grassroots union. Candidates’ well-being is our priority throughout the election process. Please contact the UJS President or any of the UJS team throughout the election process for impartial welfare support. More information on the election, including budget and code of conduct, will be sent to successfully nominated candidates after nominations close.

A HUGE GOOD LUCK TO ALL CANDIDATES!

Esther Offenberg, UJS President 2019-2020

This process has been approved by the returning officer. The election will be run in accordance with the UJS constitution and bye-laws.

In order to be able to vote, please ensure that you are registered on our website.

About UJS

We are the voice of over 8,500 Jewish students, spanning 60 Jewish Societies (J-Socs) on campuses across the UK and Ireland. We are traditional, progressive, cultural and spiritual; we come from the left, centre and right and can be found across religious and political spectrums.

Together we create and deliver powerful campaigns; fighting prejudice, advancing inclusion, and inspiring education and action on the issues that matter to us. 

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