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ELECTIONS 2020-2021

MICHAELMAS TERM ELECTIONS INFORMATION (2020) 

Being on the committee is a fun and rewarding challenge! If you’re on the fence, there’s a list of reasons to run at the bottom of this page.

Even if you’re not interested in running, it is vital that everyone votes! So please read through the election emails and the attached documents to stay informed.

If you have any questions, make sure to attend the MCR Committee & Election Information Sessions on 15th October or please contact Sophie, the President or Emma Cahill, the Executive Graduate Tutor, who is the returning officer for the Michaelmas elections.

Position descriptions can be found here >> Committee positions descriptions (not all positions are open, please make sure to check the open positions on this site below)

The positions open for election this term are (for the term October 2020 – October 2021):

    • Vice-President*
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • Comms Officer (Communication and Computing)
    • Social Secretary (x4)
    • Welfare Officer
    • Green Officer
    • LGBT+ Officer**
    • BAME Officer***
    • General Members (x2)

*The initial term of the Vice-President is October 2020 – June 2021 pending the Executive elections in 2021.

**The position of LGBT+ Officer must be filled by a member who self-identifies as LGBT+

***The position of BAME Officer must be filled by a member who self-identifies as BME.

Timeline: 

Michaelmas Election timeline:

  • 11 October: Nominations open
  • 15 October: MCR Committee & Election Information Sessions (Two sessions, one at 11 am BST and one at 6 pm BST – The links for each session can be found on the MCR channel of your Microsoft Teams account)
  • 21 October: Nomination close at 9pm
  • 22 October: Voting opens at 9pm
  • 23 October: Voting closes at 9pm, results announced
  • 26 October: Voting re-opens, in the event of second election/for positions which remain unelected.
  • 29 October: Mandatory first committee meeting (if you run for a position, make sure that you’ll be available on this day)

Process:

How to run for a position:

All full members of the MCR, that is, all graduates registered at Murray Edwards College (as well as affiliated graduates and certain mature undergraduates) are eligible to stand at the MCR elections.

  • Make sure you know what the position involves (if you are not sure, have a look at the Committee positions open for election and/or ask one of the current office holders)
  • Find a proposer and a seconder (i.e. two other current Murray Edwards grads who support your nomination).
  • Write a short manifesto about yourself and about why you would like to run for this particular position (no longer than half a page please!)
  • E-mail the Executive Graduate Tutor (emma.cahill@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk) & cc MCR President(mcr-president@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk) with a single pdf document consisting of
    • your name
    • your CRS id
    • the position you would like to run for and 
    • your manifesto (no longer than half a page please)
    • name & CRSid of your proposer
    • name & CRSid of your seconder 
  • Arrange a time and date for a brief informal chat with Emma and/or Sophie during the nomination period.

If you are interested in two positions, please send us the full nomination for BOTH, and indicate CLEARLY which one is your first choice. Voting for re-opened positions will happen from Thursday 2 July 9pm to Friday 3 July 9pm.

Why run for a position?

There are lots of good reasons to run for a position… we’d encourage anyone to give it a go!

  • It’s fun! You have so much freedom and resources to organise great  activities. Plus, you get to work closely with your lovely committee.
  • Develop professional and life skills that will serve you no matter what you do in the future.
  • Contribute to your community by responding to students’ needs. The students’ well-being depends on a committee made up of enthusiastic, dedicated, and creative members.
  • It’s empowering! In such a small community, your voice and actions  on the committee can lead to direct, immediate, and concrete outcomes.
  • Learn how an administrative system works. The committee is a  microcosm of all the other administrative systems that surround you. Plus, you’ll see the inner workings of college, which can be unexpectedly interesting and eye-opening.
  • Test out leadership. No experience? No problem! Being on the   committee is a great opportunity to dip your toes in leadership in a   relatively low-pressure context, so you can see how you like it.
  • Let’s be real, it looks great on your CV. And with good reason: it   shows that you’ve developed useful skills and are capable of committing to responsibilities. You can also ask for a formal letter of reference from the MCR/college to document your hard work.
  • It’s a challenge and a big responsibility, and at the end of the  day, that’s what makes it so satisfying.

See more about getting involved and get the opinion of past committee members by checking out this page from the Graduate Handbook 2020-2021!

What happens next?

After nominations close on the 21st of October, the Executive Graduate Tutor/MCR President will send all nominations and manifestos to the whole graduate community.

You will then have 24 hours to decide who you would like to vote for before the election starts. The actual election is conducted by online ballot (all graduates will receive an e-mail about this) and votes can be cast for another 24 hours. The Executive Graduate Tutor will inform the newly elected MCR members and the wider graduate community of the election results shortly afterwards. If you have any further questions about the position roles and/or election procedure, I highly suggest you attend the information meeting on the 15th of October (two sessions, at 11 am BST and 6 pm BST).  You are also, as always, welcome to email the committee with any questions.

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