SA Officer Elections and Interviews

SA Leadership

The Student Association Executive Committee is made up of three types of officer: Senior Functional Officers, Programme Representatives and Junior Officers.

Senior Officers

Senior Officers are second-year full-time students who are elected by the entire student body in spring term for the upcoming academic year. The twelve functional roles are:

  • Treasurer
  • Student Advocacy
  • Incoming Students
  • Social Affairs
  • Clubs and Sports
  • Careers
  • Sponsorship
  • Operations
  • Academic and Ethics
  • PR and Communications
  • Alumni Relations
  • Returning Officer (appointed)

View more information about these roles here.

All Senior Officers are directors of London Business School Student Association and hold a dual responsibility:

Governance: as directors, each Senior Functional Officer is required to manage the company's resources responsibility, and give direction to the company in order for it to deliver on its mandate. 

Functional Execution: each Senior Functional Officer has executive authority to deliver on their function responsibilities.

Junior Functional Officers

Junior Officers are typically first-year full-time students. They are selected via application and interview during autumn term. The Junior Officer roles are aligned to functions and work closely with Senior Officers. The junior roles are:

  • Chief of Staff
  • Junior Campus Operations Officer
  • Junior Sports & Clubs Officer x2
  • Junior Social Officer x2
  • Junior Incoming Student OfficerJunior PR and Comms Officer
    Junior Treasurer x4
    Junior Sponsorship Officer
    Junior Alumni Officer
  • Junior PR and Comms Officer
  • Junior Treasurer x4
  • Junior Sponsorship Officer
  • Junior Alumni Officer

View more information about these roles here.

Programme Representatives

Each degree programme intake elects a Programme Representative to the Student Association Executive Committee in the first term of their programme. Programme Representatives are responsible for ensuring that the unique voice of their programmes is heard within the Student Association.

Election Process

Elections for Student Association positions typically runs over three phases:

1. Nomination

The Returning Officer will notify the entire student community of the roles to be elected and interviewed for as well as eligibilty. For Junior Functional Officers any full-time student can apply.

Instruction on how and what to submit in terms of application will also be provided. Typically, the window for the SA to receive notice of application will be one week. Applications generally consist of a one page manifesto. Nominations are not accepted before the formal call for them has been sent out, and no later than the deadline set in that notification.

2. Campaigning

During spring elections, there is a campaign phase that runs of approximately one week. Once nominations have closed, the Returning Officer will open the campaigning phase.
There are strict campaigning rules (see below) in place both to ensure equity for all candidates and to minimise disruption to the school community. The entire school community will be reminded of the campaign rules during this phase.

3. Interviews and Elections

Spring: Voting for elections is organised via Campus Groups and uses a simple majority method.
For Senior Officers, students will always have an option to vote for re-open nominations (RON) in the event that the candidate pool for that role is considered insufficient.

Autumn: Once nominations have closed, Senior Officers will review all of the applications.
Depending on the volume of applications, nominees may be shortlisted for interviews. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview with the current Executive Team, usually with the Senior Officer aligned to that position. At the conclusion of all interviews, candidates will be informed of the outcome.

Presidental Election Process

The President is elected from the pool of newly elected Senior Officers each year. This is to ensure that anyone running for the presidency has a keen interest in advancing the goals of the Student Association, whether or not they are elected President.

The President is elected by a simple majority of the:
     1.     Incoming Senior Functional Officers; and
     2.     Outgoing Junior Officers and Programme Reps

The Incoming President shall relinquish their original office upon election as President. The Executive Committee will then call for nominations or appoint a student to fill the vacancy.

Election Rules

Election rules are strict to ensure equitable chances for all candidates and minimise disruption to the school community.

Who can run?

Any full-time student who will be studying at London Business School during the entire term of office may apply for the role.

If no nominations are received for a particular role, two people may jointly stand for that position, provided that at least one of the two candidates will be undertaking an exchange during the following academic year.

Campaigning Rules

There are strict rules around campaigning during the prescribed campaign period. Failure to follow campaign rules may result in disqualification.

Candidates must not use any form of mass communication to campaign
Any attempt to reach a mass audience (10 or more people) regarding your candidacy is prohibited. Sending the same, or substantially similar, message content separately to a mass audience is also considered a contravention of this rule.
Methods of communication include but are not limited to, WhatsApp, social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok), emails, lecture announcements, pamphlets. 
This rule also applies indirectly and any outreach by others regarding your candidacy may also result in disqualification.

Disqualification will occur as a result of candidates breaking the spirit of the campaign rules.
If a mass audience is reached, the Student Association Oversight Committee reserves the right to investigate violations and restrict candidates with discretion.

Campaigning rules are designed to protect student and alumni communities from being inundated with election-related communications. Therefore, investigations of campaigning rule violations will not hinge on intent, but rather on the outcome.

If you have any doubts about what is appropriate during the campaign period, ask before you act.

Voting

The voting period will run for one week. All current LBS students have the right to vote once. Please exercise this right.

Voting will take place via Campus Groups, via individual link shared by the SA.

Voting will be transparent and may be audited to ensure the integrity of elections.

FAQ

Q: Who can apply?
A: Any full-time student returning for studies at the School the following academic year and not planning to go on exchange or graduate in 15 months during that academic year.

Q: Can I persuade individuals to listen to me and show why they should vote for me?
A: Yes, but to no more than 9 people at the same time.

Q: Can I ask others to talk about why people should vote for me?
A: Yes, but even other people cannot speak to more than 10 people at the same time.

Q: Who can vote?
A: Students from all years and all programmes.

Q: Is a “Vote for me t-shirt” allowed.
A: This would be considered a form of mass communication, so it is not allowed.

Q: Can I use posters or place messages in bulletin boards?
A: No, this is a form of mass communication.

Q: Can I use flyers/ business cards/ personalized memos?
A: No, this is a form of mass communication.

Q: Can I talk about elections to more than 10 people at the same time?
A: No, this is a form of mass communication.

Q: Can I use badges, or give people badges containing information that relates to a candidate?
A: No, this is a form of mass communication.

Q: Can other people address mass audiences to campaign for a candidate?
A: No.

Q: Can I use WhatsApp groups to campiagn?
A: No, this is considered a form of mass communication. Communication on stream chats as it has been one of the main sources of disqualification in the past.

Q: If I plan to go on exchange can I nominate?
A:
Only students who are planning to study at London Business School for the full academic year are eligible.
When no nomination is received for a particular role, two people can jointly stand for that position, provided that at least one of the two candidates will be undertaking an exchange during the following academic year.