9. Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to some regularly asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What does 'self-definition' mean?

Q. A candidate contacted me to ask if they can post in my/my society's Facebook group. Is this ok?

Q. How do I claim back a reward for having voted?

Q. I would like to become a Course Rep or society committee member, how do I do that?

Q. Who do I speak to if I have queries/complaints/questions about the election?

 

Answers to these questions

Q. What does 'self-definition' mean?

A. 'Self-definition' is when you tick an option on your UEA SU account to tell us that you're part of a specific group of students, such as women, LGBT+ people, international students, BME students, and others. These groups of students are known as 'Liberation Groups', as we champion their liberation from racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and other prejudices. You can self-identify multiple groups if you belong to multiple groups.

This information is completely private and is used by UEA SU to determine who can vote in relevant elections. So for example, only people who have self-identified as women can vote in the election for Women's Officer. This is to make sure that SU Officers who represent Liberation groups are elected only by those groups. We believe that Liberation groups themselves are the best people to decide who represents them.

Self-definition information is also used by UEA SU to send updates about our equality campaigns to those affected by them.

You can set your self-definition options here: uea.su/contactdetails

Here's what each Liberation group means and who's a part of each one:

  • Women+ students: Students who identify as women or as non-binary people.

  • LGBT+ students: Students who identify as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, non-binary, pansexual, intersex or other groups within the LGBTQIA+ community.

  • Ethnic Minority students: Students who identify as being from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

  • Students with Disabilities: Students who identify as having a mental or physical disability. Disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities. When it comes to UEA SU elections, you do not need to be in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowance or have a diagnosis to identify as having a disability.

  • Mature Students: Students who either a) started their current course at the age of 21 or over OR b) Are over the age of 24. UEA SU considers all postgraduates to be mature students.

  • International Students: Students who live in a country outside of the UK but attend UEA to study.

 

Q. A candidate contacted me to ask if they can post in my/my society's Facebook group. Is this ok?

A. This is allowed, but you must also allow any other candidate who asks to do the same. Every candidate must have fair access.

 

Q. How do I claim back a reward for having voted?

A. Information about this can be found on the 'incentives' page of this website.

 

Q. I would like to become a Course Rep or society committee member, how do I do that?

A. Those positions will be elected after Easter; this round of elections is just for Student Union officers.

 

Q. Who do I speak to if I have queries/complaints/questions about the election?

A. This information can be found here.