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We have a nomination process: this basically means that you make an application to be a member of a committee and it must be supported by another member (your nominator). Nominations open on Monday 19 August 2024.  

Find out what it means to be an EC member or RC member

Any member wishing to stand for EC or RC will first need to:

  • Check who can be an EC or RC member by finding out about eligibility criteria.
  • Arrange for another eligible (current) member of their region to nominate them for that specific committee. 
  • Complete the nomination process before the deadline of Wednesday 18 September 2024 at 17:30.
  • Candidates are able to submit a short statement and photograph via an online link once they have completed their nomination (further details below). The deadline for submission of these is also Wednesday 18 September 2024 at 17:30
  • Where more valid nominations than places are received a ballot will be held.
  • If you have any access requirements or need assistance with this process, please contact email or phone your regional office.


Completing the online nomination form is very simple via the link below.

You will first need to log in.

You will also need to know:

  • Your nominator’s MU membership number
  • Your nominator’s email address

If you are standing for both EC and RC, you will need to complete a separate nomination for each.

On receipt of your online nomination, we will email your nominator for confirmation. Please be aware that your nominator will need to respond to this email to complete the process.

We will also provide you a link to enable you to submit a statement (and photo for EC) if you wish. 

Please note the nomination deadlines and additional information below. If you or your nominator don’t know your MU membership number or have any queries about this process, please email


Nomination Deadlines 

The MU rules state that a valid nomination must be received on or before the deadline set by the EC which this year is Wednesday 18 September 2024 at 17:30.    

If we are unable to confirm your nomination is valid due to a lack of subsequent response to our confirmation emails, your name will not be included. If you have not heard back from us following submission of a nomination you can check we have received it by emailing



A ballot will be held between Monday 14 October 2024 and Monday 11 November 2024. These dates will be confirmed to the candidates prior to the ballot being held. If the number of nominations does not exceed the number of vacancies, it will not be necessary for a ballot to be held. 


Independent Scrutineer 

The Executive Committee has appointed UK Engage, Image House, 10 Acorn Business Park, Heaton Lane, Stockport, SK4 1AS as the Independent Scrutineer for the Executive Committee and Regional Committee elections. 


Candidate statements  

You don't have to provide a statement, but if the committee you are applying for goes to a ballot you will likely be at a disadvantage if you don’t. 

Candidates may submit a statement of not more than 150 words for circulation with the ballot papers. This must be received via an online link no later than Wednesday 18 September 2024 at 17:30. This link will be sent to you following receipt of your nomination so please allow time to do this.  



Candidate name: the exact text for your name as you wish it to appear on the ballot paper e.g. Jen if you prefer that to Jennifer 

Candidate Statement (max 150 words). The exact text of your statement as you wish it to appear on the ballot paper.  

Click here to for more information on what members might typically include in a statement. 

You are responsible for the content of your statement, and we will not make any changes, including where there might be grammar or spelling errors for instance. Please check it is written as you wish it to be printed.  

If your statement is over the word count and in the event that it is not possible to notify you and get an updated version, only the first 150 words will be printed.  

Photographs (EC Only) 

Candidates may also submit a photograph for inclusion with their statement when standing for EC. In order that photographs can be printed to the best possible standard, candidates are advised to: 

  • submit their photograph in black and white only, as all photographs will be printed in monochrome; 
  • email their photograph as an attachment in jpeg format; 
  • ensure they are the only person in the photograph; and 
  • send a head and shoulders photograph, as all photographs will be cropped to head and shoulders format. 


You may wish to carry out some campaigning activities to improve your chances of success. There are no restrictions placed on how you carry out your campaign, but you should bear in mind that, as with your statement, you are solely legally responsible for your actions. Online campaigning can be an effective tool, however, members might find our advice helpful if they encounter problems with harassment or abuse online. As part of the MU rules, all MU members are committed “to oppose actively all forms of harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination whether on the grounds of sex, race, ethnic or national origin, religion, colour, class, caring responsibilities, marital status, sexuality, disability, age, or other status or personal characteristic”. 

Where a ballot for EC, RC, Section Committees or the ED&I Committee is taking place, the statement provided by a candidate and distributed to members is the relevant document for members deciding who to vote for. Consideration of other content present on MU channels as part of ongoing operation, or of additional content distributed by candidates or third parties is entirely the decision of that individual member and beyond the control of the MU.