Meet the Returning Officers in the 2022 elections!

Meet the Returning Officers in the 2022 Student Leadership and Board of Trustees elections!

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With elections season upon us, we want to introduce you to this year's Returning Officers. So, what role do the Returning Officers play in the elections? We'll break it down for you!


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Allan Musinguzi and Beth Metcalf, Returning Officers

The Returning Officer oversees the election and ensures candidates are partaking in a fair election that follows the rules. They offer further information to the External Advisor, providing them with advice and guidance on the internal policies and procedures in place at the Association to allow them to make recommendations. The Returning Officer will be the one to interpret the rules of the elections and investigate complaints to determine whether they will be upheld, however, they will have access to an external advisor to offer an independent view and recommendations.


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Emily Cox, Deputy Returning Officer

The Deputy Returning Officer ensures the smooth running of the election. They are responsible for the practical running of the elections, including managing comms, carrying out administrative processes, offering candidate support and providing relevant and timely information to members, candidates and voters.


External Elections Advisor

The External Elections Advisor is an individual who independently oversees the election, working in consultation with the Returning Officers. They can act as an independent party for larger queries if and when required. Our External Elections Advisor for the 2022 elections is Ashley Storer-Smith, of Nottingham Students Union. 

If you have any further questions about the Returning Officers or general queries about the Student Leadership and Board of Trustees elections please email

Nominations open on Tuesday 22 March, head to to see the roles available.