► Elections and referenda



As a representative body of Durham Students we ask you, the students, to vote on who runs DSU.

Campus wide, online elections are held in the Epiphany term to decide who your next sabbatical officers and trustees of DSU are.  Campus-wide elections are also held to decide on the NUS National Conference delegates. Every student at Durham University is entitled to vote in these elections.

Smaller elections are held throughout the year to elect various representative positions such as the executive committee. 

To find out more, click on the links to the left hand side of this page.



A referendum is the highest policy making body of Durham Students' Union. A referendum is conducted by the means of an online vote in which all students are entitled to vote.

The big issues that students want to debate will be voted upon by a referendum. For example, in Epiphany Term an online vote was held to determine whether or not DSU should affiliate to the NUS (National Union of Students).

A referendum can be called by the following people:

  • A simple majority of the Trustee Board
  • A 2/3rds majority of DSU Council
  • A simple majority of members present and voting in a General Meeting (if quoracy is at least 3% of membership)
  • Any member via a secure petition signed by 3% of the membership.

If you wish to call a referendum on any issue then contact DSU Democracy Committee ([email protected]) who will advise on what action needs to be taken.

All democratic procedures are overseen by the DSU Democracy Committee. For more information on this click here.
For results and statistics of previous elections and referenda please visit


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