More than 6,000 De Montfort University (DMU) students have voted for the student leaders who will #PowerYourUnion at De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) in 2018/19, in our biggest Elections EVER.
An incredible 6,039 DMU students had their say in choosing the five full-time and six part-time members of our Officer Team, as well as their next Course Rep – and that doesn’t include the more than 1,000 students who voted for the next student leaders of their sports club or society.
The figure, which is an 11% increase on our previous record of 5,455 voters set in 2017, equates to just over one in four students at DMU and is set against a backdrop of voting figures dropping at many other students’ unions across the UK.
This also represents one of the highest turnouts of any students’ union Elections in the country.
The 50 candidates were also one of the most diverse groups of students ever to stand in our Elections, with a 50/50 gender split between male and female students (of those who declared their gender) and the biggest single demographic group being made up of Indian students.
During voting, we tracked more metrics than ever before to paint a picture of a typical voter at DMU.
Impressively, all four faculties at DMU boasted more than 1,000 voters, with the Faculty of Business and Law coming out on top with 1,930 students casting at least one ballot.
But it was the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities which came out on top percentage wise with more than 29% of student voting (compared to 25% in Business and Law).
Don’t take this one at face value – there are way more first-year students at DMU right now than second-years and beyond.
Almost a third of first-year students voted, while close to 29% of third-years had their say.
Nursing with NMC Registration topped the stats in terms of courses with most voters – 362 – more than doubling the course’s total from 2017. They were followed by Accounting and Finance on 258 and Law LLB on 237 voters.
Snow Sports had the most voters, with 44 sports club members casting a vote, just pipping Cheerleading on 37 and Cricket with 29.
The African Caribbean Society once again topped the society stats, but their total of 107 was close to being toppled in 2018 by the Law Society’s total of 104 society members. League of Legends had the third most voters with 53.
And after all that, don’t forget to come along to our #PowerYourUnion Elections Results Night at 6pm this Friday 16 March in the Campus Centre, where we’ll be announcing all of the DMU students you’ve chosen to lead your students’ union in 2018/19.
The total of 6,039 voters at DMU beats the previous record of 5,455 set in 2017.