The MASSIVE numbers behind Elections 2017

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Phew! Now that the dust has settled and you’ve chosen the new team to #LeadYourDSU, we thought we’d delve a little deeper into the numbers behind De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU)’s biggest Elections EVER.

A record 5,455 De Montfort University (DMU) students voted in our Elections, and between them cast an enormous 25,905 votes across the ten positions.

Out of a total student population of just over 22,000, that means almost a quarter – or one in four – students at DMU had their say in the Elections process.

That’s up from 4,945, or 20% of students, who voted in 2016.

During voting, we tracked more metrics than ever before to paint a picture of a typical voter.

Dan Winney, President of DSU, also confirmed that the society, sports club and course with the highest percentage vote will also win a special award at the students’ union awards in May – but we’ll leave you hanging on until then to find out who they are…

It’s interesting to see such a split between the four faculties in terms of numbers of voters alone – with the Faculty of Business and Law coming out just ahead of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

But, in terms of percentage votes, the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities tops the tables with almost 36% of students voting, compared to 20% of Business and Law students.

You probably won’t be surprised to see that the runaway ‘winner’ of this graph is of students aged 18 to 21. But it also shows just how important it is to get the backing of mature students, too…

There are more self-defining female students than those who define as male at DMU – and that's reflected in the voting data!

Don’t take this one at face value – there are way more first-year students at DMU right now than second-years and beyond. More than a quarter of first-year students voted, while just under 23% of third-years had their say.

Accounting and Finance, one of the largest courses at DMU, was top of the pile with 206 voters, just edging out Biomedical Science with 196 voters.

The sports club with the most voters was neck-and-neck throughout the week – with Netball and Cheerleading fighting over top honours from Monday to Friday. But Men’s Football came good with a late surge, with 67 of their members having voted.

Meanwhile, the society with the most voters was undoubtedly the African Caribbean Society (ACS) with 82 votes, followed by the Law Society on 68 and Psychology on 63.

You can find the exact statistics on the page here. Is there something interesting that you’ve seen in the data? Let us know!


Incoming President Ahtesham Mahmood was elected with a total of 1,813 votes.

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