Elections

This page contains everything you need to know about the College’s elections process and how you can get involved by standing for election or voting in elections.

Eligibility to stand for election is as follows:

Officers  All Members, Fellows and Specialist Associates 
Faculties Members, Fellows and Specialist Associates who are members of the Faculty 
Divisions 
Members, Fellows and Specialist Associates who are members of the Division
International Divisions  Members, Fellows and International Associates who are members of the International Division 
Special Interest Groups  Members, Fellows and Specialist Associates who are members of the SIG 
Psychiatric Trainees Committee Pre- and post-membership trainees who are members of the Division 

You can’t be re-elected to an elected position you already hold, there must be at least a 1-year gap. If you are currently co-opted to a role, then you can stand for election to that role.

For the Psychiatric Trainees Committee, you can serve no more than two terms of two years each (consecutive or not).

When nominations open, the election notices will be posted online and listed in the section below (see Open Elections).

You will need to complete the following documents:

Nomination form

This will need to be signed by two other members of the Faculty or Division for which you are standing for election. For Honorary Officer elections, you will need support from twelve current Members, Fellows or Specialist Associates.

Supporting statement

(max. 500 words for Honorary Officer, Chair, Vice-Chair and Finance Officer posts, max. 200 words for all others).

Good standing form

Nomination forms will be available online once the election has opened. These documents will need to be completed and emailed to elections@rcpsych.ac.uk by the specified closing date.

 

Eligibility to vote is as follows:

Officers  All Members, Fellows and Specialist Associates 
Faculties Members, Fellows and Specialist Associates who are members of the Faculty 
Divisions 
Members, Fellows and Specialist Associates who are members of the Division
International Divisions  Members, Fellows and International Associates who are members of the International Division 
Special Interest Groups  Members, Fellows and Specialist Associates who are members of the SIG 
Psychiatric Trainees Committee Pre- and post-membership trainees who are members of the Division 

Check in the Members’ Area that we have your correct email address and that your Faculty and Special Interest Group preferences are up to date to make sure that you can vote in the right elections.

If you are eligible to vote (please check eligibility section above), you will automatically be included in the electorate. The email address that you have registered with us as your default will be given to the Electoral Reform Services who will send you an email with a link to the voting site. Each link is unique so can’t be shared with others and the voting site can’t be found through a search engine. If you are having issues with your ballot email or you are eligible but have not received the email, please contact elections@rcpsych.ac.uk.
2019 Election Results – Those who have been elected begin their term of office at the AGM on 1st July 2019.
 
Professor Wendy Burn has been re-elected for her final year as President, 2019-20.
 

Presidential Election

1 June 2019Nominations open
9 AugustClosing date for submission of nomination documents
15 AugustCandidates filmed for website
23 SeptemberAnnouncement of candidates standing for election
Article in RCPsych Insight profiling candidates
3 OctoberHustings event at Prescot Street (evening event)
NovemberOnline Q&As
11 DecemberVoting opens
8 January 2020Voting closes
9 JanuaryResults declared

 

Registrar Election

10 January 2020Nominations open
7 FebruaryClosing date for submission of nomination documents
23 MarchVoting opens
20 AprilVoting closes
21 AprilResults declared
2 September 2019 Nominations open
18 October Closing date for submission of nomination documents
11 December Voting opens
8 January 2020 Voting closes
9 January Results declared

There are no elections open at the moment. Please check the timetables above for upcoming elections. Once elections are open, links to election notices will be posted here.

If you have a question about an executive committee job role, such as term of office, frequency of meetings etc., please contact the manager of that Committee.

For any other questions about elections that have not been answered here, please contact the elections team on elections@rcpsych.ac.uk or 020 3701 2566.