Other College elections 

This page contains everything you need to know about the College’s elections process for Faculties, Divisions, Devolved Nations, SIGs and PTC, including how you can get involved by standing for election or voting in elections.

Election regulations and FAQs

Eligibility to stand for election is as follows:

FacultiesMembers, Fellows and Specialist Associates who are members of the Faculty 
Divisions & Devolved Nations
Members, Fellows and Specialist Associates who are members of the Division/Devolved Nation
International Divisions Members and Fellows who are members of the International Division 
Special Interest Groups Members, Fellows and Specialist Associates who are members of the SIG 
Psychiatric Trainees CommitteePre- 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 on this webpage.

You will need to complete the following documents:

1. Nomination form

This will need to be signed by two other members of the Faculty or Division for which you are standing for election.

2. Supporting statement

(max. 500 words for Chair, Vice-Chair and Finance Officer posts, max. 200 words for all others). Please read our guidance to help you when writing your supporting statement.

3. 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:

Faculties Members, Fellows and Specialist Associates who are members of the Faculty 
Divisions & Devolved Nations
Members, Fellows and Specialist Associates who are members of the Division/Devolved Nation
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/Devolved Nation 

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 Civica Election Services (formerly 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.

1 September 2020Nominations open
19 OctoberClosing date for submission of nomination documents
16 DecemberVoting opens
Noon 13 January 2021Voting closes
14 JanuaryResults declared

College canvassing code for non-Honorary Officer elections

If you have any concerns about canvassing, please contact elections@rcpsych.ac.uk.

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.