By-Election

The election has concluded. The total percentage of votes received by each candidate in the elections were as follows:



Communications Officer
CandidateVote Percentage
Imogen Brighty-Potts (Wessex Scene)50
Steven Mair (Strathclyde Telegraph)50
Re-open Nominations0
Turnout: 6.7 percent
The result was determined by a coin toss conducted by the returning officer. As a result, Imogen Brighty-Potts has been duly elected as the Communications Officer for 2020-21.

Sponsorship Officer
CandidateVote Percentage
Uditi Singh (Forge Press)100
Re-open Nominations0
Turnout: 5.8 percent
Uditi Singh has been duly elected as the Sponsorship Officer for 2020-21.

Election Candidates
The following candidates have been nominated for the SPA By-Election to take place on 14 October. They will be joined by Re-open nominations on the ballot.

Communications Officer (One Vacancy)

Imogen Brighty-Potts (Wessex Scene, Southampton)

Tell us more about yourself

I am the Founder and Editor of The Hysteria Collective, copywriter, an MA Journalism student and UOS graduate. I love coffee, wine and Gilmore Girls.

Why do you want this role?

I want this role because I want to tie all areas of the SPA brand, communications and awareness together to create a coherent image and engaging online voice to keep members new and old in the loop with what the SPA can do for them. I want to work with the SPA executive to allow us to thrive and grow in an online world.

What qualifies you for this role?

I am a freelance copywriter and marketing consultant who has run marketing and social campaigns for companies such as TADAR.org, Chartfield Homes and many more. I have interned with Bright Network, BECG and many others in PR/Marketing and have experience as an editor, writer and SPA member to bring to this role. I am very organised and able to create high quality, engaging content online.

Give one idea for a project/change you would lead if you are elected

Buddy scheme across different publications. In the online world we are in, it’s easy to feel alone. A buddy schema across publications would be vital for engaging members with the SPA.

Steven Mair (The Strathclyde Telegraph, Strathclyde)

Tell us more about yourself

I am the former Strathclyde Telegraph Editor-in-Chief. I live in Glasgow and work in sports journalism at a national publication.

Why do you want this role?

When I took over at the Strathclyde Telegraph around 18 months ago I was surprised to see we were not a member of the SPA. I rectified that immediately and I realise there may be other publications we are missing. As Communications Officer I woul seek to include smaller and newcomer publications as well as increase regional branch involvement.

What qualifies you for this role?

I have a year’s experience at the helm of a student publication and past experience in a communications role. I have worked for a national Scottish title for over three years now – one of my duties in that role being writing a daily newsletter. That skill would transfer over to the Communications Officer role at the SPA.

Give one idea for a project/change you would lead if you are elected

Newcomer Publication Outreach. The Communications Director seeks new members to grow the student publication community. They would seek out publications like Strathclyde Telegraph once was, those that are out of the loop at present who can be nurtured and guided as an SPA member.

Sponsorship Officer (One Vacancy)

Uditi Singh (Forge Press, Sheffield)

Tell us more about yourself

Hi! My name is Uditi Singh, and I’m from India. I’m a second-year journalism student at the University of Sheffield. I am a member of Forge Press and co-host a weekly radio show on Forge Radio. I speak both English and Hindi and am an amateur poet and singer too!

Why do you want this role?

Becoming the Sponsorship Officer would be immensely helpful in the advancement of my professional career. I strongly believe that being a part of this organisation would give me valuable exposure to the fast-paced world of journalism. Through SPA’s Executive Committee, I hope to be able to interact with likeminded individuals, juniors and seniors alike, and have the chance to develop, and add to, my skill set. As an international student, the opportunity to be a part of something like is rare, and I would like to seize the moment and become the best version of myself that I can be.

What qualifies you for this role?

I believe I have what it takes to become the Sponsorship Officer for SPA. I was a member of my high school’s online publication club, and was its first official Student Editor. Through that experience, I learnt valuable skills that come along with starting a new project- time management and industriousness. I was also a member of the Student Council and worked behind the scenes in the execution of various national events. When I take responsibility, I ensure to see it through till the end. I am an effective communicator, something that is necessary when working with advertising and sponsors.

Give one idea for a project/change you would lead if you are elected

If I am elected, I would propose the introduction of a ‘shoutout’ advertising event in which we could give recognition to students or organisations that have stood out or worked hard, focusing on marginalised communities so as to give a platform for everyone.

Election Information
The SPA is holding a by-election to fill two vacancies on its 2020-2021 Executive Committee. Any individual member was eligible to stand for the position, and the post will be elected by a ballot of member publications.
The Communications Officer has multiple responsibilities, including:
  • Recruiting new members to the SPA;
  • Processing new membership applications;
  • Maintaining the public list of member publications;
  • Maintaining the private list of individual members;
  • Maintaining two-way communications with the SPA’s members;
  • Creating a newsletter to be sent to all members; and
  • Taking and sharing minutes of all SPA meetings.

The Sponsorship Officer has multiple responsibilities, including:
  • Managing event sponsorship and budgets
  • Supporting SPA members in matters of sponsorship and advertising; and
  • Securing advertising, sponsorship and donations for the SPA
The election will be held on Wednesday 14 October. Member publications should use the unique login that they have been provided to access the ballot. A link to the ballot will be provided from this webpage.



Election rules
  • Candidates are subject to the following rules throughout the entirety of the restricted period. The restricted period ends at the closing of the election poll (10pm on Wednesday 14 October) and begins at the earlier of:
    1. The candidate announces their candidacy publicly; or
    2. The candidate completes and submits the nomination form.
  • In order to be eligible to hold office, the candidate must qualify as an individual member of the SPA. An individual member of the SPA is defined as either:
    1. Somebody who registered themselves, and has been accepted, as an individual member of the SPA.
    2. Somebody who is a member of a publication member of the SPA, or who has been in the past 12 months.
  • Voting shall be held on Wednesday 14 October between the hours of 7am and 10pm on the SPA website. Each publication shall be entitled to one vote, and the candidate with the most votes shall be elected (using a first past the post system).
  • Candidates must follow the SPA Harassment Policy. Violations of the policy shall be subject to discipline in the context of the election separately from the considerations required for further action under the Policy.
  • Candidates may make one (1) post about their candidacy on the SPA Facebook group during the restricted period. If a candidate wishes to make a post relating to matters other than the election during the restricted period, they must seek permission from the Chair prior to posting. This does not prevent candidates from commenting on other posts in the SPA Facebook group.
  • Candidates may not make use of contact lists provided to them in an official role with the SPA for campaigning purposes.
  • Candidates who bring the SPA into disrepute while gaining an unfair advantage may be subject to disciplinary action in order to restore parity between candidates.
  • Disciplinary matters will be considered, in the first instance, by the SPA Chair. Candidates have a period of 24 hours after any decision is issued to lodge an appeal against it. Appeals will be heard by the SPA Trustees. There is no appeal against a decision of the SPA Trustees.