Council nominations

The call for nominations to Council (2021) is now open

At the Annual General Meeting of CIOL, to be held on Saturday 27 March 2021, one member may stand again for a place on Council, CIOL's governing body, and two other members stepped down during the year, so there are three vacancies to be filled.

    We are seeking nominations from Associates, Members and Fellows who wish to join Council to fill the three vacant places. All nominations must be supported by two members who must also be in the grade of Associate member or higher. Members of Council who are standing down and are seeking re-election for a further term of office (if eligible) must also be nominated in the same way as other candidates.

    To stand for election, please complete the online nomination form and submit it no later than midnight GMT on Sunday 13 December 2020. 


    If more nominations are received than places available, CIOL will hold a competitive election.

    Before completing the form, members and supporters are advised to read the guidance notes for candidates

    We have also produced some FAQs. If you have a question, which is not covered by the FAQs, please email the Head of Membership:   

    As an equal-opportunities organisation, CIOL welcomes nominations from the widest possible range of Associates, Members and Fellows. A final word from Cristina Petrizzi MCIL Chartered Linguist, and current member of Council: "I feel immensely grateful for the opportunity to contribute to CIOL, an organisation that has done so much to promote linguists in their most diverse fields. And more than ever, during this difficult period we are enduring, witnessing all that CIOL has done for linguists around the world, members or not, has made me realise the importance of my work as a Council Member and how much I can and want to do to ensure that language professionals receive the status and recognition they deserve. Now more than ever in an increasingly competitive global market, the importance of qualifications has become clear to ensure our place and respect.'


    Who can stand for Council?

    At present Associates, Members and Fellows (defined as Voting Members in the Rules) are eligible to stand for Council.

    Can I nominate myself?

    Yes, but your nomination must be supported by two voting members i.e. members in the grade of Associate or higher.

    I wish to nominate someone, how do I do this?

    You should speak to the member concerned to ensure they wish to be nominated. The member will then need to obtain a second supporter in order to stand for election. Once two members are willing to support the nomination, the member standing for Council will need to complete and submit the nomination form.

    Can Honorary Members and Honorary Fellows stand for election?

    No, only voting members can stand for election, i.e. members in the grade of Associate or higher.

    Can Honorary Members and Honorary Fellows nominate or support a nomination?

    No, only voting members can nominate or support a nomination i.e. members in the grade of Associate or higher.

    There will be three spaces available on Council this year; what happens if fewer than three nominations are received?

    The members nominated will be automatically elected to Council at the AGM to be held online on Saturday 27 March 2021.

    What happens if more than three nominations are received?

    CIOL will run a competitive online election. All voting members will be invited to vote, voting will open on Wednesday 20 January 2021 and will close on Saturday 20 February 2021.

    Who are the scrutineers?

    CIOL Council appointed Civica to be the independent scrutineers for the Council Elections 2021.

    Where do I send my completed nomination form?

    If you complete the online nomination form, your nomination will automatically be sent to the scrutineers. You will receive an email confirming safe receipt of the nomination form.

    When is the closing date for the receipt of nominations?

    All nomination forms, sent electronically or by post, must be with the scrutineers by midnight GMT on Sunday 13 December 2020. Nominations received after this date/time will not be accepted.

    Once I have submitted my nomination what next?

    Once the deadline for the receipt of nominations has passed, CIOL's Head of Membership (or nominated representative) will let you know how many nominations have been received and whether or not a competitive election is required.

    If an election is required, you will be asked to submit a Candidate Statement (mandatory) and a photograph (optional) by Sunday 20 December 2020. Your photograph (if provided) and statement will be shared with the voting members as part of the election process.

    If there is an election, can I canvas support?

    Yes, the more members who vote the better! CIOL will be regularly reminding members to cast their vote and will remind members of the closing date. CIOL will also provide you with guidance on what is and is not permitted when canvassing.

    If there is an election, when will I know the results?

    The results will be announced at CIOL's Annual General Meeting scheduled for Saturday 27 March 2021 which will be held online.