Welcome to the Student Council Elections page

Whether you are here to find out what becoming a regional representative on the Student Council is all about or looking for guidance on how to vote you will find it here. 

As this is the launch of the new Student Council these are the first elections and as such we are looking for representatives for 11 out of the 12 regions of the UK.  

Ben Vickars has been the Student Representative on the College of Paramedics Board since 2019 and will move into the role of Chair of the Student Council. Ben has more recently been joined by Stella Branthonne-Foster as the Alternate Student Representative. Stella will move into the role of Vice-chair and will represent the London region within the Student Council. The College of Paramedics is pleased that Ben and Stella have committed to providing continuity of leadership during the formation of the Student Council.  

The 12 regions of the UK are as follows; Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, North West, North East, Yorkshire, East Midlands, West Midlands, Eastern, London (will be occupied by Stella Branthonne-Foster), South West and South East. Your region is related to the geographical location of your University, to understand which region your University is in download the Student Council Election Guidance for additional information. 


If you would like to apply to become a regional representative, then you should download and read the Student Council Election Guidance   document. This should provide all the information that you need and outlines the application process. We advise you to thoroughly read the Student Council member role description, as your application should take into account the requirements set out in this document. Please do think about all your past experiences and any transferable skills and knowledge that could be useful to you in this role.  

Application for a regional role is via completion of a Microsoft Form, which includes a 500 (max) word supporting statement and a counter-signatory. It is recommended that applicants also submit a photo of themselves. A link to the form and further information can be found in the Student Council Election Guidance .

The College of Paramedics recognises the need and inherent benefit of diversity and inclusion within the organisation and amongst its representatives, is committed to equal opportunities in appointment and employment, and seeks to eliminate unlawful racial, sexual or disability discrimination, to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between all.

The College of Paramedics welcomes and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME people are currently under-represented in our membership and those that represent us directly. 


Click here to see the current candidates for the regional representative roles. 


Voting is available for all student members in the region where a position is contested. All eligible voting members will receive an email from Civica Election Services (CES). If you cannot find the email you should:

  1. Search your inbox for an email from takepart@cesvotes.com with subject: Student Council Election 2020
  2. Email support@cesvotes.com to request a reissue, being sure to mention it’s for the College of Paramedics Student Council Election 2020
  3. Request an automatic reissue via https://secure.cesvotes.com/V3-0-0/contact/forgotcodes.aspx?JMSJobno=m1724_1 For this process, you will need to enter the email address that we have registered to you in our database.
  4. Check that we have the correct email address for you by checking your profile on the profile page. 
  5. If you are still unable to find an email and believe that you should have received one, please contact penny.jones@collegeofparamedics.co.uk

Student members at Medipro or Outreach Rescue Medic Skills are able to choose their most appropriate region. Please contact penny.jones@collegeofparamedics.co.uk for further guidance.

It should be noted that a number of universities use more than one ambulance service for their main clinical placement and these ambulance services may well be in a different Student Council Region than their University. Any student member that receives an email to vote in their university region, that wishes to vote in their placement region instead, can reply to CES and request a new email linking them to the candidates from their preferred region. 


If you are now a qualified paramedic but have still received an email to vote on the Student Council elections, then you need to update your membership details. Once you appear on the HCPC paramedic register it is vital to upgrade to full membership to be eligible for all paramedic member benefits including fitness to practise legal representation and Medical Malpractice insurance to your required level of clinical practice. To upgrade your membership please log into your membership account. If you require assistance please contact membership@collegeofparamedics.co.uk