There are two Convocation Elections - the election of Chancellor of the National University of Ireland and the election of eight members of the NUI.
Convocation consists of the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, the Members of Senate, the Professors and Lecturers and the Graduates of the University. The relevant university statutes were revised in 1989 to the effect that any member of Convocation who wishes to vote in a Convocation election must apply for a voting paper in writing. (At the time of election, forms are made available to facilitate graduates who may wish to apply for a vote.)
Information regarding Meetings of Convocation and Officers of Convocation may be found at www.nuiconvocation.ie.
Election of the NUI Chancellor
The Chancellor is the Chief Officer of the NUI. Candidates for this office must be NUI graduates and must be nominated as provided by the University Statutes. The election of a Chancellor takes place when a vacancy occurs, in the event of the resignation, retirement or death of the incumbent. In the event that there is more than one nomination, all members of Convocation are entitled to vote, but must apply in writing to NUI for their ballot at the time of election.
Election Of Eight Members Of NUI Senate
The election of eight members of the NUI Senate takes place every five years. Of these members four must be men and four must be women. In the event that the number of nominations exceeds the number of vacancies, ballot papers are available to all members of Convocation at the time of election, but must be applied for in writing from NUI.
In accordance with the provisions of the University Statutes, the NUI is obliged to maintain a register of all graduates of the university - the Convocation Register. As all graduates are automatically registered, there is no special registration procedure.