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Key Dates:

March 2021 Elections Key Dates:

Nominations open: 1st February 9am
Nominations close: 25 February 9pm
Voting opens: 9th March 9am
Voting closes: 11th March 9pm
Results: 12th March onwards

Candidate Academy

Come along to a candidate academy session, whether you're definitely running in the elections or just interested to learn a bit more. These sessions will cover manifesto writing, campaigning and social media tactics. 

Topic: Candidate Academy #4

Time: Tuesday 23rd February (11:30am-1pm) - link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82884727052

One to One Drop Ins

Fill out this form if you would like to book a one to one slot with a staff member to find out more about elections or discuss manifesto writing and campaigning:

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+ Support for Full Time Officers, Chairs of Networks, Faculty Reps and Student Trustees only.

This support is for the following roles: Full Time Officers, Chairs of Networks, Faculty Reps and Student Trustees only.

Key documents:

Rules: you must read, sign and return the code of conduct before any campaigning. There should be no campaigning before campaigning/voting starts on 9th March at 9am.

Candidate checklist:  to be emailed when you stand.

Campaign plan: to be emailed when you stand.

Expense form: this form must be filled out and returned with all your receipts by 10am Friday 12th March - it is only for those standing for the roles above and not anyone standing to be a course rep.


 

Candidate Academy:

Come along to a candidate academy session, whether you're definitely running in the elections or just interested to learn a bit more. These sessions will cover manifesto writing, campaigning and social media tactics.

Topic: Candidate Academy #4

Time: Tuesday 23rd February (11:30am-1pm) - link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82884727052

Further Support:

The elections team are always happy to meet with potential candidates to talk through anything - just pop us an email.
 

Manifestos: 

Manifesto deadline is midday Wednesday 3rd March for these roles. Manifestos need to be purely text but you can link out to a PDF, Video etc, you just can't have anything but text within the Union webpage. After you put your nomination in you can go back and edit it until the manifesto deadline.

Example manifestos:

Manifestos of all elected FTO candidates 2017
Manifestos of all elected Chairs of Networks 2018

Previous years
2016 (please note that images are not allowed in manifestos this year)
Jamie Cross, Union Affairs Officer
Laura Ho, Postgraduate Education Officer 
Hannah Dualeh, Equality, Liberation and Access Officer 
John House, Sport and Student Development Officer
Stephen Le Fanu, Student Living Officer 
Zoe Backhouse, Undergraduate Education Officer 

Manifestos of all elected FTO candidates 2015/16
Manifestos of all elected FTO candidates 2014/15

Manifestos need to be purely text but you can link out to a PDF, Video etc, you just can't have anything but text within the Union webpage.

 

+ Support for Course Reps, Hall Reps, Democratic Standards Committee and Network Committees only 

This support is for roles above. If you are unsure please email bristolsu-elections@bristol.ac.uk  

Manifestos:

All manifestos for these roles must be submitted as part of your nomination by the nomination deadline - 25th February 9pm. The word limit for is 300 words.

Manifestos must be written in plain text, but you can include links out to a PDF, videos etc.

 

Top tips for manifestos:

  • Tell people who you are, and what relevant experience, knowledge or skills you have
  • Share what you stand for, what you want to change, and why you would make a good course / hall / other rep
  • Be concise and use clear language
  • Talk to previous reps to see what they wrote in their manifestos, or what they wanted to change
  • Be creative and inspiring - get your personality across and be relatable - you could create a theme or use a catchy strapline
  • Focus on you in your manifesto, not any opponent(s). Negative campaigns tend to attract fewer votes
  • Ask a friend or family member to proof read

 

Top tips for campaigning to get votes:

  • Talk to those on your course, hall, or in your year about what they want to see improve
  • Do lecture shout outs
  • Make the most of social media - change your profile picture, post in groups, branch out into different platforms
  • Put a line at the end of your emails with the voting link

 

The elections team are always happy to meet with potential candidates to talk through anything - just pop us an email.