Key Dates:

March Election Key Dates:
Nominations close: 1st March 12:00pm - Midday
Campaigning opens: 12th March 9am
Voting opens: 13th March 9am
Voting closes: 15th March 9pm
Results: 16th March

+ Support for Officer Roles

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

Rules:

Please ensure you download the code of conduct and read the rules clearly before any campaigning:

Code of conduct - The rules that you must sign and return before midday on Wednesday 7th March
 

Useful Resources:

Candidate checklist - This is your tool to help with all the deadlines 

Expense claim form - This expense claim form must be filled out and returned by 10am on Friday 16th March

Campaign plan form - This campaign plan form must be filled out and returned by midday Wednesday 7th March
 

Candidate Academy:

Candidate Academy is to support you to have the best election experience. It is from 2-5pm on Sunday 4th March 2018 at the SU. There are three sessions and the power points for the optional session will be available here by 19th Feb.

Intro to Elections / Rules - 2-3pm - this is a compulsory session that will cover how the election works and the rules you must agree to in order to take part in the election. As this session is compulsory we will repeat it Monday 5th March at 6pm at the SU.

Manifesto Writing - 3-4pm - this is an optional session that will help with writing your manifestos. It will explore research and what you should include in a manifesto to engage with the voters.

Effective Campaigning - 4-5pm - this is an optional session that will help prepare you for campaigning. It will look in to how you can reach many students and have great conversations with them and how to use social media to maximise your campaigning.
 

Further Support:

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

We also hold 121 support sessions in the week after nomination deadline and before campaigning starts to support you. During the voting week we host candidate breakfasts to help you start your day well and offer any support during the week.
 

Manifestos: 

The manifesto deadline for the roles above is midday Wednesday 7th March. 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:

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 
Previous years
Manifestos of all Elected Candidates 2015/16
Manifestos of all Elected 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.

2016 results (Full-time Officers) 
Equality, Liberation and Access Officer
Undergraduate Education Officer
Postgraduate Education Officer
Student Living Officer
Union Affairs Officer
Sport and Student Development Officer

+ Support for Course Rep Roles

This support is for those running for course rep roles only.

Manifestos:

All manifestos must be submitted as part of your nomination by the nomination deadline - midday 1st March. The word limit for is 400 words.

Manifestos must be written in plain text, but you can include links out to a PDFs, 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 rep.
  • Be concise and use clear language
  • Talk to previous course 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 or in your year about what they want to see changed next year
  • 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.