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Key Dates:

March 2019 Election Key Dates:
Nominations open: 28 January 9:00am
Nominations close: 28 February 11:59pm
Campaigning starts: 11 March 9am
Voting opens: 12 March 9am
Voting closes: 14 March 9pm
Results: 15 March onwards

+ 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 starts on 11 March 9am.

Candidate checklist: this checklist will help you keep track of the key steps in the elections process and when things are due - please do not worry about these dates if you are standing for the Chair of the Disabled Students Network or the Faculty rep for PGR Life Science. 

Campaign plan: this plan must be completed and returned before campaigning starts. The information in this will be used in our coverage of the elections and it helps us know who is in your campaign teams.

Expense form: this form must be filled out and returned with all your receipts by 10am Friday 15th March.


 

Candidate Academy:

Useful information for the following roles: Full Time Officers, Chairs of Networks, Faculty Reps and Student Trustees only.

Rules Session - compulsory session on the rules and how elections work.

Manifesto Writing - this session will explore research and what you should include in a manifesto to engage with the voters.

Effective Campaigning - this session 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.
 

Manifestos: 

Manifesto deadline is midday Wednesday 6 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 only 

This support is for course reps only. If you are standing for any other role please see the rules above. 

Manifestos:

All manifestos for course rep roles must be submitted as part of your nomination by the nomination deadline - 28 February 11:59pm. 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, 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.