All candidates for full-time roles must complete the nomination form and equality opportunities monitoring form, upload a photo, manifesto and slogan. The manifesto should be provided as text / images and also as 4-page A4 manifesto document.
Tips for a great manifesto:
- Manifestos for full-time posts are usually a bit longer than those for part-time posts.
- The manifesto, including all graphics and images should not be more than 4 A4 pages in length. This usually adds up to a couple of pargraphs of actual text.
- Keep it easy to read and focus on what makes you the perfect person for the role!
- Try not to waste space with obvious statements. (e.g. “It is important that we all get a good education.”
- Focus on your experience as a student and on the things that you would like to change!
- Don't make loads of commitments that you won't be able to follow through with. Remember, the purpose of a manifesto is to convince students that you are knowledgable and can bring about change.
- Make sure that your goals are both inspriational and achievable! Remember, it takes time and energy to achieve things once you are elected to a post!
Manifestos often follow the following structure:
- Outline why you are running (Your motivation)
- Give a brief personal introduction (Example: your course of study, where you are from, Clubs/Societies in which you are involved, any relevant experience)
- Briefly outline some changes you want to make / work on if you are elected
- Remind people to vote for you and when/where they can vote!
If you are looking for manifesto examples, contact the SU Voice team and they can send you some examples from previous election campagins.
The Students’ Union will also print the following election promotional materials for each candidate:
- A3 Posters (Colour) x 30
- A5 Flyers (Colour) x 2500
- T-Shirts (Students' Union provided) x 5
- A0 Posters (Colour) - Printed and used internally by the SU for promotion.
A4 Manifestos will be published on the Students' Union website. We are providing all colour materials to candidates this year.
We use the A0 poster design you provide in our overall election promotion. (i.e. We will print A0 posters and place them where they will be visible to students.)
We are allowing all candidates to submit their election promotional materials after the close of nominations. You must complete the online nomination from by Thu 2 Feb, 5pm. You can submit all your election promotional materials at any point up to Tue 7 Feb, 9am.
It is important that all promotional material is submitted on time. Late submissions will not be accepted.
If you don't think that you will use all the printed materials listed above, tell us and we will print fewer items for you.
Candidates should also be available to attend the Students’ Union for a brief photoshoot on Mon 6 Feb. Each candidate will be allocated a time to attend. These protrait photos will be used by the Students’ Union to promote the elections to students.
The Students' Union is not recording candidate videos this year. Candidates are free to record their own promotional election videos.