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  • Election Timeline: Training, events and key dates
    • 13 Jan 2020 - Nominations open (09:00)
    • 30 Jan 2020 - Nominations close (16:00)
    • 31 Jan 2020 - Candidate Briefing (FTO) (17:30-19:30)
    • 3 Feb 2020 - Candidate Briefing (PTO) (09:30-12:30)
    • 7 Feb 2020 - Manifesto submission open (TBC)
    • 12 Feb 2020 - Manifesto submission close (16:00)
    • 18 Feb 2020 - Voting opens (09:00)
    • 20 Feb 2020 - Voting closes (16:00)
    • 21 Feb 2020 – Results (18:00-21:00)
  • Election Events

    Mon 3rd February

    Candidate Briefing [Drop in]
    9:30am - 12:30pm
    DH1, Devonshire House
    Drop-in session for candidate briefing for part-time officer and rep candidates. Please drop by any time to go over the information you need to know at your own pace.
    The Trustee Manifesto
    4pm - 5pm
    Forum Seminar Room 02
    A Manifesto planning seminar for the Trustee role - it is strongly advised that Student Trustee and Officer Trustee candidates attend this session.

    Tue 4th February

    Guild Strategy Seminar
    3pm - 4pm
    DH2 Conference Room
    A session from Joff Cooke (Chief Executive Officer of the Students' Guild) to introduce the Guild strategy for the future, to help ensure that your manifesto promises are achievable!

    Wed 5th February

    Election Candidate Photography
    9am - 7pm
    Project & Meeting Room, Top Floor, Devonshire House
    All day drop-by session for candidate photography. All candidates are welcome to have a current quality photo taken for their manifesto.
    Education Strategy Seminar
    11:30am - 12:30pm
    Forum Seminar Room 05
    An introduction to the Education Strategy from the University. This session will help candidates work out where institutional priorities are, and develop manifesto points which address those.

    Thu 6th February

    The Representative Manifesto
    10:30am - 11:30am
    Forum Seminar Room 09
    A seminar on the manifesto commitments made by a representative of students. This seminar is strongly advised for all candidates except Student Trustees as all Officer and Rep posts are representative roles.
    The Activist Manifesto
    2:30pm - 3:30pm
    Building:One Syndicate Room B
    This seminar will cover the manifesto points relating to being and supporting student activism. It is strongly advised to all full-time Officers and to part-time Officers whose roles involves the support of additional students or campaigns.

    Fri 7th February

    The Minister's Manifesto
    3:30pm - 4:30pm
    Forum Seminar Room 03
    This seminar will focus on the manifesto points around the role and how you frame doing the job you are trying to be elected for. This is strongly advised for all Officer candidates.

    Mon 10th February

    Election Campaigns - Public Speaking
    9:30am - 10:30am
    Forum Seminar Room 09
    Candidate training for public speaking in campaigns - speaking in debates or speeches plus talking to people face-to-face. Recommended for all candidates.
    Election Campaigns - Digital Campaigns
    3:30pm - 4:30pm
    Forum Seminar Room 02
    Candidate training for digital campaigns - making the most of social media and interacting with prospective voters online. Recommended for all candidates.

    Tue 11th February

    Election Campaigns - Digital Campaigns
    9:30am - 10:30am
    Building:One Marchant Syndicate Room A
    Candidate training for digital campaigns - making the most of social media and interacting with prospective voters online. Recommended for all candidates.
    Election Campaigns - Public Speaking
    3:30pm - 4:30pm
    Peter Chalk 2.4
    Candidate training for public speaking in campaigns - speaking in debates or speeches plus talking to people face-to-face. Recommended for all candidates.

    Wed 12th February

    Election Campaigns - EDI in elections
    2:30pm - 4pm
    Forum Exploration Lab 2
    Candidate training in Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity. Includes the opportunity to talk directly to equality panels across a range of characteristics and help you to understand the importance of a campaign focussed on diverse engagement.

    Thu 13th February

    Election Campaigns - Public Speaking
    9:30am - 10:30am
    Forum Seminar Room 04
    Candidate training for public speaking in campaigns - speaking in debates or speeches plus talking to people face-to-face. Recommended for all candidates.
    Election Campaigns - Digital Campaigns
    3:30pm - 4:30pm
    Forum Seminar Room 06
    Candidate training for digital campaigns - making the most of social media and interacting with prospective voters online. Recommended for all candidates.

    Mon 17th February

    Election Hustings: Activities and Athletic Union
    5:30pm - 7pm
    Cabaret space, Kay House, Duryard
    The candidate hustings for Vice-President Activities and Athletic Union President in the 2020 Guild elections. Event will be live-streamed and questions will be taken by social media.

    Tue 18th February

    Vote now for next year's student leaders!
    18th February 9am - 20th February 4pm
    Don't lose the opportunity to have your say on who should lead the Guild next year - your student leaders are elected by you and that gives you a chance to get the best team possible!
    Election Hustings: Postgraduate and Education
    5:30pm - 7pm
    Cabaret space, Kay House, Duryard
    The candidate hustings for Vice-President Postgraduate and Vice-President Education in the 2020 Guild elections. Event will be live-streamed and questions will be taken by social media.

    Wed 19th February

    Election Hustings: Welfare and Diversity and Guild President
    5:30pm - 7pm
    Jukebox, Kay House, Duryard
    The candidate hustings for Vice-President Welfare & Diversity and Guild President in the 2020 Guild elections. Event will be live-streamed and questions will be taken by social media.
  • Top tips for success

    Run for the right reasons

    Your campaign should be focussed around wanting to make real positive change. Voters won’t connect with you on a personal level if they feel you are being too negative.

    Know how many votes you need to win

    Your campaign needs to reach as many students as possible – remember, you’re competing against other students so your campaign needs to be as effective, engaging and creative as possible!

    Don’t be afraid of asking

    To win you’ll need students to vote for you, and they’ll need a reason to do that. Don’t be afraid to ask them if they know about the election or whether they’ve voted yet – a quick chat can go a long way!

    Budget to win

    Look at what past campaigns have done, and think about the costs of social media, posters and flyers as well as more innovative and creative techniques. Think about what you’re actually going to achieve by doing certain things, and if it’s expensive, work out whether it’s worth the cost.

    Listen more than you talk

    To connect with voters you’ll need to understand their personal concerns. Listen before you talk, empathise with the person you’re talking to and ask their opinion on solutions rather than immediately suggesting your own. Voters want someone they can relate to and will work for their benefit.

    It’s about the voters

    Every elected officer and rep is a student leader whose main role is to represent all students, their opinions, needs and ambitions. To engage students to vote for you there needs to be a connection between what you are promising and what they want.

    Embrace diversity

    The more diverse your voter base the more likely it is you can win. If you focus on one demographic only then you’re limiting the number of people who will vote for you. University is really diverse – don’t ignore voters!

    Motivate, don’t Educate

    Although this is University, there’s times to learn and times to be yourself. Motivate students to vote for you for their own reasons rather than trying to educate them about issues they may never have encountered and have no personal opinion on. You won’t have much time to convince voters, so try to make the best use of your time as possible.

    Pictures speak a thousand words

    Pictures are far more powerful than words. Images tell the story and the best need no caption. The only thing stronger than images are face-to-face contact and direct engagement in your campaign.

  • Printing

    The Guild Print room can fulfil most of your election printing needs, and can provide flyer and poster printing with a fast turn-around time.

    In order to get printing done for an election, provided that you are a candidate for a part-time role in the election or you have registered a campaigner to collect printing on your behalf then your printing will be done on account and you will not have to spend money directly.

    • You'll need to remember your student card when you collect print work!
    • You cannot use this service for essays or other work; only election printing.
    • You may not exceed your budget.

    Candidates for full-time posts are under a separate payment scheme, and so don't get an account with the Print Room.

    Visit the Print Room website

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