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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 13 January

    Nominate yourself for a leadership role...

    13 January 9:00 - 30 January 16:00

    Friday 17 January

    Thinking of becoming an Officer?

    17 January 13:30 - 16:30

    DH1, Devonshire House

    The first of three drop-in sessions where students who are thinking about running in the election for next year's full-time and part-time Officers can get information and assistance to help them decide to become an officer.

    Fri 24 January

    Thinking of becoming an Officer?

    24 January 12:30 - 14:30

    DH1, Devonshire House

    The second of three drop-in sessions where students who are thinking about running in the election for next year's full-time and part-time Officers can get information and assistance to help them decide to become an officer.

    Wed 29 January

    Thinking of becoming an Officer?

    29 January 09:30 - 11:30

    DH1, Devonshire House and G48, South Cloisters

    The final drop-in sessions where students who are thinking about running in the election for next year's full-time and part-time Officers can get information and assistance to help them decide to become an officer.

    Fri 31 January

    Candidate Briefing

    31 January 17:30 - 19:30

    Forum Exploration Lab 2

    The candidate briefing for all candidates for full-time Officer posts in the 2020 elections. This meeting is compulsory for all candidates for AU President, Guild President, VP Activities, VP Education, VP Welfare and Diversity and VP Postgraduate.

    Mon 3 February

    Candidate Briefing [Drop in]

    3 February 09:30 - 12:30

    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

    3 February 16:00 – 17:00

    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

    4 February 15:00 – 16:00

    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 5 February

    Election Candidate Photography

    5 February 09:00 – 19:00

    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

    5 February 11:30 - 12:30

    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 6 February

    The Representative Manifesto

    6 February 10:30 - 11:30

    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

    6 February 14:30 - 15:30

    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 7 February

    The Minister's Manifesto

    7 February 15:30 - 16:30

    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 10 February

    Election Campaigns - Public Speaking

    10 February 09:30 - 10:30

    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.

    LGBTQ+ equality in campaigns

    10 February 10:30 - 11:30

    Forum Seminar Room 09

    Training for LGBTQ+ equality in campaigns and elections.

    Women's Equality in campaigns

    10 February 14:30 - 15:30

    Forum Seminar Room 03

    Training for women's equality in campaigns and elections.

    Election Campaigns - Digital Campaigns

    10 February 15:30 - 16:30

    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

    11 February 09:30 - 10:30

    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.

    Disability Equality in campaigns

    11 February 11:30 - 12:30

    Harrison 171

    Training for disbility equality in campaigns and elections.

    BAME Equality in campaigns

    11 February 13:30 - 14:30

    Forum Seminar Room 07

    Training for BAME equality in campaigns and elections.

    Election Campaigns - Public Speaking

    11 February 15:30 - 16:30

    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 12 February

    Mature and Parent student equality in campaigns

    12 February 10:30 - 11:30

    Forum Seminar Room 02

    Training about mature students and student parents' equality in campaigns and elections.

    International Student equality in campaigns

    12 February 12:30 - 13:30

    Peter Chalk 2.4

    Training for International Students' equality in campaigns and elections.

    Thu 13 February

    Election Campaigns - Public Speaking

    13 February 09:30 - 10:30

    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

    13 February 15:30 - 16:30

    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 17 February

    Election Hustings: Activities and Athletic Union

    17 February 17:30 – 19:00

    To Be Confirmed

    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 18 February

    Vote now for next year's student leaders!

    18 February 9:00 - 20 February 16:00

    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

    18 February 17:30 – 19:00

    To Be Confirmed

    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 19 February

    Election Hustings: Welfare and Diversity and Guild President

    19 February 17:30 – 19:00

    To Be Confirmed

    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.

    Fri 21 February

    Election Results

    21 February 18:00 – 21:00

    To Be Confirmed

    The election results and after-party for candidates and voters. Come along and see who will lead the Students' Guild next year!

  • 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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