Your questions about running for election answered
Running for election to be an Exec Officer doesn’t involve your normal job application process. You’re probably used to updating your CV, attaching a covering letter, hitting the apply button, attending a couple of interviews, and hoping the employer offers you the job. Things work a little differently for the Students' Union Elections so we’ve answered your questions about the process below.
First things first, what happens after I run for election?
Step 1: Put your name down by filling in the form on the website.
Step 2: If you didn't in step 1, submit your manifesto by 15th February.
Step 3: You’ll be contacted by our Elections team and they’ll give you help and guidance before vote opens on 28th February.
Step 4: Campaign and get students to vote for you between 28th February and 7th March.
Step 5: Vote closes on 7th March and election results are announced.
It’s step 2 and 4 that always get people panicking, but don’t let that stop you from striving for your dream role, we can help.
What is a manifesto?
Think of a manifesto as a mix of a covering letter and a CV. Your manifesto should include the following:
- Your ideas and things that you’d want to do if you were elected
- Any endorsements or recommendations from other people who think you’d be good at the role (in other words, references)
- Any examples of things you’ve done to prove that you’d be good at the role (see the ‘experience’ section of your CV)