Election Resources

This page is crammed full of resources to help you make sense of the elections process, as well as information on how to launch your own candidancy. Check out the Student Elections timeline, submit a question to the team, sign up for an information session, or browse our tips and common FAQs.

Officer Info Sessions

Our current Sabbatical Officers are running individual Zoom sessions (between 25th - 28th Jan) to talk about their roles, give any advice & insight they have around campaigning in the Elections, and answer any questions you may have. You can sign up below.

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Book a 1-1

If you would like to talk to a member of our Elections team about anything, you can book yourself a 1-1 talk now via Zoom. From campaigning, election rules, manifestos, to the overall process, were on hand to help in any way we can. Sign up for a session now. 

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Common FAQs

"I'm not sure if I'll nominate because I don't think I'll win"

If you think this, then this should NOT be a reason not to run - have faith in yourself. This goes through the mind of almost everyone running in the elections every year and the only way you'll ever know if you'll win is by actually running. Every year the results are so hard to call and you'll have a higher chance of winning than you think you do. So we say if you want it, go for it.

"Do I need have experience to run?"

Not at all. No experience is necessary, nor will it determine the outcome of the Student Elections. All you need is passion and a good plan of how to engage with students over the Elections period. If you feel like you'd like to talk to the current Officers about their roles to feel more comfortable about running, you are more than welcome to. You can use the question submission form on this page.

"How do I write a manifesto?"

Your manifesto is a public declaration of what you aim to do if you are successful in the Student Elections. We recommend making a list of 3 to 5 main aims you want to achieve and then go back and add a sentence or two under each giving a bit more information. Don't overthink or overcomplicate. You are more than welcome to contact the current Officers, come along to one of our information sessions, or check out the manifesto-writing tips on this page.

"What's the difference between the roles? Are they paid?"

There are two types of roles you can apply for. The first type of role is as a paid Sabbatical Officer, where you will be working full time to make the changes you and the students body want to see. You can nominate yourself for this role as a final year student, looking for a role after you complete your studies, or if you take a year out of your studies. The second type of role is a Liberation Officer or NUSU Chair role. These are voluntary roles that allow you can complet while you are still studying. The Liberation Officer roles are there to represent marginalised student groups and often you need to be from the same background as the students you would like to represent. The NUSU Chair roles are there to support NUSU's democratic processes.


Election Rules

To ensure the NUSU Student Elections are free and fair, they are goverened by a series of rules and regulations, which you can find here. All candidates should be familiar with the rules and regulations and we will go through these at Candidates' Academy. However, if you had a question or wanted to know more before then, feel free to use the Question Submission on this page, or organise one of the one-to-one drop-ins with a member of NUSU staff.

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Publicity & Budgets

This year all your Student Election campaigning will need to be online. Find out what you need to submit to have your publicity approved and what budgets are available to support your campaign.

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Manifesto Help

Below is a helpful guide and some example nominations that might inspire you when writing your manifesto. If you need any futher help with your manifesto, feel free to ask for advice from one of our current Officers by using this form.

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Campaign Videos

Get inspired, but stay safe. You can head to our YouTube playlist below and check out all of last year's videos for some inspiration.

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IMPORTANT: Please be aware of copyright music as this may cause your video to become blocked or muted from social media (most notably facebook) and YouTube. Please ensure that you research your music choice and guidance around using copyrighted music.


Digital Campaign Tips

NUSU's Digital Team have put together some advice and tips about building and launching your campaign on a digital platform. This includes some handy tips on your creative design work, as well as advice around filming your video.

Need to ask a question about your digital campaign, then drop them a message.

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    Nominations Close

    4th February 2021, midday

    You must submit a formal nomination to run in the Student Elections for one of our positions. Your nomination will not go public until after nominations close on 4th February.


    Manifesto Deadline

    4th February 2021, midday

    Now that you have nominated yourself, you must now submit your manifesto. For help on writing your manifesto, you can contact us, come along to an information session, or check out the manifesto-writing resources on this page. Alongside your manifesto, you will need to submit your official candidate photograph as well as short candidate blurb to be used across NUSU promotions for the election.

    Submit Manifesto & Photo

    Candidates' Academy

    Dates: 5th February & 10th February

    All candidates must attend one of these academy sessions for advice and hints and tips before running in the Student Election. We will cover the essential training, including the rules, effective campaigning and key events and dates. We will contact all candidates about Candidates’ Academy after you have submitted your nomination.

    Alternatively, you can find the details here:

    1. Option 1: Friday 5 February, 10-12 noon (Zoom link).
    2. Option 2: Wednesday 10 February, 1-3 pm (Zoom link).

    You do not need to register for a session. Please just attend one. If you cannot make either session of Candidates Academy, please get in touch with the elections team and alternative arrangements will be made.


    Campaign Video Submission

    17th February 2021, midday

    If you choose to create a campaign video to endorse yourself and would like it promoted to students as part of NUSU's Student Elections promotions (emails, social media & YouTube), you have until this date to submit your video.

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    Online Publicity Deadline

    24th February 2021, 10am

    All candidates are permitted to use publicity to support their election campaign. To do so, every candidate must fill in a Online Publicity Form. This should outline any paid online promotion you wish to use during your campaign. For these elections, there will be no printed publicity (printed flyers and posters)and all campaigning will need to take place online.

    The Online Publicity Form will be emailed to candidates after Candiates' Academy.


    Voting Week

    1st March, midday - 4th March, midday

    This is when students will be asked to vote for their preferred candidates. At the start of the week there will be Candidates' Quation time where candidates will be asked to answer students' questions. Then following the close of voting at midday on 4th March, the results will be announced as soon as they can be following the end of the complaints and appeals process.