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Candidate tips & Guidance


Full time Officers:

Attend meetings:
  • Represent students by sitting on committees and meetings where decisions are being made
  • Are members of the Trustee Board of the RSU – the governance of the organisation
Champion the RSU:
  • Promote equality and diversity, and champion the vision, strategy and policies of the union.
  • Develop relationships and networks with university colleagues, NUS offcers and other students’ unions
Engage with students:
  • Respond and signpost students who require academic and / or wellbeing related support.
  • Actively seek to identify methods to increase student engagement, leadership and participation
  • Support elected part-time offcers and student representatives to plan and deliver campaigns and student representation
  • Attend selected RSU events in the capacity of duty manager, responsible for representing students
Communicate with students:
  • Actively seek to collect feedback from students
  • Provide regular updates to students through Students’ Union Council and on social media
…And they work on their own campaigns!

Part Time Officers

Attend meetings:
  • Students’ Union Council every month (2h meeting)
  • Relevant University Committees and meetings with University staff
  • Meetings with the RSU staff (e.g. when planning events or campaigns)
Organise meetings / events
  • Meet students in a formal or informal setting at least once a term
  • Organise one event with the RSU support
Run a Campaign:
  • Plan and organise one campaign with the RSU support
Collect and report Feedback:
  • Collect feedback from students and report back to the RSU once a term
  • Update the student body about feedback outcomes

Take time to decide what you want to run for! You won't be able to change your nomination after nominations have closed.

 Here are some tips that might help you plan your campaign:

  • Speaking to people in person
  • Using social media – video & images
  • Get your friends involved – campaign team gives you leverage
  • Be respectful – some people will be sick of Elections
  • Be personable
  • Lead with your manifesto and your selling points – why should you win?
  • Reach out to people you don’t normally talk to

You manifesto should state what you would plan to do in your time of office, and what changes you would make. Take some time before you write it to think about what you believe you can achieve and what the voters would respond to. Here are some tips to help you write your manifesto:

  • You can talk to the people in the role currently to see what their role is like and read the information relating to that role or speak to the RSU Student Voice Coordinator (you can email to arrange a meeting or come to an Election Workshop or Drop-In).
  • Keep your manifesto relevant to the role and show you know something about what the role entails. 
  • Manifestos must not be more than 500 words long, but this is a limit, not a target. Sometimes shorter manifestos come across clearer, so we advice to keep to the point, and don't waffle.
  • Don't include inappropriate references or bad mouth your opposition.
  • Keep it balanced: don’t be overly modest, you’re trying to sell yourself, but don’t be too boastful either – stay true to yourself!
  • Don’t make untrue or unrealistic claims - you can ask to check with the current officer in post if you manifesto pledges may be realistic.
  • Make sure you spell check what you’ve written.

Student Feedback that representatives have raised with the RSU this year:

These topics are a handful of the most raised items picked from the large amount of feedback we have received. We hope these give you food for thought when planning your manifesto.

Academic matters students would like to see happen:

  • Spreading deadlines & clear guidance on assingments 
  • Increased lecture recordings
  • More affordable, good quality catering with more consideration of dietary requirements
  • More programme specific career guidance
  • Clear and readily available dissertation support

Non-academic matters students have raised:

  • Issues with on and off campus accommodation
  • Engaging more students through variety of activities and events
  • Mental health issues and Councelling Service waiting times
  • Inclusiveness of events and catering more student groups, e.g. commuting, mature, religious groups.


Good Luck and Happy Campaigning!

If you have any questions please email