Are you interested in getting involved in this year's elections? Well, congratulations on taking your first step to become a full-time or part-time officer at Roehampton Students' Union.
We know that putting yourself forward for this can be daunting, but it is an amazing opportunity to develop skills that will benefit you when you eventually leave university.
Our team are on hand to support you the whole way and the information below will help to guide you on this journey. so, are you ready?
Election Rules & Guidelines:
To ensure that the election is free and fair, there a few rules & regulation everyone should adhere to; To read the Rules & Regulations
Standing Orders - Elections and Campaigns
Further Guidance - Please click on the links below
Endorsement Guidance for all Societies & Sports Clubs
Candidate Pack - We've put together a Candidate Pack, that outlines everything you need to know about the RSU Elections 2024, including information on the roles available; key dates; election rules and more.
RSU Members Manifesto - All candidates are encouraged to use this when preparing their manifesto and campaigning
Pre-term Agreement - All Sabbatical candidates should read this agreement and attend a pre-term meet booked through Elections@roehampton.ac.uk
Below are the key dates you need to be aware of during the election period.
- January 22nd, 10:00 - Nominations Open
- February 29th, 10:00 - Nominations Close
- March 4th, 17:00 - Candidate Briefing (DB.220)
- March 7th, 16:30 - Candidate Question Time (CQT) (Sir David Bell Atrium, DB.041A)
- March 11th, 10:00 - Voting Opens
- March 11th-15th, 10:15 - Candidate Breakfast (RSU Reception)
- March 15th, 10:00 - Voting Closes
- March 15th, from 17:00 - Results
For further support, we have a number of training and opportunities for you to ask for help:
Building Your Campaign
Now that you've submitted your nomination and your manifesto, it's time to start putting your campaign together. Campaigning is how you interact with voters (e.g. all the students of Roehampton) and how you convince them to vote for you!
We've seen some brilliant examples of campaigning in the past and everyone has a different style. Below we've put together some tips on how you can run a successful campaign.
Understanding Your Campaign - Your campaign should follow the five W's;
- Who are you?
- What are you running for?
- Why should someone vote for you?
- When can they do this?
- Where can they do this?
Make a Poster/Leaflet - The best way to start is by designing a poster or leaflet that highlights your manifesto points, who you are and how people can vote for you. A good way to do this is through www.canva.com which has a host of ideas and free templates available to you. Be sure to check the rules and regulations,further down on this webpage, around printed materials and campaign spending.
Go Speak to Students - It may seem obvious, but just going up and speaking to people is a great way to get your name out there. Try not to interrupt people, but head over to introduce yourself to someone on their lunch break and ask if they'd be interested in hearing about your manifesto. Don't forget to give them one of your leaflets! If you'd like to have some data on current student issues, you can read through our Members' Manifesto here.
Make Use of YOUR Social Media - A great way of campaigning is to use your social media to let people know you're running and what you stand for. Don't create a new account as people who don't follow it won't see your amazing ideas. Use your own social media channels and tell people about your campaign. You can create great graphics using www.canva.com.
Make a Campaign Video - Another great way of using social media is to make a campaign video. It doesn't have to be the next Avengers film! it just needs to be you speaking to the camera about the five W's we mentioned above!
Have a Catchy Slogan - An effective slogan is short and to the point! Don't overcomplicate it.
'Can I Be Your Second Choice?' - We use SVT (Single Transferrable Voting). The truth is not everyone is going to vote for you. Some people may already be supporting their friends and you won't be able to change that. However, the benefit of SVT means that you can still potentially be their second choice. When speaking to someone, kindly ask that "if I'm not your first choice, please consider me for your second or third choice". The final count can change drastically as votes are redistributed to second and third choices.
Remember to Have Fun! - These elections are an opportunity for you to put yourself out there, try something new and push to enact real change at Roehampton, but don't forget to keep a smile on your face and have fun with your campaign!
Want to upskill yourself? Take part in this online campaigning training by clicking this link.