What do I need to do?
What do I need to do?
To become an Officer, NUS Delegate or Trustee all you need to do is have a big idea, the drive to win and the correct paperwork to be part of it all.
Step 1 - Decisions
The best place to start is to think about which role you want to run for, there quite a few of them all with interesting and diverse remits. Once you’ve starting getting an inkling, start talking to people. Talk to friends, class mates, maybe even past Officers. Talk to everyone. The more people you talk to the more ideas you’ll get and maybe gather the support and volunteers who can help you campaign to get elected.
Step 2 – The Paperwork
Read the elections and referendum schedule which tells you about the Union’s Elections (www.stirlingstudentsunion.com/elections). After you’ve read that, start to fill in this booklet. You will need 30 seconders and a proposer (all fully registered students) to become a candidate and agree to the Officer code of Conduct and the Trustee Pledge (Trustees only).
Step 3 – The Manifesto
Write an manifesto. you need to put forward your plans for the year. Your manifesto can take the shape of a full written document or simply a poster with some key points for change, it’s up to you. All manifestos must have your full name, the Student Union logo, the dates and times of the elections (15th&16th Oct) and how to vote (via the portal).
Step 4 – The Publicity
All candidates get a printing allowance from the Union of £10. This is used to print posters and flyers for your election campaign. The Union provide you with a free design slot with Mailboxes Stirling. To use this you simply phone their office (01786 449 543) and make an appointment.
All of this can go on the Union’s website and the portal where people vote. Make sure you choose which publicity you wish to use or make a specific one for these. With publicity there are certain rules which you must follow and these can be found on page 7 of this booklet.
Once everything is designed, you should hand in with this booklet a printed copy of each of your designs and an electronic copy. We will print them for you.
Step 5 – Hand In
Once you have completed the booklet you need to submit it to the Union Office. The deadline for hand in is Fri the 28th of Sept at 12pm. Be WARNED deadlines are strictly adhered to!
Step 6 – Get Your Face in the Media
On the 1st of Oct in the Union Meeting Room you can drop in and meet the media societies, get interviewed, put your manifesto out here and get you face in Brig.
Step 7 – Meeting the competition
After nominations close you will need to attend a candidates meeting or send a representative. At this meeting you will be confirmed a candidate and can meet your competitors. Then you can launch your full campaign!
The Timetable for Eelctions is as follows:
13/08/12 Elections Announced
10/09/12 Nominations Open 9am – Collect your pack from the Office
18/09/12 Candidate Training 5pm – Union Meeting Room
19/09/12 Candidate Training 2pm – Union Meeting Room
28/09/12 Nominations Close 12pm
01/10/12 Media Day All Day - Union Meeting Room
01/10/12 Candidates Meeting 5pm Union Meeting Room
08/10/12 Publicity Pick Up 11am to 5pm - Union Office
15/10/12 Voting Opens 9:15am
16/10/12 Voting Closes 6:15pm
16/10/12 The Count 7-8pm
Be warned dates and times will be strictly adhered to.