What is Question Time?

Candidates Question Time is one of the most exciting and important parts of the elections process. Question Time is a great opportunity for students (AKA the voters!) to find out about you as a candidate and what you intend to do if elected.

There are two different types of Question Time this year: one for Full-Time Officer candidates and another for Part-Time Officer candidates. The Full-Time Officer Question Time event will take place as a live event whereas Part-Time Officer written responses to questions which are published on the RUSU website.

More information about each Question Time event will be given to candidates at the Candidates' Meetings taking place in the Spring Term.

Top tips to prepare for Full-time Candidates Question Time:

  • Ensure that you understand the role that you’re running for and the responsibilities it involves.
  • Be clear about your manifesto aims and what you hope to achieve in post.
  • You will be asked to respond to questions put forward by students in attendance (as well as questions submitted online) alongside the other candidates running in the election.
  • Get some practice in.  Record yourself speaking and listen back – this will help to improve volume and pace. It sounds silly, but this is what the audience will hear on the night.
  • Body language can be really important when public speaking, so try to make sure that yours is open and relaxed.
  • If you’re a nervous public speaker, don’t let this put you off. Many people can get anxious about public speaking. This isn’t unusual and you will surprise yourself on how well you overcome the challenge.  Give it a go!
  • Remember, students are supportive on the night.  Also, ask your campaign team and friends to be there on the night.
  • Come along to our 'Getting Ready for Candidates Question Time' workshop.

Come along to a workshop to prepare for Full-time Officer Candidates Question Time?

If you’d like some more hints, tips and tricks to help you ace Full-time Officer Candidates Question Time, why not pop along to either of our workshops?

Time and date to be confirmed

There is no need to book a space, just come along.  You do not need to prepare anything for these sessions.  Just come along and we will aim to answer any questions you may have.

Top tips to prepare for Part-time Candidates Question Time:

  • Ensure that you fully understand the role that you’re running for and the responsibilities it involves.
  • Be clear about your manifesto aims and what you hope to achieve in post.
  • Only your written responses will be published online so make sure you write clear and concise responses that answer the questions.  
  • Use a spell check - get a friend to check your written responses before your submit!
  • You will have a limited period of time to provide your written response.  Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to do write your responses.
  • Ensure you submit your responses by the published deadline.
  • Come along to the Candidates Meeting to find out more about the Part-time Candidates Question Time process.  If you can't attend, email elections@rusu.co.uk to find out more.


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