How to write your manifesto

Your manifesto is a 250 word statement which tells people who you are, what you hope to achieve whilst in the role and why people should vote for you.

Getting started writing your manifesto

  • Tell people a bit about yourself
  • Try to get your enthusiasm and commitment for the role across
  • Be aware of who your voters are. Students are a diverse range of people, from different backgrounds and cultures, studying at different levels. Try to reach out to those students who you want to vote for you!
  • Write in a way that students will understand and be clear and concise
  • Ask students what they want to change as this can help you to develop what you hope to achieve
  • Consider if what you want to achieve is realistic and achievable
  • Try to be creative!
  • Check that you haven't exceeded the 250 word limit - if you have, your words will be cut off at 250.

Manifesto Summary

(Only for candidates standing in the Main Elections 2019)

If you are standing in the Main Elections 2019 (these take place in the Spring term 2019), you will need to also write another 50 words to summarise your manifesto.

The 50 word summary will be included in the RUSU Candidates' Voting Booklet which is widely distributed to voters on campus . This summary should be written in 3 bullet points.

  • Your summary should be written underneath your manifesto in the same box
  • Use 3 bullet points and short, concise sentences
  • Check that you haven't exceeded the 50 word limit - if you have, your words will be cut off at 50.

How to upload onto your elections profile

  1. If you haven't already, nominate yourself online.
  2. To upload your manifesto, click on Manifesto and upload your 250 words.
  3. If you are standing in the Main Elections 2018, don't forget to write your 50 word summary in 3 bullet point format underneath your manifesto!
  4. Your manifesto must be submitted no later than the published deadline.

Any problems

If you experience any problems or have any questions regarding this, please email elections@rusu.co.uk before the deadline.

Still not sure about how to write or upload your manifesto?

Pop into the ARC in the RUSU building (where Reception is) and ask to speak with an Officer about your manifesto. Alternatively, email elections@rusu.co.uk and ask if you can arrange to talk to an Officer about your manifesto.

Example Manifesto

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