Here are some tips from previous candidates
Know your stuff: Find out what students care about
and learn more about the issues facing the students you hope to
represent. Support your arguments with some kind of evidence.
Get some support: Get your friends involved and ask
them to help you, particularly during the voting period.
Make a plan: Make sure both you and your supporters
know what you want to achieve and how you are going to do it.
Promote yourself: Think carefully about how to
communicate with students and promote yourself. Decide how you are
going to get your message out. Consider use of Social Media, lecture
shout outs, emails to specific groups of students, perhaps posters or
flyers if you are participating in a cross campus election.
Know the voting system: Even if students tell you
they are voting for another candidate – ask them to give you their
second vote! The Single Transferable Voting system (STV) asks voters
to give an order of preference. You should be asking all students to
keep you in mind for their 1st, 2nd, 3rd choice of candidates!
Make sure students are voting: Remember to vote for
yourself and make sure ALL your friends have actually voted.
Keep momentum going and keep motivated: Although the
voting period is relatively short, it can be hard work. Keep
contacting and speaking with students. Every vote will count. Cross
campus election turnouts are pretty high, but elections for Course
Reps, Senior Rep and some Part-time Officer roles are limited to the
students they will represent. Don’t give up – every vote will matter!
Ask for help: If you need any support during the
voting period, don’t hesitate to contact RUSU staff who will be more
than happy to help. Email our elections team at
firstname.lastname@example.org to find
a time to discuss it further.
Say thanks: Thank your friends for their time and
make your supporters feel appreciated.