Writing an Election Manifesto

Before you get started

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. It’s what people will see when they go online to vote. Before you get started:

  • Who are your voters? It’s important to remember that students are a diverse range of people, from different backgrounds and cultures, studying at different levels. Try to reach out to and appeal to those students who you want to vote for you!
  • Have you done your research? Asking students what they want to change can help you develop a manifesto which will create impact in the role. It can also help you get students on side by making sure you’re focused on what they want!
  • Are your goals feasible? All of these roles have many different aspects to them and your manifesto commitments won’t be the only thing you’re working on. Make sure you focus on what’s important so you can get it done. This will help you achieve the biggest impact you can.

How to start writing

You might want to include:

  • A bit about yourself
  • Why you’d be good for the role
  • What you want to achieve in the role

Top tips for writing:

  • Try to get your enthusiasm and commitment for the role across
  • Write in a way that students will understand and be clear and concise
  • 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 – Main RUSU Elections only

If you are standing in the Main RUSU Elections 2019 (these take place in the Spring term), 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 RUSU main elections, 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.

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 for RUSU elections
An example manifesto for RUSU elections