Running for Election
Running for election might seem scary or intimidating, but you shouldn’t be worried about it! It’s an exciting chance to talk about the issues you think are important in Cambridge, meet students, and convince them that you’re the best person for the role.
CUSU holds a briefing for all candidates before campaigning kicks off to give you some top tips and to make sure you know all of the different election rules. All candidates also have a designated CUSU staff member as an ‘election buddy’ – they will be there to support you during the election, answer your questions and help with any problems you might encounter.
There are loads of different ways of campaigning in the elections, so get creative! Some of the most common campaigning techniques include flyering on lecture sites, visiting different colleges at busy times and campaigning on social media campaigning. There are some restrictions on campaigning (no stickers, no fly-posting) but all of the rules will be explained in full at the candidates briefing.
Campaigning for the Lent Elections will open on Thursday 27th February at 9am. While you can’t publicly announce your candidacy before then, you can talk to friends and get them to help you prepare for your campaign. It’s a good idea to get your friends involved with your campaign – they can be a great source of help and support during the election.
If you have any questions about what running for election involves, feel free to get in contact with any of the CUSU or GU Sabbatical Officers.
Once nominations open you will need to submit a nomination form. This asks for:
- Your name
- Position your standing for
- Plain text version of your manifesto
For your nomination to be complete, you must send a plain text (and designed A4 PDF) manifesto to the Elections Committee before the nominations deadline. A manifesto must not exceed one side of A4.
Writing a manifesto
How you write your manifesto is up to you, however it should be clear and accessible to all. In this you will want to give an oversight into the things you want to achieve in the role and why you think you'd be great if you secured the role.
See the grid below for previous manifesto's:
|CUSU President||Education Officer||Access & Funding Officer||Women's Officer||Disabled Students' Officer||Ethical Affairs Officer||CUSU/GU Welfare & Rights Officer||GU President||University Councillor|
|2016-17||2016-17||2016-17||2016-17||2016-17||2016-17 1 & 2||2016-17||2016-17||2016-17|