Sabbatical Elections 2019

Training and Campaign Guidance

Accessing Training

As a candidate, you'll be asked to book on to a mandatory One-to-One during the Standing process. When you Stand for election, you'll be asked to select a time slot to come and see the Elections Team at SU City. The One-to-One will go through elections training, campaigning, rules, your budget, and ballot photography.

You'll also be invited to a Candidate Briefing.

For a comprehensive list of questions and answers relating to the elections, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Candidate Briefing

All Candidates are invited to a Briefing on Friday 15 March, at 5pm in the Venue, SU City. The Candidate Briefing will cover topics such as building rapport with students, going out and talking, ethics, and is your chance to meet other candidates and ask questions.

Campaign Guidance

We'll go through Campaign Guidance in more detail during your One-to-One.

Budget

Your budget for your campaign is £30.Guidance for your budget can be found on the Expenses Form. Going over your budget is a breach of the Election Principles.

Key Dates

  • Standing Deadline: 8 Mar 2019, 17:00
  • Manifesto Deadline: 11 Mar 2019, 15:00
  • Banner Making: 15 Mar 2019, 10:00-17:00, Venue (MD062)
  • Candidate Briefing: 15 Mar 2019, 17:00-18:00
  • Voting Opens: 18 Mar 2019, 09:00
  • Community Debate: Mon 18 Mar 2019, 17:30-19:00, SU Lounge (MD067)
  • Diversity Debate: Tue 19 Mar 2019, 17:30-19:00, SU Lounge (MD067)
  • Academic Debate: Wed 20 Mar 2019, 17:30-19:00, SU Lounge (MD067)
  • Union Affairs Debate: Thu 21 Mar 2019, 17:30-19:00, SU Lounge (MD067)
  • Voting Closes: 22 Mar 2019, 17:00
  • Results: 22 Mar 2019, 20:00

There will be breakfast briefings at 08:30 each day during voting, as well as candidate question times - we'll email candidates details.

Manifesto

Your manifesto is where you start your message, which is used to craft the rest of your campaign. Your manifesto says what you will do, but your campaign also needs to be about you, who you are and what qualities you bring. You've written (or drafted) a manifesto to get to your One-to-One, so won't labour this point. 

If you do not win the election, but get over 333 votes, you can select which of your Manifesto Promises you'd like the Students' Union to take forward and implement.

Publicity

Any type of publicity for the elections, whether that is physical, digital, or social media, needs to have the SU logo (or mention the Students' Union elections) and the position you are running for.

You can use the following logos for your publicity:

We'll also provide you links to both your manifesto and your ballot.

Printing

The Students' Union will not pay for printing, but it will come out of your budget (and therefore will have to go through the expenses form). 

Please provide a receipt for all printing. Posters can take a significant amount of time to put up, and are often taken down; make sure you seek permission from Reception and/or Building Managers before you put up posters.

Flyers are also a passive way of campaigning. If used, they should be given at the end of a positive conversation, to be a prompt for voting. It might be worth thinking of using flyers accompanied with a give-away or in some sort of game mechanic.

Social Media

Social media can be an important tool reaching students you could not typically reach physically. Remember the bulk of our students are do not live on campus, and either are commuter students or live in the area. They may not come on to any of the campuses when you are. 

If you are spending money to promoting yourself on social media, be sure you are targeting students who attend the University of Wolverhampton. If you're not sure, don't spend money - it will come out of your budget.

Stash

Campaign stash (t-shirts, jumpers, sashes, etc.) can be expensive, especially if you get custom printed items. Try and find cheaper alternatives as all stash you have must be included in your budget. 

If you have costumes or other items that will not be "used up" during your campaign and/or are not bought specifically for the election (see Budget), these do not come out of your budget.

Stunts and Give-aways

The most important factor during campaigning is to be fun and engaging. A student is more likely to take notice and engage with you if you are providing an engaging activity. 

Stunts and/or performances are primarily used to get attention and to spread your messages. Give-aways can be used to give to students after a conversation with you, or after engaging in an activity with you. Both are mechanics that can be deployed to ensure students pay attention, stay engaged, and leave you with an experience that leads them to vote for you. 

If giving away food, do not give out food that is unwrapped for hygiene reasons. Food should be individually wrapped. 

If you are cooking/baking any food to give away, this will need to be risk assessed, as will any stunts and performances you plan to do. This is to protect you and others. We've put together some sample risk assessment forms for you to use and modify to suit your campaign activities.

Please email completed forms to elections@wolvesunion.org.

Sample Risk Assessments:

Complaints

Complaining takes up your time when you could be campaigning: Stop Complaining; Start Campaigning.

Things do not need to be drawn to the DROs attention unless they're in breach of the Election Principles.

If you want to bring an election grievance, use the Grievance Form.

This form will require evidence. All grievances will be investigated in line with the Election Principles.

Running a Campaign

It helps to keep a log of what you are doing to campaign, which is useful to reflect upon through the election. This helps show what you've done, both to us, yourself, and can be used to evidence what you've done during an election campaign during job applications and career progression.

Think about building your team and a support network. Consider what their strengths and limitations are - as well as your own - and utilise them in different areas of your campaign. Think about when you'll need breaks, especially if you're campaigning alone, and how others around you can support you in what you're doing. Tell those around you you're running. 

Election campaigns are more than speaking to those in your social circles - you need to communicate with many, many different students. Consider how you interact with students you aren't familiar with, and students who are not like you. 

Guidance is also available on the FAQ/Campaigning page

Blank Candidate Campaign Log:

Any other questions?

Candidates can look at the Frequently Asked Questions page for specific information and campaign tips.

Key contacts for the 2019 Sabbatical Election

  • Wellbeing Support - Heather Lomax
  • Campaigns and Training Support - Marie Dodd
  • Campaigns and General Support - Jen Cotter
  • Election Principles, Grievances, and everything else - Adam Southall

If unsure, just ask the DRO (Adam Southall) through the Ask us form


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