There are loads of myths that stop people running in the elections - here are a few of them debunked!
I can’t run because I’ve not finished my course yet
The non-executive positions are taken up during studies, as this is a part-time voluntary position. All sessions which you are required to attend will be shared in advance with you and staff are available to support you in your role.
I can’t afford to run a campaign
The Union caps expenditure for campaigns to ensure that all candidates are on a level playing field. For the Autumn Elections, there will be no candidate expenditure.
I don’t think I can take the time of my course
Campaign can be time consuming – the University are aware of the elections and should be accommodating if you wish to take time off to campaign. We would recommend that you should speak to your lecturers and heads of department about running so you can cover any lectures/seminars that you may miss.
I can’t run because I’m an international student
You should be able to extend your visa to cover the full sabbatical term in office. For Non-Executive and NUS Delegate roles, this should not prohibit you from running. The University's International Student Support Team will be able to provide specific details and can be contacted HERE
I don’t have a big campaigns team, so I'll definitely lose
It’s not essential to have a big campaigns team in order to win the election! It all comes down to how well your message resonates with students and how well you plan your campaign.
I’m not involved in the Union so I won’t win
Involvement in the Union is not essential to run! Sometimes it’s beneficial not be involved, so you can provide a fresh perspective on student issues that the Union may not be aware of. Successful candidates requires support from across campus, so the more people you talk to the better!
I’ve never done a campaign before and I don't know what to do
It’s okay if you haven’t ran a campaign before – we will be hosting workshops to give you some tips and guidance.
If you have any other questions, just contact on of the team at firstname.lastname@example.org