Ever wanted to make a change to your education? Ever thought you could be part of a team who represent all students to shape your time at UCA?
Well now you can! The By-Elections are run every September/October to elect new members of Student Council on each campus. There are positions available to represent: LGBT, International, Post Graduate, Further Education, Women, Students with Disabilities, Multicultural and Clubs & Societies.
If you feel that you don’t necessarily fit into one of those categories or Â don’t feel that you can represent them – don’t worry! We have three Student Experience OfficerÂ positions available for those who just want to make other peoples time at UCA more enjoyable!
Below you will see the timeline for this year’s elections, an online nomination form, how to campaign and write your manifesto and finally the rules and regulations to ensure that every student has an equal chance of winning.
TIMELINE OF BY-ELECTIONS
Nominations Open: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Monday 15th September 2014 at 9:00am
Friday 3rd October 2014 at 12:00 noon
Candidates Briefing (Must attend):
Canterbury: Monday 6th October 2014
16:00 â€“ 17:00Â (TBC*)
Farnham: Tuesday 7th October 2014
16:30 â€“ 17:30Â (Committee Room A)
Rochester: Wednesday 8th October 2014
16:00 â€“ 17:00Â (TBC*)
Epsom: Thursday 9th October 2014
16:00 â€“ 17:00Â (Room 120)
*Â For Canterbury and Rochester please meet in the lobby/main reception 5 minutes before.
If you will have any trouble attending the Candidates meeting please contact Democracy & Campaigns Coordinator Ryan Beasley (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
Voting will open on Thurday 16th October at 10:30am and will close again at 2:30pm.
You will need to make sure that you are campaigning throughout the day to make sure enough students are voting for you to win!
HOW NOMINATIONS WORK
If you want to run for an elected position at UCA Students’ Union, you need to go through a process we call ‘nominating.’ You can nominate yourself, but must have the backing of two other current UCA students – these are called a ‘Proposer’ and a ‘Seconder.’ It may sound like a very formal task, but it’s actually very straight-forward and not intended to be intimidating.
To start, you must complete the nomination form. It’s a good idea to have the names and student IDs on your Proposer and Seconder before you start. Make sure your Proposer and Seconder aren’t already backing somebody else for the same position, as yourÂ form will be invalid.
You must submit a copy of your manifesto (tips about this are below) and declaration form (for Student Trustee positions) with your nomination form. Your nomination form will not be accepted without these.
Things to remember:
â€¢ Submit your nomination form online by the nomination deadline. We can’t accept nominations in person, and the online form will automatically close at the deadline. If you are not sure about running, submit a nomination. You can always withdraw it if you change your mind, whereas if you miss the deadline, there is no way you can run!
â€¢ Manifestos are important but shouldn’t be boring. We have a diverse and creative population at UCA and your manifesto and pledges should aim to appeal to as many people as possible. Remember the reason some people donâ€™t like politics is because they feel it doesnâ€™t represent them. Your job as a Union representative is to represent, so tell people how you will do that.
â€¢ If you are unsure on anything to do with your nomination, use the information available on this website. You can also pop into your Studentsâ€™ Union office Monday to Friday to discuss running for election with a member of staff.
WRITING A MANIFESTO
The manifesto is the document that says who you are, what you intend to do should you get elected and why people should vote for you.
Candidates must submit a manifesto in plain text no longer than one side of A4 (minimum 10pt text) with your nomination form.
TIPS FOR WRITING YOUR MANIFESTO
Drafting a manifesto neednâ€™t be something to get stressed about. Essentially, it should state what you believe makes you a good candidate, what you plan to do, what changes you would make and why students should vote for you.Â Here are some easy steps to assist you in writing your own manifesto:
â€¢ Write a bit about yourself, your name, course, position you are running for.Â
â€¢ Why are you running for this position?
â€¢ What strengths do you have that you believe make you good at the position?
â€¢ What do you intend to do in the next year if elected?
â€¢ Choose a catchy slogan can often grab peopleâ€™s attention; try to keep it to less than eight words and be creative.
â€¢ Ask people to vote for you!
You could also read some of the submissions through Big Ideas to get an idea of what students on your campus think is important!
HOW TO CAMPAIGN
Being a creative arts university there are loads of ideas around for new and exciting ways to win votes and claim victory at the end of an exciting election week.Â Voters donâ€™t just want to know what is important to you; they want to know you are listening to them. Once you have worked out your message you should make it easy to understand and fun to hear.
Studies show you need to make seven points of contact to get a message across. Donâ€™t just use posters – mix it up! Entertain voters with the same message in as many different ways as possible.Â If you have the right message and voters hear it seven different ways, you are doing well!
Just remember to stick to your budget of Â£30 and make sure everything you do is in line with election and campaigning regulations and the law! Full guidance on campaigning and rules will be provided at the candidates briefing.
There are the usual methods:
â€¢ Social Media
But what about:
To make things fair for all candidates, we regulate the elections through a set of published rules.