If you are interested in standing in our Executive Offiver Elections, then you might like to take a look at the nomination information below, as it contains a lot of the detail you will need in order to make your decision. In addition, any of the current Executive Officers can answer any questions you might have or you can browse the resources available on our election information page.
From February 1st, If you're ready to nominate yourself, either follow this link or select 'your account/profile' at the top right of the page and then select 'My Nominations' from the side menu. You must be logged in with your '.ac.uk' email address to do this.
Manifesto - What do I need to write on my nomination?
Nominations timetable - When can I nominate myself?
Candidate information drop-in - Can I find out more information before nominating myself?
Candidate briefing - When do I find out the other candidates?
Campaigning - When can I promote my candidacy?
Candidate Q&A - When can voters ask questions?
Voting - When can people vote?
Elections Results - When do we find out who the successful candidates are?
Further information - What else should I know before nominating myself?
You should be aware from the outset that standing for one of these elected positions should not be undertaken lightly. The role will look great on your CV, and yes you will develop and experience many new skills and attributes whist having some fun, but the roles do come with a great deal of responsibility and commitment. You will be entrusted with representing the views of all 8,000+ students at the University of Winchester. In the case of full time Sabbatical Officers, you will also become an Officer Trustee, meaning that alongside the other Trustees, you will be legally responsible for the whole Union. You certainly should not let this put you off – just be aware of, and relish, the challenge!
There is of course lots of information online about what the Union and its Executive Officers currently do, and lots of other information which may be of use in your campaign if you decide to run. Additionally, you're more than welcome to speak to current officers and/or members of staff to find out more about what each role entails and what scope there is for developing Winchester Student Union.
The roles that are being elected are defined in our Paper – Executive Officers: Role and Responsibilities
From February 1st, if you're ready to nominate yourself, either follow this link or select 'your account/profile' at the top right of the page and then select 'My Nominations' from the side menu. You must be logged in with your '.ac.uk' email address to do this.
Nominations open on Monday 3rd February at 10am and close at 2pm on Friday 21st February; all nominations must be completed by this time to be eligible.
Please note that under our elections regulations you are not able to promote or campaign for votes until the campaign period begins (for the Spring Elections 2021, campaigning is allowed from 9am on Friday 19th February).
What do I need to write on my nomination?
When completing the online nomination you will need to write an election statement and a manifesto.
The election statement is a maximum of 25 words and should represent your core values, i.e....
"A vote for Jane Doe is a vote for a calm, confident and considered candidate who will give a voice to your views" – 23 words.
The manifesto should be a more detailed statement (max 500 words) outlining what your aims are and why people should vote for you. Try to be realistic with your manifesto promises, as you may be held to account if you are unable to deliver on your promises. It would be a good idea to research the Union and its activities before writing your manifesto. You'll almost certainly want to check our Strategy.
You therefore have a combined word count of 525 words,
You will also need to upload a clear passport style photo of yourself to upload, so our members can put a name to a face. The ideal size for this is 400px high by 280px wide, although the site will stretch any image to fit.
When can I nominate myself?
This is the period in which you can confirm your nomination. It is good to have an idea at this time of what position you want to stand for; we urge you in the strongest terms to speak to any member of the current Executive Officer team to find out more about each role. All current officers are available to be contacted during this time to talk about their roles or to answer any questions.
Candidates may not stand for or hold more than one elected Officer post.
- Can I find out more information before nominating myself?
. If you are interested in standing in the election, but have questions or would like to find out more, why not drop in to one of these calls to pick up some digital information handouts and meet with the elections Deputy Returning Officer?
- When do I find out the other candidates?
. This is when you find out the rules and regulations of campaigning and are reminded of the voting process and when results will be announced. You can also ask any further questions you might have about the whole elections process.
It is essential that all candidates attend if possible, as if you break an election rule later that was explained in the briefing, it will still count against you.
- When can I promote my candidacy?
and ends at 3pm on Tuesday 23rd February. This is when you promote yourself, talk to students, get them interested and engaged in the elections and encourage them to vote for you. Be aware that there are 'exclusion zones' where campaigning isn't allowed, and other important rules and regulations which you will be told at the Candidate Briefing.
You cannot promote yourself as a candidate in anyway before campaigning begins. This means that no flyers, posters, items of clothing associated to a candidate’s campaign or other means of written or digital publicity can be displayed or shared before this time. Formal electronic/social media sites dedicated to your election are also not permitted prior to this time.
- When can voters ask questions?
: Candidate Q&A, also know as hustings, is an opportunity for Student Union members hear a short speech from all candidates about their candidacy, and for students to ask questions of Sabbatical Officer candidates. Sabbatical Officer candidates will be asked to answer a question from the Chair based on member responses to the Union's annual survey, a question from the room and a question received from social media and/or another question from the room. All students are encouraged to attend this open event to find out more about the candidates and to help them decide who to vote for.
- When can people vote?
Voting is undertaken electronically via our website. So remind people to vote and make sure they know how to do it. More information about voting here: www.winchesterstudents.co.uk/vote
, 7pm: Results will be announced via social media livestream.
There is a lot of information about the Union and its activities on this website, all of which which would be very helpful for candidates. However, we would recommend that before you complete your nomination you take time to look at the information available in the governance of the Union section of the website and carefully consider our aspirations in the Union Strategy.