If you are interested in standing in this election, then you might like to take a look at the nomination information below, as it contains a lot of the detail you will need to make your decision. In addition, any of the current post holders can answer any questions you might have or you can browse the resources available in our thinking about standing for election pages.

If you're ready to nominate yourself, either follow this link or select 'your acount/profile' at the top right of the page and then select 'My Nominations' from the side menu. You must be logged in with your email address to do this.

Nominations open on Thursday 25th October at 9am and close at 2pm on Thursday 15th November; all nominations must be completed by this time to be eligible.


Should I stand?

You should be aware from the outset that standing for one of these elected positions should not be done lightly. Yes it will look great on your CV and yes you will learn and experience a whole raft of new things whilst having some fun, but (and it’s a big but) the roles come with a great deal of responsibility and commitment.

You will be entrusted with representing the views of all students at the University of Winchester and in the case of the full time Officer Trustees, you and the other trustees will be legally responsible for the whole Union. Please don’t let this put you off – just be aware of, and relish the challenge!

What do Exec do?

In a nut shell the 10 part-time executive officers are responsible for; promoting and defending the rights of Members; Campaigning on issues affecting Members; and the implementation of Student Union policy. Full time Officer Trustees have a wider remit, including the above and we would suggest that you read the constitution found on our website before standing for one of these full time positions.


Nominate yourself and Write Manifesto:

When completing this online nomination you will need to write an election statement & a manifesto; the 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 and it would be a good idea to research the Union and its activities.

You therefore have a combined word count of 525 words, no more than 25 on election statement & 500 on manifesto.

You will also need to upload a clear passport style photo of yourself too, so our members can put a name to a face.


Nominations Open

Thursday 25th October 2018, 9am to Thursday 15th November 2018, 2pm: This is the first day that 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 Exec Team to find out more about each role. All current officers are available 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. 


Candidates Briefing

Thursday 15th November 4pm, SU meeting Room: 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.



Monday 19th November to Friday 23rd November: This is when you sell yourself, go talk to students and get them interested in the elections and get them to vote for you. Be aware that there are 'exclusion zones' where campaigning isn't allowed and other ‘rules’ which you will be told at the 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 before this time. Formal electronic/social media sites dedicated to your election are also not permitted prior to this time.



Wednesday 21st November, 00:01am to Friday 23rd November, 6pm: Voting is undertaken electronically via our website. So remind people to vote and make sure they know how to do it.



Friday 23rd November, 8pm (approx.): Results will be announced in the Terrace Bar.