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Candidates Resources

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2021 Training/Resources

An Introduction To Manifesto Training

Manifesto Planning & Preparation Activity Sheets

S.M.A.R.T Objective Worksheet

S.W.O.T Analysis Worksheet

National Union Of Students' Eight Manifesto Writing Tips

A Simple Manifesto Template

General Campaign Training


Want to see examples of manifestos? Visit and type 'manifestos' into the search box.

Equally, search 'Student Union manifestos' into a search engine.

Candidates Briefing

The Candidates Briefing will take place on Friday 12th February 2020 at 12:30pm via MSTeams. All candidates should make every effort to attend as this is where the rules and timeline of the election are covered.

Download the Candidates' Briefing slides 

Returning Officers 

Returning Officer: Peter Robertson, Chief Executive of NUS
Deputy Returning Officer: Sara MacLean,

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Complaints Form

All elections complaints should be completed on the form below and emailed to the Deputy Returning Officer, Sara MacLean, at Complaints must be submitted no later than an hour after the voting closes. It is always better to try and speak to the Deputy Returning Officer before submitting a formal complaint. If you want to know more about the complaints process, please see this flow diagram

Download the Complaints Form 

Expenses Form

All candidates in the elections must return a completed Expenses Form to the Deputy Returning Officer no later than an hour after the voting closes. This form must be returned alongside all receipts. Spending limits and rule around expense are detailed in the Election Rules. Candidates who do not return an Expenses Form by the deadline will not be able to claim back any money.

Download the Expenses Form

Being a Charity Trustee

If you are successfully elected as a Full Time Officer you will become a Trustee, as the Students' Association is a registered charity.

All candidates have been emailed a copy of the Charitable Trustee Declaration Form. This form must be printed, signed and returned to David Carse, Chief Executive, before polling opens.

Download the Being a Charity Trustee Presentation.

Election Stats

Real-time overview of election statistics.

Key Dates

Nominations Open: Monday 11th January 2021 at 9am

Nominations Close: Friday 12th February 2021 at 12noon

Candidates Briefing: Friday 12th February 2021 at 12:30pm 

Writing a Manifesto Training: Friday 12th February 2021 at 3pm

Candidate Training and Preparation Week: Monday 15th – Friday 19th February 2021

  • Writing a Manifesto Training (Repeat): Monday 15th February 2021 at 12noon
  • Deadline for Text Manifesto and Candidate Photo: Tuesday 16th February 2021 at 10am
  • Running an Online Campaign Training: Wednesday 17th February 2021 at 12noon–4pm
  • Deadline for Candidate Video, Manifesto Flyer and Social Media links: Friday 19th February 2021 at 12noon

Voting Opens: Monday 1st March 2021 at 10am

Voting Closes: Thursday 4th March 2021 at 5pm

Results announced: Friday 5th March 2021 from 7pm

Start Date for elected Full Time Officers: 17th May 2021 (officially start term in office on 31st May 2021)



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