Manifesto and Publicity
All candidates will be required to submit a manifesto and photo to FXU. These will be publicly displayed, and the successful candidates will have their manifestos referred to while they are in office. The manifesto forms part of a candidate's publicity so please read the guidance below.
A manifesto is a public declaration of principles and intentions, often political in nature. Simply, it's a brief summary of your ambitions and what you want to achieve in your term of office/in your role. It is important to get your manifesto the best it can be as it will be referred to and you will be asked to report on it through the year if elected into office. it is also the premise on why students would vote for you.
It can include:
- Who you are
- What you intend to do should you get elected
- How you would go about your role
- Why people should vote for you.
Have a look at this advice before writing your manifesto!
Things to consider in writing your manifesto
What are the roles and responsibilities of the position?
- Make sure you are focusing on roles and responsibilities relevant to the role.
What do students want?
- Talk to students to find out what they want, any improvements they would like, any problems they are facing as a student.
- Use current research and topical information in national media to help come up with ideas and initiatives.
- Talk to the current elected Officers or Students' Union staff for advice or latest research.
Do you have realistic goals?
- Consider the length of time in office, and what can be realistically achieved in that time or what may need to to be started and carried on by successors.
- There may be money constraints as budgets for the forthcoming year will have already been set.
- Don't make unrealistic promises.
- Think about how you are going to achieve your goals e.g. extra help needed, student involvement, funding
It helps to look at other Manifesto examples to get some inspiration!
Click here to have a look at some examples of good manifestos.
- All manifestos should be submitted online to FXU on one side of A4 in electronic format (Word or Adobe), with a photo of you.
- The deadline for manifestos is the close of nominations, but we cannot guarantee printing if they are received in the last week of nominations (see publicity below).
Manifestos for all of the candidates will be collected and published on the FXU website. Voters will be able to use these to decide who to vote for.
Eligible candidates may start campaigning publicly from the close of nominations. You will need to design all of your own promotional material such as:
- Video clips
- Online campaign pages
FXU will not design or create a poster for you, but if you supply an electronic copy before the last week of nominations then FXU can print posters for you. If you leave it later, than printing is not guaranteed!
You take responsibility for all of your campaign materials and may be disqualified if:
- Your materials are found to be offensive
- Your materials are intimidating to individuals or other candidates
- Your materials name any individual staff or students
If you are asked to discontinue the use of any materials then you must do so.
Candidates are responsible for the distribution of all individual campaign materials. It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that their materials are properly placed; any candidate materials that are removed as a result of being placed improperly will not be recovered on the candidates behalf.
You should be campaigning hard all week to try and get as many people to vote for you as possible!
Make your election campaign FUN but ensure that you stick to the rules in the election pack.