Candidates Hub!

 

This page is for your use as a candidate and will be updated with useful resources, training, tips and useful documents to help you through the elections period. 

 

Stand out in your lectures, download the candidate zoom background (or create your own!)
 

   

 

Click here to watch last years' campiagn training!

Click here for the elections regulations!

Click here for the elections information!

Click here for the Marketing support pack!

Click here for the staff gudelines!

KEY DATES

 

 

  • Nominations open at 9am!

  • Book a 1:1 with a member of the SU!

    Email us here to book a 1:1 with one of the team!

  • Nominations close and Candidate Briefing

    After nominations close at join us at 1pm for the candidate briefing, led by Fraser the SU Assistant Manager, to learn more about the rules and what to expect during your election campaign. Confirmed Candidates will be emailed with the Zoom link.

  • Expectations of a Vice President

    Join this training session led by the ARUL SU Manager, Jay to find out more about the expectations of a Vice President and how this can help you in the role. To join the session contact us here

  • Creative Campaigns

    Join this training session led by one of our SU Coordinators, Danielle to find out more about how to run a creative campaign. To join the session contact us here

  • Comms & Engaging with Students

    Join this training session led by one of our SU Coordinators, Danielle to learn about utilising social media as a campaigns tool and as a way to engage with students. To join the session contact us here

  • A Day in the Life of an Officer

    Join this training session led by the ARUL SU Manager, Jay to find out more about what the day to day work looks like for a Vice President around studies. To join the session contact us here

  • Wellbeing & Welfare

    Join this training session led by the ARUL SU Assistant Manager, Fraser to share tips and good practise around supporting your own positive wellbeing while campaigning and in the role of a Vice President. To join the session contact us here

  • Voting Week

    Voting is open from 9am from Monday to Friday. 

  • Results Announcement!

    Breathe a sigh of relief and join in the fun and excitement as we announce the results of the election!

  • Expenses Deadline

    Expenses claims must be made by 9am, email us your form and receipts to claim back your expenses. Forms can be found in the FAQ section.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

“What is a campaign?”

A campaign is how you convince students to vote for you. This could be through social media, posters, videos, just about anything! The best way to win votes is to talk to as many students as you can, why not ask a couple of friends or class mates to be on your campaign team to help spread the word for you?

 

Whatever method you chose to campaign, don't forget to keep your name, face and the link to voting as visible as possible!

 

“How do I make good posters and other designs?”

There are our top tips for making a strong visual campaign

  •  Decide on a clear brand. What colours and fonts are you going to use? Make sure to keep these consistent throughout so students can recognise you.
     
  • Keep your promotional material clear and easy to read. Perhaps pick a different idea from your manifesto and use them on a different poster. Think about what would make you vote - would you read a whole page of text?
     
  • Think about how you can target different groups of students. What would make student parents vote for you? What about students based at the other London site? What about our Postgraduate community?
     

We highly recommend the online programme Canva. It's free to use and you can make hundreds of different designs really easily. We've put a couple of videos below to show you how to use it.

 

There are loads of different videos available to give you different ideas too. No matter how confident you are using technology, there will be something you can do!

"How do I use social media in my campaign?"

 

The absolute key for using social media in your campaign is to share content that other students will share for you. This means your posters, videos, messages will reach LOTS more students that you don't have access to. 

Think about:

  • What would make students share your content?
  • Should there be an incentive for sharing your content? A prize? A video shout out?
  • How long should your video be? 
  • Could you do a live video event?
  • Is it worth investing some of your budget into paid advertising?
     

Below you can find a couple of different videos that can help you with using social media.

 

 

"What should I campaign for?"

Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) 

All the feedback you give to your Class Reps gets taken to an SSLC meeting three times a year. The most commonly raised feedback can be found below.


Students at Anglia Ruskin London campus have highlighted a number of recurrent issues. Namely these issues relate to; Facilities, Learning and Teaching and Welfare. What is most apparent is the desire for students to have a campus that is well maintained, as well as the introduction of a student space that meets their needs. Similarly, with regards to learning and teaching, and welfare, students have expressed the need for access to resources that they believe would further enhance their studies. 

 

Food provisions on campus
Students have pointed to the lack of food options on campus. Specifically, they have pointed out the absence of hot food in the cafeteria. In addition, healthy food options are scarce within the vending machines dotted around campus and students do not have the ability to bring food in and heat it up as there are no microwaves. As such, students would appreciate the introduction of good quality food and coffee on campus.
 
Student space

As a campus in the middle of central London, it does not come a surprise that ARUL are limited in terms of space. Nonetheless, student space on the Farringdon campus has been an important issue and it has been raised on a number of occasions. Students would like to see the creation of a common room where they can eat, socialise and meet.
 
Maintenance of toilets
The level of cleanliness in ARUL toilets has been a key concern for students. They have reported that toilets are regularly overcrowded and blocked, making them not fit for use.

 

Learning Resources Centre
Students have requested that the Learning Resource stock more textbooks. They have also raised the question of having the Learning Resource Centre open for longer hours during the week. This issue is in partnership with longer opening hours of the buildings - particularly in East India - which naturally affects the opening hours of the LRC.
 
Physical copy of textbooks
Some students have struggled with using Kortext, they find it difficult to navigate and often encounter technical issues. Distribution of physical copies of the key textbooks is seen as a solution, particular for students that struggle with technology. 

 

Support that is quick and easy to access
Students are aware that help and support is available, but many struggle to locate it. As a result, the iCentre are busy with enquiries which frustrates students when unable to get through. Students have suggested that a streamlining of the VLE may be the best way to enable the finding of information and help they need quickly and easily. 
 
Dyslexia and dyspraxia support

Students with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia would like extra support from the university, some students have specifically requested increased awareness about dyslexia and dyspraxia amongst staff members, such as lecturers.

 

 

"Do I get a budget for my campaign?"

Yes! We will allocate each candidate with £30 to spend on election materials and campaigning costs. You will need to use your own money,  KEEP THE RECEIPTS, and then you can claim it back via an online form. 
 

You cannot spend over the specified amount, even if you want to use your own money, you must keep to this budget or you could risk disqualification.


You could use this money on:

  • Facebook/Instagram advertisement 
  • Competition prizes
  • Gimmicks for a video
  • Absolutely anything you think will help get you votes!


You are responsible for making sure you stick to your budget, you will need to submit your receipts and a claim form at the end of the campaigning week to ensure you are able to get the money refunded to you.
 

"How do I claim my expenses?"

You can claim your campaign expenses by downloading and completing this form! 
 

You cannot spend over the specified amount, even if you want to use your own money, you must keep to this budget or you could risk disqualification. Make sure you keep reciepts otherwise you cannot reclaim the expense.

 

 

“How do I make a complaint?”

  • Before submitting any formal complaint, please make sure you have read through the elections rules and regulations to check which rule has been breached. To submit to a formal complaint about the election you can do so by completing the form here

 

If you would like to speak to a member of staff about The Election, or if you have a question that has not been answered above you can submit your query to Fraser, the ARUL SU Assistant Manager via email.

If you would like to submit to a formal complaint about the election to our Deputy Returning Officer you can do so by completing the form here.

Because we're independent from the University you get to decide how we’re run and what we do. You get to decide this by voting in our elections, getting your voice heard through Student Members Meetings or participating in campaigns. Our core function is representation, which means we dedicate almost all of our resources to making sure your voice gets heard in the University, that your rights as a student are upheld and you get the most out of your degree.