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Top 10 tips for writing a manifesto

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Your manifesto must be a minimum of 10 words. It must also contain your name and a photograph. 
 
We recommend you state who you are, why you are running for the particular role, your views on issues affecting the relevant group of students and what you would aim to achieve in the role if you were elected.
 
You could consider:
  1. Making a few campaigns and pledges that are realistic, achievable and relevant to the role, and that are supported by a sample of the relevant group of students
     
  2. Mentioning any co-curricular or extra-curricular activity that you have been involved in either within the community, university or Students’ Union
     
  3. Mentioning any other relevant experience, knowledge or skills you have
     
  4. Being concise, specific, using clear language and not too much text
     
  5. Using a consistent theme for your manifesto and campaign to make it more identifiable, including a catchy strapline and highlighting a social media handle or hashtag to allow students to follow you/your campaign
     
  6. Talking to officers and/or staff from the students’ union, reading up on the work of the union, its impact report, policies, priorities and strategic plan
     
  7. Being creative and inspiring; try and get your personality across to allow others the opportunity to relate to and understand you
     
  8. Focusing purely on you and not on discrediting or disrespecting your opponent(s)
     
  9. Asking a friend or family member to proof read
     
  10. Not leaving it until the last minute and contacting the Students’ Union if you have any queries or questions

Have a look at some examples below if you feel like getting more creative (we can help you upload these!)

 

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