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INTRODUCTION TO CAMPAIGNING. SESSION AIMS Welcome! We aim to ensure you leave this session with the following knowledge: You know what a campaign is You.

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2 SESSION AIMS Welcome! We aim to ensure you leave this session with the following knowledge: You know what a campaign is You have a range of ideas of how to campaign effectively Your aware how to plan your campaign and the importance of reviewing actions You know what opportunities are available for you to promote your candidacy. You have a clear idea of the budgets and know where to find the rules.

3 WHAT IS CAMPAIGNING? Organised actions around a specific issue seeking to bring about changes in the policy and behaviours of institutions and/or specific public groups…the mobilising of forces by organisations and individuals to influence others in order to effect an identified and desired social, economic, environmental or political change. (Good Campaigns Guide for the Voluntary Sector, NCVO)

4 HOW TO CAMPAIGN Your Target audience What are the Campaign Rules Speak to people Be clear Campaign team Know your electorate

5 CAMPAIGN TEAM Potential Campaigner Why are they interested? Get them on board How can they contribute What will they get out of it? When campaigning it is important to be able to manage your time effectively. Campaign teams allow you to do this. You cant be all over campus at once – your campaign team can! Campaign teams can spread out your voter pool, as people who know your campaigner, but not you may be persuaded more easily to vote for you.

6 SMARTER GOALS S pecific M easurable A chievable R ealistic T imely E valuate R eview


8 OVERCOMING APATHY Apathy – A lack of interest, enthusiasm or concern 1.Talk to people about what concerns them, and inject a sense of injustice 2.Give people hope that things can be changed and that youre the one to do it 3.Spur them into action, by getting them to vote.

9 OPPORTUNITIES TO PROMOTE YOUR CANDIDACY We will provide you with several opportunities to promote your candidacy: Question time Candidates Videos Candidates photos Manifestos

10 ACTION AND EFFECT Action What is done by campaigners? Reaction What is generated by this action? Result The outcome of this reaction? Effect The impact on the campaign.



13 Slates You may wish to run as a state – this is when you form a group with other candidates. You must register your slate by the start of campaigning by e-mailing Rebecca Davies. If you run as a slate you are liable for each others actions

14 THE RULES All of our elections within the Union are overseen by the Elections and Referenda committee (ERC) ERC is responsible for ensuring the free and fair conduct of these elections Destroying, defacing or removing other candidates publicity Campaigning in the computer rooms or in the library/ Bannerman centre Making comments which are deemed negative or abusive against another candidate or member of a campaign team. Using your current position of authority or power to access information (including communications routes) which are not freely available to other candidates. The rules can be found in full at: rules/

15 Providing gifts, freebies or preferential access to events or activities (or any other acti on which may be interpreted as bribery) Seeking to gain advantage by breaching the set timetable for the elections Spending more money on their campaign than is permitted Actions which may be perceived as bullying or intimidating any other candidate, campaigner or student Using Union hosted sites or Union meetings to promote an election candidate Using external hosted sites that are linked to UBS groups to promote a candidate

16 COMPLAINTS Complaints regarding the conduct of any candidates campaign must be submitted, in writing to ERC via Rebecca Davies. Complaints about campaigning need to be received prior to the count

17 BUDGETS Full Time Officer - £100 Other positions - £30 Out of this £20 is provided in the form of Union printing credit, and can only be used to order printing through the union, the rest is your own money and is non-refundable. Expenses should be submitted either before or at the Candidates Debrief at the end of voting.

18 THE TIMELINE Printing deadline – Monday 11 th March, 1pm Manifesto deadline – Tuesday 11 th March, 1pm Campaign Plan deadline – Wednesday 12 th March, 1pm Candidates Briefing – Wednesday 12 th March, 6-8pm, LC067 Start of campaigning – Wednesday 12 th March, 8pm Video Manifesto Sessions – Tuesday 11 th March – Thursday 13 th March Question Time – Monday 17 th March, 6pm, Academy Question Time –Tuesday 18 th March, 6pm, Academy Voting – Wednesday 19 th March, Midday – Friday 21 st March, 4pm Results – Friday 21 st March, 8pm, Academy Ensure you attend both the campaigns briefing and candidates briefing to run in the elections – this includes handing in a Campaign Plan

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