How to run to be an officer

Accessibility notice

We are committed to ensuring our elections are accessible for all students. If you have any accessibility needs please email out Campaign Coordinator:

  1. Get in touch! Email our Campaigns Coordinator for an information pack, or pop in to an online drop-in session (Wednesday 20 January 14:00 - 15:00, Wednesday 27 January, 15:30 - 16:30) and find out all about being an Officer and the campaigning process. You can also register your interest in any of the positions here.
  2. Nominate yourself by completing our online form. Nominations open 11 January, and close 29 January(Please note: all nominees will be subject to an eligibilty check before your nomination is accepted into the election race. This is to make sure no other reason exists that prevents a candidate from serving as a trustee or any conflict of interest). No nomination is accepted until published on the authority of the Returning Officer
  3. Attend our virtual candidate training sessions. Candidate training is an important part of the election process and all candidates must attend. The training will cover election rules and regulations, campaigning and an overview of Durham Students’ Union.
  4. Submit your manifesto (300 words), a 1 minute candidate video (guidance and content to include will be provided) and a snappy statement of why you are standing. For guidance on how to write a manifesto you will be invited to a virtual chat with a staff member but we recommend taking a look at our guide, reading our strategy or dropping an email to the Campaigns Coordinator.
  5. Publicity time! Submit your photo and chat to our student media about why you would make a great leader of the SU!
  6. Time to campaign! Don't forget to attend candidate training to pick up some great tips on how to effectively campaign online.
  7. Results announced! Election results will be published to all students on the Durham SU website once all candidates have been told. *Please note, the results of the election can only be declared once all relevant complaints have been concluded*