How to run to be an Officer

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  1. Get in touch! Email our Campaigns Coordinator, listen to our webinar, or pop in to a drop-in session (Monday 20 January 14:00 - 17:00, Wednesday 22 January, 14:00 - 17:00, Monday 27 January 14:00 - 17:00, Thursday 30 January, 14:00-17:00 in the A-level Staff room) and find out all about being an Officer and the campaigning process.
  2. Nominate yourself by completing our online form. Nominations open 20 January, and close 3 February (Please note: all nominees will be subject to an eligibilty check before nomination is accepted into the election race). 
  3. Attend our 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 into the SU to 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! Get your photo taken 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 pick up your campaigning pack from the SU.
  7. Candidate Question time! Question time is primarily focused around questions. You will have a chance to introduce yourself and your key manifesto points, but this will be short. Questions will be both presubmitted and taken from the audience, and the session will be shared on Facebook Live as it happens. 
  8. Results night!