Ideas for campaigning

 

Due to COVID 19, campaigning this year will be online only.

 

As well as writing a manifesto, you'll also need to run a campaign - in other words, interact with voters and convince them to vote for you.

Everyone has a different way of running an election campaign - some people run it by themselves, and some people run it together with their friends in a "campaign team". However, please not you must adhere to COVID-19 rules as outlined in the eelction rule page.

Here are some things that you could do as part of a campaign

  • Create a brand and campaign design. Free resources such as CANVA are great for this! 

  • Designing online leaflets/ posters to share out to students. This is free and can be done online through social media. 

  • Doing quick announcements during your lecture just before lectures start (be sure to ask the lecturers' permission beforehand).

  • TikTok is growing in popularity, why made a video to share?

  • Making a campaign video and sharing it on social media.

  • Setting up a Facebook event/Facebook page to share on social media.

Remember though, the more innovative and unique you are, the better. If you have a creative idea that's not listed here, do use it - as long as you stick to the election rules!

 

Online resources

 

Canva (https://www.canva.com/) 

 Canva is a graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents and other visual content. Use this to design posters/campiagn images. 

 

 

Looking after yourself

  • Don’t be put off if a student is uninterested, the majority will be interested.
  • Take some time out and grab a drink or some food to re-focus
  • Schedule bulk posts in advance so you can take days off.
  • Don’t overwork yourself or your team
  • Try and take care of as much life admin before voting opens e.g. cook yourself some meals in advance or ask a friend to help you with some specific tasks.
  • It might also be worth planning your work, studies and commitments around the voting week so you have a lot of free time to chat to students.
  • Ask your friends and course mates for help and advice - it can be fun and exciting to help someone else with their campaign, so don’t be afraid to ask!
  • Plan something nice to do at the end of the voting period. Even if you’re not elected, you have achieved a lot. 
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