No – we would always encourage you to have a team of friends around to support you! Having a support system in place can help you and your campaign. Friends can help spread the message about your campaign more widely, so you’re likely to have a bigger reach. They can also be an important source of emotional support and encouragement – if you’re feeling tired or stressed, a friendly smile and some encouraging words can make a big difference!
Your campaign team might include:
- Friends or housemates
- People you know from your course
- Friends from a student group or activity you’re involved in
Note on student group involvement in elections
Please note that affiliated student groups (including Students’ Union societies, clubs, volunteering groups and student media outlets) are not allowed to endorse candidates. If any of your supporters also have a role within a student group, you must make sure that it is clear they are endorsing you as an individual and not in the capacity of their role. They also must not use student group social media accounts or resources to help your campaign.
Once you have put together a campaign team, it’s a good idea to coordinate with everyone to make sure they are on the same page. Some top tips are:
- Thank them! Your campaign team are offering their own time and effort in order to help you get elected, so it’s important to thank them for their support.
- Brief them on your manifesto, explaining what your key priorities and policies are and why students should vote for you.
- Check what support they can offer. Will they run your social media accounts? Proofread your manifesto? Can they record a video in support of you? It’s important to plan ahead, especially as they may have other commitments.
- Run through the election rules together. You are responsible for your supporters’ conduct as well as your own, so it can have consequences for you if a complaint is made about one of them.
Running as a slate
You can choose to run in the elections as part of a ‘slate’ – this involves a group of candidates campaigning together under a common campaign name, which also appears on the ballot. If you are running as a slate, you will need to agree on a name with the other candidates and include this when submitting the nomination form. A slate cannot have more than one candidate for each position. If you are part of a slate, you may share publicity and campaign for each other, however, in the interest of fairness, the candidate budget is reduced for each additional person who is part of the slate (see 'Is there a budget available?’ below for details).