Introduce yourself: You need to think about why you are running in the election, and why you feel you are the best person for this position. Draft something to get you started, using the pointers below and just get words on paper. It doesn’t matter if your first draft is bad as you will have time to improve this. It is useful to get feedback from your friends, course-mates, and other students. You should constantly be asking for advice and feedback from students - after all, these are the people whose votes are you trying to win! You can also contact current officers and/or staff about specific ideas, to see what has already been done or what is currently going on at UEASU.
Use concise, straightforward language, and keep things brief: Your manifesto is your opportunity to tell your peers why they should vote for you. It should outline who you are, what you will use your role to achieve, and the changes you aim to bring to UEASU. Think about where your manifesto will be displayed: would you stop to read it while walking by or scrolling through Facebook? Don’t add in anymore detail than you’d be bothered to read as a voter yourself! Short, sharp and concise is best.
Do your research: Do the changes you pledge to make appeal to a diverse range of voters, or just your social circle?
Be realistic and precise: Your term in office will last for 1 year: are your manifesto pledges achievable in this timeframe? What practical steps will you take to achieve your goals?
Communicate your skills, experience, and personality: Show voters who you are! What roles have you held before? How does your previous experience make you the best candidate?
Proofread! Make sure your manifesto reads well and is free from spelling mistakes. Use the spellcheck function on Word, or better yet, ask a friend to proofread!
Keep the focus on you: You have a limited number of words; use them to promote yourself rather than discrediting other candidates.
Ensure your manifesto is portrait!
Think about students!
As a Union we are trying to enagage with our HSC students more this year. Due to the nature of their courses, a lot of HSC students find themselves on placement, or studying away from campus for long periods of time, making engaing with our channels more difficult. When writing a manifesto, think about way to include your HSC peers! Here are some fact scheets about our HSC students that you may find useful! Factsheet HSC Education Officer Factsheet