What is a Network Lead?

Each Network Lead shall have responsibility to represent the views of a network of students with the same title as the Network Lead (e.g. Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Plus students). They must identify as a member of this Network and will be elected by and from that cohort of students.

What do they do?

They are responsible for charing their network (these are designed to be as flexible as possible so can be held when/where is most approiate for those attending the network.They also:

Report to their network on their activities as a representative

Attend meetings of the Union’s democratic Structures

Encourage work with members of other networks

Work with other representatives on Union projects

What is a Zone?

There are three zones which are made up of Network Leads. The zones are chaired by each Full-Time Officer so include the following:

  • Education and Community
  • Activities and Opportunities
  • Welfare and Diversity


What is a manifesto?

If you have never stood in an election before, it is unlikely you will ever have heard of a manifesto! Simply put, a manifesto is a (short) document that you produce as a candidate, that outlines who you are and what you want to do in your year as a particular officer.

The best manifestos are not too information heavy, and state clearly what and how you will achieve what you set out to do.

It is often a good idea to choose some key areas (around 3) to focus on that you think need the most work in the community that you could be representing.

An Example Manifesto

My name is Elle Lections, I'm a masters Education Studies Student, and I'm running to be your Postgraduate Students Network Lead . I have been heavily involved in education at UoG and I believe I can improve the SU further and engage more students.

So what do I want to change?

Mental Health Awareness

I want to promote and run a mental health campaign throughout the year to minimise the stigma that surrounds mental health whilst encouraging people to speak out and use the fantastic services that this university provides.

Academic Virtual Drop-in

I want to set up virtual drop ins to support students with their academic studies so they have opportunities to share their concerns and experiences.

Academic Societies Development

Help develop more Academic societies to enable students to connect with one another.

What do I need to do during the elections?

  1. Write a manifesto. This will need to be done when you submit your nomination.
  2. Create a poster. When you have created your poster, you will need to send it to the SU. Your posters can be shared on your social media.
  3. Attend Candidates Briefing, this could be online. It is compulsory that you attend as we will be running over the rules and regulations.
  4. Social media - This will be your main tool of campaigning, You can campaign quite effectively using social media. You can start doing this immediately after the candidates briefing.

How can I utilise Social Media?

We will cover this in more detail at candidates briefing, but if you have any questions in the mean time please email Emma Milsom using the Get in Touch button in the menu.

I want to produce a campaign video

Videos are another really great way to help publicise your campaign.

You can be the director and creator of your own video, we’ll show you some examples at Candidates Briefing..

Remember that the aim of the video is to get your message out to students about what your policies are, and why they should vote for you! Please check with Emma and Luc before you upload a video.

What is the NUS?

The NUS stands for National Union of Students and almost all Students’ Unions in the UK are members of the NUS. You may have heard of the NUS, for example on the NUS extra card, which provides you with money off at various outlets; however, the NUS does much, much more than this.

The primary mission of the NUS is to promote, defend and extend the rights of students, as well as develop and champion strong Students’ Unions. They campaign on issues such as higher education funding, as well as helping Students’ Unions in their activities, by representing and supporting them, and offering services to students.

As a Students’ Union, we are affiliated to the NUS. This means that we get to have our say (through voting) in who runs the NUS and how it is run.

You can check out the NUS webpage here, for more information about what the NUS is and does.

What is an NUS conference delegate?

The NUS National Conference is the highest decision making body within the NUS. The conference is attended by over 1,200 delegates from the 600+ Students’ Unions which are affiliated to the NUS.

An NUS conference delegate is someone who attends the NUS national conference. During the conference, the delegate must vote on the behalf of all of the students of The University of Gloucestershire, about various things such as who is going to run the NUS for the next year (e.g. who will be the next President/Vice President/Liberation Officers), and also to choose the priorities of the NUS for the next year.

To find out what the NUS is currently working on visit their webpage here

Candidate Welfare

The Returning Officer and Deputy Returning Officer (Emma Milsom) are responsible for the welfare of all the candidates. We provide Candidates Tea during Elections week to catch up with all candidates and Candidate Preperation week can answer any questions you might have

Any concerns, queries or complaints should be made known to this committee.

The Elections period, whilst very rewarding will also be very tiring. So make sure you remember to eat and sleep enough, and don't fall behind on your university work. Any concerns, queries or complaints should be made known to by completing the Election Complaint Form here and must be emailed to the Deputy Returning Officer (emilsom3@glos.ac.uk).