Candidates’ Hub

The Candidates’ Hub is home to all of the documents and information that you will need if you’re standing in this year’s Beds SU Student Elections.

At a glance

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Election Resources & Videos

Top tips for making the most from this opportunity plus workshops to support you in all aspects of the elections process. 

Elections Handbook for Candidates

This guide is designed to provide you with all the information and advice that you need as an official candidate in the Beds SU Student Elections.

Voter Demographics

Build your campaign based on actual data on the voters you’ll be canvassing to.

Workshop: How to Complete your Manifesto

In order to apply for one of the available roles, you’ll need to write a manifesto. Learn some top writing tips and find out more about what your manifesto should include.

Workshop: Social Media Bootcamp

Learn how to harness the power of social media as a marketing tool to help amplify your campaign. You’ll learn practical tips on how to create content that drives results, what you should be focused on and basic marketing principles to help you understand the difference between private and professional use. 

Workshop: What do SUs and Beds SU do?

Did you know that Beds SU is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee? And if successfully elected to an Officer position, you will become a Trustee of the charity Board, and a Company Director?

Students’ Unions are rather strange and multi-faceted organisations that come in all shapes and sizes. Come along to find out more about what an SU is and what they do. 

Workshop: How to prepare for Question Time

Learn about how to construct answers on the stop to best portray your manifesto to voters. Plus, practical skills on how to overcome public speaking fears and how to best engage with your audience.   

Application Pack

This guide is designed to provide you with all the information and advice that you need to be a candidate in the Beds SU Student Elections.

Supporters Briefing

The Supporters’ Briefing will help you to ensure that your supporters’ actions comply with the campaign rules and do not end up getting you in trouble. The briefing will in the form of a short video which you can share with your elections team.

The video will be available to watch and share soon.


Handy forms for candidates will need throughout the election process. All the forms will be explained at the candidates briefing. 

Report a Grievance

Beds SU has a legal responsibility to hold free, fair and transparent elections under the Education Act 1994. In order to meet this obligation, Beds SU puts in place rules to uphold the guiding principles of our elections

Declare your spend

Candidates must declare what they use on their campaign (even if it’s a freebie). This can be submitted at any point during the elections period, but no later than 5pm on 24 March 2021.  

Lodge an Appeal

This form must be used to submit a formal appeal. Appeals are sent directly to the Deputy Returning Officer for deliberation. 

Claim Expenses

Beds SU will reimburse up to £50 of expenditure on campaign goods upon completion of this form including valid receipts (please note these items must also be declared on Candidate Budget Form).

Candidate Declaration

Before we can start to calculate results, we need all candidates to declare that they are content that the election process was fair and that all grievances have been dealt with.


Make sure you reference what’s in the job description when planning your campaign and manifesto. Think about how you want to bring these responsibilities to life.

Job Description for Co-President

Job Description for Co-President

Job Description for Co-Vice President

Job Description for Co-Vice President

Job Description for NUS Delegate Role

Job Description for NUS Delegate Role

Rules & Processes

The rules and regulations that govern our election.

Election Rules

The rules are a draft until they are approved by the Elections Committee. They will be explained in more detail in the Candidates’ Briefing.

Conflicts of Interest Guidance

This document aims to give a brief overview and some further clarification to the term ‘conflict of interest’ whilst running for election.