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How to write a Manifesto

A Manifesto is a powerful tool that can help you realise your vision for your time in the post, and create meaningful change for your fellow students.

To make this process as accessible as possible, we've developed a simple guide that you can use to craft a compelling manifesto. Whether you choose to follow our suggested format or blaze your own path, our guide will help you articulate your goals and aspirations in a way that resonates with your audience.

So why wait? Start working on your manifesto today and take the first step towards becoming a leader that inspires change and makes a difference.

Guide to Writing an Effective Election Manifesto

The election season is upon us, and we're excited to see students step up and run for various positions. As a candidate, it's important to create a compelling manifesto that clearly outlines your goals and vision for the role you're running for. This guide is here to help you do just that.


What is an Election Manifesto?

Your election manifesto is a statement that communicates your plans and ideas for the role you're running for. It should be concise, easy to read, and realistic. It's not an opportunity to discredit your opponents or make unrealistic promises. Rather, it's a chance to highlight your skills, experience, and what you hope to achieve if elected.

Top Tips for Writing an Effective Manifesto

To make your manifesto stand out, here are some top tips to keep in mind:

  1. Be concise and use clear language. Avoid complicated words that may alienate important voters.

  2. Outline your previous experience and how it will help you in the role you're running for.

  3. Set realistic and achievable goals for your time in office.

  4. Don't waste words trying to discredit your opponents.

  5. Highlight the skills and qualities that make you the best candidate for the role.

  6. Keep it short and sweet. Remember, you only have 600 characters per section that will be displayed to voters on the website.

  7. Be creative and inspiring.

  8. Once you've drafted your manifesto, feel free to ask for feedback.


Manifesto Template

To make writing your manifesto even easier, we've put together a simple template you can use. It's not a strict format, but feel free to use it if it helps:

1. What do you hope to achieve in the role if you're elected?

If elected, I would aim to:

  • Objective 1 (e.g. hold a new series of events aimed at getting more people involved in X to increase outreach and reputation)

  • Objective 2 (e.g. increase social activity by running weekly socials in different venues across London)

  • Objective 3 (e.g. increase funding by seeking out new sponsorship opportunities)

I think these aims will have a positive impact on X because...

2. What will you bring to the role (e.g. experience, skills, qualities)?

I have experience in... and have developed the following skills... I believe these make me an ideal candidate.

3. Please summarise why students should vote for you.

Closing Statement:

Thank you for taking the time to read my manifesto. If you have any questions about my ideas or would like to learn more about my candidacy, please don't hesitate to contact me at... Remember, voting starts... and ends..., so make sure you exercise your right to vote. Good luck to all the candidates!

During the campaigning period, candidates will have the opportunity to promote themselves by creating promotional materials. To ensure that all candidates have access to high-quality resources, they will be provided with professional advice, guidance, and design services.

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