CANDIDATE HUB

Workshops and Q&A sessions

What being a Sabb is really like Q&A

Monday Week 3, 20th January, 4-5pm, YourSpace

Monday Week 4, 27th January, 1-2pm, YourSpace

Want to hear about what it is really like to be a Sabb from the people who know? Come ask your questions and find out the answers from current and past Sabbatical Officers. Anything from what it is like to lead the Union to campaigning tips.

BAME Students’ Elections Workshop

Tuesday Week 3, 21st January, 4-5pm, SLB/005

YUSU is committed to improving equality of opportunity and participation in all our democratic activities, in particular our upcoming elections. There has been a historic lack of racial diversity in the students putting themselves forward for YUSU officer positions, especially for Sabbatical roles. This is a big problem! A YUSU represented by people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures will be more creative, innovative and ultimately better at representing the students of York.

During the 2020 YUSU elections we will be more proactive about racial diversity and inclusion.We are inviting BAME students to come along to this workshop which will be a great opportunity to:

  • Find out more about the 2020 YUSU elections - the positions on offer, what running for election involves, support available during and after the election, and the long-term benefits of being Officer.
  • Learn about the inspiring work already going in York in relation to improve equality and diversity and why Sabbatical Officers and PTOs are so important to this.
  • Share your thoughts about barriers to BAME participation in YUSU and ways of addressing these long-term.

Working Class Students’ Elections Workshop

Wednesday Week 3, 22nd January, 4-5pm, SLB/005

YUSU is committed to improving equality of opportunity and participation in all our democratic activities, in particular our upcoming elections. There has been a historic lack of working class students putting themselves forward for YUSU officer positions, especially for Sabbatical roles. This is a big problem! A YUSU represented by people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures will be more creative, innovative and ultimately better at representing the students of York.

During the 2020 YUSU elections we will be more proactive about the inclusion of students from working class backgrounds. We are inviting working class students to come along to this workshop which will be a great opportunity to:

  • Find out more about the 2020 YUSU elections - the positions on offer, what running for election involves, support available during and after the election, and the long-term benefits of being Officer.
  • Learn about the inspiring work already going in York in relation to improve equality and diversity and why Sabbatical Officers and PTOs are so important to this.
  • Share your thoughts about barriers to participation in YUSU and ways of addressing these long-term.

Disabled Students’ Elections Workshop

Thursday Week 3, 23rd January, 4-5pm, SLB/007

YUSU is committed to improving equality of opportunity and participation in all our democratic activities, in particular our upcoming elections. There has been a historic lack of disabled students putting themselves forward for YUSU officer positions, especially for Sabbatical roles. This is a big problem! A YUSU represented by people from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences will be more creative, innovative and ultimately better at representing the students of York.

During the 2020 YUSU elections we will be more proactive about the inclusion of disabled students. We are inviting disabled students to come along to this workshop which will be a great opportunity to:

  • Find out more about the 2020 YUSU elections - the positions on offer, what running for election involves, support available during and after the election, and the long-term benefits of being Officer.
  • Learn about the inspiring work already going in York in relation to widening access and participation and why Sabbatical Officers and PTOs are so important to this.
  • Share your thoughts about barriers to participation in YUSU and ways of addressing these long-term.

Liberation for All

Wednesday Week 4, 29th January, 16:00-17:00, SLB/005

Holding a representative position means that you have a duty to fairly advocate for a wide range of social groups, not just those that align with your personal interests. This session will provide a holistic overview to liberation and inclusion. It will explore what creating equity of opportunity means in a higher education context, provide information on Access and Participation plans, and how to ensure manifesto pledges consider the intersectionality of identities that span the student body.

Compulsory Candidate Briefing

Friday Week 4, 31st Jan, 5-7pm, V/N/045

For all candidates to be briefed on the rules, campaign guidelines and requirements.

Manifesto Development Workshop

Monday Week 5, 3rd Feb, 4-5pm, SLB 210

What makes a good manifesto? What is the best way to frame your ideas? Come along to this informative workshop to find out and ask any manifesto related questions to YUSU Elections Staff.

Digital Campaigning

Tuesday Week 5, 4th Feb, 4-5pm, SLB/005

Join our Marketing Coordinator & Research and Communications Coordinator for a session designed to increase the effectiveness of your digital communications. Find out how to improve engagement, tailor your message across platforms, and make your comms accessible for all.

Physical Campaigning

Wednesday Week 5, 5th Feb, 4-5pm, SLB/005

Campaigning week is your time to shine and let people know that you are the best person for the job, but where should you start? Come along to this session and learn what to do (and not to do!) throughout the week, get advice on public speaking and get some top tips from past candidates

Banner Making

Thursday Week 5, 6th Feb, 1-5pm, YourSpace

Drop in to YourSpace to make your banners in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, in anticipation of campaigning week. Banner making material will be provided!

Useful reading

about York, Higher Education and Students’ Unions

University of York’s Access and Participation Plan 2020/21 - 2024/25

WonkHe - platform with lots of useful articles about Higher Education and Students’ Unions. Subscribe for free!

NUS website

Office for Students website

University of York’s Strategy

YUSU Impact Report 2018/19

YUSU Election Voter Stats 2019

Staff Contacts

Here is a list of staff who are here to help and support you through the election process. There is a staff member for every role and you can contact them for information about the role, advice and support.

Staff member Role Responsibilities include: Can provide support for candidates running for: Email address
Laura Kennedy Democracy and Campaigns Coordinator Elections, Policy, Supporting Part-Time Officer Campaigns PTO roles. All candidates with anything related to general election information or support [email protected]
Annie Potter Opportunities Manager Societies, Student Media, Sport, GIAG Activities Officer, York Sport President [email protected]
Tatenda Shonhiwa Sports Coordinator College Sport/Uni Sports teams, BUCS York Sport President [email protected]
Gabby Morgan Student Engagement Development Coordinator Academic Representation Academic Officer [email protected]
Lucy Furneaux Student Opportunities Coordinator Societies, Student Media, Sport, GIAG Activities Officer [email protected]
Jasmine Pledger Fundraising and Volunteering Coordinator Volunteering and Fundraising/RAG Activities Officer, Volunteering PTO, RAG PTO [email protected]
Connor Briggs Community Manager Colleges, Volunteering and Fundraising/RAG, Community Engagement, Accommodation Union President [email protected]
Richard Andrew Advice & Welfare Manager YUSU Advice & Support, Supporting Wellbeing campaigns and policy development Community and Wellbeing Officer [email protected]
Jake Tattersdill Marketing Coordinator Marketing, Social Media and Advertising All candidates for social media and promotional material advice [email protected]
Daisy Kemp Student Engagement Coordinator Academic Representation Faculty Reps [email protected]

Laura Kennedy

Democracy and Campaigns Coordinator

Responsibilities include: Elections, Policy, Supporting Part-Time Officer Campaigns

Can provide support for candidates running for: PTO Roles, all candidates with anything related to general election information or support

[email protected]

Annie Potter

Opportunities Manager

Responsibilities include: Societies, Student Media, Sport, GIAG

Can provide support for candidates running for: Activities Officer, York Sport President

[email protected]

Tatenda Shonhiwa

Sports Coordinator

Responsibilities include: College Sport/Uni Sports teams, BUCS

Can provide support for candidates running for: York Sport President

[email protected]

Gabby Morgan

Student Engagement Development Coordinator

Responsibilities include: Academic Representation

Can provide support for candidates running for: Academic Officer

[email protected]

Lucy Furneaux

Student Opportunities Coordinator

Responsibilities include: Societies, Student Media, GIAG

Can provide support for candidates running for: Activities Officer

[email protected]

Jasmine Pledger

Fundraising and Volunteering Coordinator

Responsibilities include: Volunteering and Fundraising/RAG

Can provide support for candidates running for: Activities Officer, Volunteering PTO, RAG PTO

[email protected]

Connor Briggs

Community Manager

Responsibilities include: Colleges, Volunteering and Fundraising/RAG, Community Engagement, Accommodation

Can provide support for candidates running for: Union President

[email protected]

Richard Andrew

Advice & Welfare Manager

Responsibilities include: YUSU Advice & Support, Supporting Wellbeing campaigns and policy development

Can provide support for candidates running for: Community and Wellbeing Officer

[email protected]

Jake Tattersdill

Marketing Coordinator

Responsibilities include: Marketing, Social Media and Advertising

Can provide support for candidates running for: All candidates for social media and promotional material advice

[email protected]

Daisy Kemp

Student Engagement Coordinator

Responsibilities include: Academic Representation

Can provide support for candidates running for: Faculty Reps

[email protected]

Campaigning Dos & Don’ts

Here are some “Do’s and Don’ts” when standing as a candidate in the YUSU elections. These are to be considered alongside the formal election rules.

DO:

Make your campaigning accessible. Have a look at these two useful guides:

Consider adding Content Warnings when posting online about potentially triggering topics.

Respect staff decisions when campaigning in colleges or departments regarding space and where is suitable for campaigning and postering to take place. If in doubt please get in touch with the relevant staff.

Be aware of the family-friendly nature of the campus when deciding what to put on your posters.

Remove your posters, banners and any other campaign material at the end of the election period. Bring them into YUSU to be displayed or recycle them!

Accept the fact that all your posters and banners may not survive the whole campaigning period. As much as we work with the Estates team and others to stop them being pulled down, we can’t 100% guarantee they will stay in place. After all, they will be outside in winter, so the weather may take its course.

Be kind to your fellow candidates.

Use non-marking methods of putting up your campaign materials such as string, white-tac and cable ties.

Consider making a campaign social media page and keep your personal page separate.

Actively report any third party that endorses you (which is against the rules).

DON'T:

Use sellotape or blue-tac to attach your posters and banners to University property.

Use chalk or paint to write on University property.

Use copyrighted material. Candidates are, however, free to use whatever artistic license they choose and must bear in mind that they alone will bear responsibility for dealing with any consequences following the use of copyrighted material.

Do anything on social media that could be considered spamming or abusing any single third party social media group.

Pull down or cover up other candidates campaign materials.

Forget that online and physical campaigning is limited to between 9am and 10pm this year.