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Your issue not resolved by the below? Contact us on su-elections@westminster.ac.uk and let us know how we can help.

Maintaining my wellbeing

Elections can be tough, but you need to make sure you take time for yourself. Plan out time within your campaign schedule to do what makes you happy. This could be having a nice cup of tea, hiding under the covers with netflix or hitting the gym. The election shouldn't take over your life. If you can, try to pre-prepare healthy meals to have during the week which you can put in the microwave when you get in (or, get a family member or friend to cook for you!). Try to get a good night's sleep each night; nobody wants to hear about your plans at 2am, to take the time to rest and re-charge.
Are you struggling? Contact su-advice@westminster.ac.uk if you feel you need additional support, or the University Counselling Service.

Knowing the rules of the election

All the rules of the election can be found in the Election Handbook. We uphold the following election principles in holding a free and fair election, which are as follows:
-If candidates are unsure about any aspects of their campaign or standards or behaviour, it is their responsibility to ask
-All candidates should have equal and fair access to be able to communicate with students (Candidates and their campaigners may use email lists but only where lawful to do so. In most cases, this will require the consent of the members on the list to use their details)
-All students should be given a free and fair choice at the point of voting. Candidates and their campaigners must not communincaate with voters in any way once they have begun to complete their ballot. If Candidates and their Campaigners can see how a voter is expresssing preferences and votinng, they are in breach of this role. 
-Candidates in UWSU elections stand as individuals and not as part of a group or team
-The elections are about Westminster students and their student experience
-Candidates and their campaigners may onnly alter, move or remove their own campaign materials
-Only the Returning Officer (or their deputy) has the right to challenge the actions of the Union
You should also remmeber that during the election campaign, you continue to be bound by a set of rules that, whilst not strictly election rulees, still have a bearing on your conduct. These include: Union Policy (such as Equal Opportunities Policy and Code of Conduct), University Rules (such as acceptable use of IT and preventing damage to University property and buildings) and UK Law (such as Defacement of Property and the Data Protection Act)
We will be putting some of these into context at the Candidates Meeting on 30th January 2020, 5pm (Location TBC).

Writing my supporting statement

Arrange a time to have a chat with a member of the SU team to discuss your ideas and how to write this into your supporting statement at su-elections@westminster.ac.uk

Preparing my campaign

We have two days set up specifically to help you get your creative juices flowing in preparation for your campaign. So make sure you pop along on the 5th-6th February (location TBC) to get access to free resources and talk to a member of SU staff with your ideas. If you want a conversation in the meantime, get in touch with us at su-elections@westminster.ac.uk. 

Understanding the roles

It's hard to convey the life of an officer in a role description. Contact us on su-elections@westminster.ac.uk and we will match you with a relevant staff member to gain a greater insight into what the roles entail. 

Making a complaint against a candidate

You can do so via our quick and easy form here.

Volunteering with my visa restrictions

If you are an overseas student studying in the UK on a Tier 4 visa you will need to comply with the maximum hours you are permitted to work. Normally this is 20 hours per week during term time. If you have multiplee employments, please ensure that the combined total of hours worked in any given week do not exceed the limit stated on your Tier 4 BRP card.

Applying for a new visa

If you are planning on applying for one of our full time officer roles and will require a new visa, we can help with that! We are proud of our International Community, and will support and cover the costs of your visa application if you are successful in the role.