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The Leadership Race is your chance to lead your union. Its your opportunity to represent 30,000 students in the Union, the University and in the city.

Explore this site to find out why you should run and the rewards leading your Union has

How do I run?


If you want to join the Leadership Race 2015, you've come to the right place. We've pulled together everything you need to know about deciding to run, nominating yourself and running your campaign.

Choosing a position
Start here.

Look at the roles and think about where your passion lies.

Each role has different responsibilities relating to its main areas of work. Think about what you could bring to the role, and how your ideas or experience might persuade others students to vote for you.

Nominating yourself

The Leadership Race 2016

The 6 successful candidates of this election will become the student leaders and trustees of Leeds University Union for 2016 - 17.

6 posts are up for election.

Nominations close at 16:00 on Friday 19 February 2016 (in 11 weeks and 4 days)

The polls open at 09:00 on Monday 7 March 2016 (in 14 weeks and 0 days)

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Getting elected
Find out how you can do it.

To be successful in the Leadership Race you'll need to secure a majority by convincing people you're the best person for the job. That might sound daunting, but there's plenty of support on offer.

One-to-one campaign support

Every candidate is given the opportunity to meet with our Campaign Manager to receive and advice that will help them with their campaign planning.

What should I communicate?

If a potential voter knows one thing about you and what you stand for when they go to vote, then you're doing well! Take a look at your manifesto and try to identify one issue that:

  • Will appeal to a wide range of voters
  • You feel passionate about
  • Will not appear on every other manifesto
  • Can be easily communicated

This issue will serve as the central piece of your election campaign – now all you need to do is get that message across.

How should I communicate it?

Think about who wants to hear your message. Where are they? How might they want to hear about it? There are lots of communication channels open to you, the important thing is that you choose the right ones.

Effective written communication

You're competing against lots of other messages in your bid to get people's attention. If you're designing a banner, poster or flyer it's worth doing the fire notice test.

A fire notice is an excellent example of how to communicate clearly and simply in a frenzied environment. The notice clearly illustrates the problem (fire) alongside its solution (break glass). Try using this as a template to make a fire notice for your campaign – can you identify a problem and position yourself as the solution?


Talking to people is fundamental to your election prospects. Talking to people doesn't mean shoving a flyer in someone's face: it means dialogue, asking questions and relating your policies to them. But don't forget to balance the need to engage with the need to be quick – you'll need to reach a lot of people in a short space of time. This is where slogans can come in handy, especially if it jogs someone's memory when they're looking down a long list of candidates' names when voting.


Students want to know what you plan to change and how it will affect them. Simply saying 'vote for me' isn't enough, you need to tell them why. Showing them something you're already doing (before you've even been elected) is a great way to show them you mean what you say.



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