Standing in an Election


Standing in an ELection

To stand in the SU Lent Elections you must have submitted a nomination via the website form by 12:00pm on Tuesday 23/03/21. The deadline for edits to your manifesto and other materials is 4.30pm on Wednesday 24/03/21.

To stand in a Cambridge SU election you must provide the following. These are submitted via the web nominations form:

  • Your name/crsid - this will be shared publicly as part of the election and with student press in advance of campaigning.
  • A preferred name - this is what will appear on the ballot and in all public communications about the election. It can be any name you go by and does not have to be your legal name or the name you are registered with the University under, but it cannot be a joke name, slogan etc.
  • Email/telephone number - this is so the Returning Officer and staff can contact you during the election period, and will not be used for any other reason.
  • A manifesto - you must upload a manifesto via the form on the website when you nominate yourself. This can be a maximum of 500 words and all the substantive content must be typed text, although you can also include images. This will be linked by your name at the point of voting. You can also optionally submit a designed manifesto as an image or pdf by email to, which must have the same text as your typed manifesto and will be used for your candidate profile. You can edit this until 4.30pm on Wednesday 24th February. This is a hard deadline.
  • A photo of you to appear on the ballot. This will not be used for any other purpose by the SU. This should ideally be a head or head and shoulders picture and must be in JPEG or PNG format.

For sabbatical elections you are also encouraged to provide the following, which will be used for your candidate profile on the SU website and shared with voters. You can submit these via email to The following are optional but strongly recommended. You should submit these before 4.30pm on Wednesday 24th February and we cannot guarantee that later submissions will be uploaded to the website in time for the start of campaigning.

  • A promotional video for your candidacy. This should be two minutes or less in length and must have captions. There are no other restrictions on the format of this, but all content within the video should adhere to the Election Rules and you are responsible for ensuring that anyone else who appears in the video has consented for it to be shared with the SU and used publicly.
  • Question responses for your candidate profile. We’ll get in touch with every candidate to ask them about themselves and their ideas for the role they’re running for, and publish the answers on our website along with your manifesto as your candidate profile.
  • A slogan. This will be uploaded to the website when you nominate yourself and must be less than 15 words.


For some roles you need to be part of a certain group to stand. 

  • Self identification - some roles are reserved for certain groups of students. You can only run for roles leading or on the committee of SU Campaigns if you are a part of the membership of that campaign as defined in its constitution. At the point of standing you will be asked to opt in to groups you identify with, and will only be able to stand if you meet the requirements for a role.
  • Undergraduate/postgraduate - some roles are restricted to undergraduate or postgraduate students and the system will not let you run if you fall into the wrong group. This is based on the University's data about you and your course; please get in touch if you think there is an error.
  • Academic reps - you can only stand for the roles representing students on your course. We assign students to courses using data given to us by the University - if you think your course is wrong, please contact