Hints & Tips

How to write a manifesto?

If you would like to nominate yourself for a position of a Student Leader (Sabbatical Officer) or a member of a Standing Committee, you need to submit a manifesto with your nomination.

Your manifesto should state what you would plan to do in your time of office, and what changes you would make. Take some time before you write it to think about what you believe you can achieve and what the voters would respond to.

Some top tips for writing your manifesto:

  • Be concise and use clear language. Avoid long, complicated words.
  • Type it out and ensure you use an easy to read font, like Arial or Times New Roman.
  • Set out your goals for your time in office and ensure they are realistic & achievable – officers are accountable to the student body who may ask why you have not managed to rebuild the Union building.
  • Your manifesto is about you and not about your opponents. Avoid discrediting and disrespecting others. 
  • Be relevant. Demonstrate and showcase your skills, such as leadership, negotiation, diplomacy and team work.
  • Keep it to a maximum of one side of A4; request further guidance by emailing to ausareps@abdn.ac.uk.
  • Be creative and inspiring, but remember to respect the existing rules.


Once you have drafted your manifesto, you can request us to check that it complies with all relevant rules and policies by emailing to ausareps@abdn.ac.uk

Take a look at this video from another Student Union in England to have some tips on a manifesto:


Good luck!

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