Exeposé News Issue 633, Page 5 (19 January 2015) and Exeposé News online (20 January 2015)
As nominations open this week for the 2015 Sabbatical Election, “strong early attendance” by hopeful candidates at training workshops suggests this year’s election will be highly competitive.
Aimed at students thinking of running to become Sabbatical Officers in next month’s election, the Sabb Candidate Training sessions offer advice on various aspects of campaigning – including team training, making campaigns fun and using social media.
At the beginning of last week, the Guild had received 13 bookings for the optional workshops, alongside seven bookings for compulsory training on 30 January and four bookings for compulsory one to one sessions.
As of last Thursday, 19 students had attended training workshops, with six hopeful candidates having attended all three sessions so far. “This is very pleasing given that nominations haven’t yet opened,” commented a Guild spokesperson.
Nominations are now open, and close at 5pm on Thursday 29 January. The candidates’ manifestos will be released on Monday 2 February, with Campaign Week launching on Monday 9 February. Next year’s Sabbatical Officers and Guild President will be announced on Friday 13 February.
Matt Bate, VP Activities, commented: “The candidate training workshops are a great opportunity for students who are considering running in the sabbatical election to learn about the campaign process and to develop their ideas before committing to the election.
“Strong early attendance at these sessions bodes well for a competitive election trail and I’m very much looking forward to voting week next month.”
More Sabb Candidate Training sessions are being held this week. For more information, or to book onto a session, visit http://www.exeterguild.org/training.