Swansea University: Vote 07

Dafydd Vaughan on 15 March 2007

Waterfront Vote 07The last week has been absolutely manic. Why? Because it has been the Swansea University Students’ Union Sabbatical Elections. Since last Thursday (8th March), the 30 candidates have been campaigning on and around campus.

For the elections, the Waterfront plans to offer more coverage to the students than ever before – making full use of their new website. The website will be publishing blogs and photos throughout the night, interviews with the winners (in blog and podcast form), and a live text commentary of how the night is progressing.

This of course has meant that James and I have been working non-stop getting parts of the admin system in place to make that easier, updating parts of the site so they worked better and of course, designing a brand image for all of our coverage.

With the changes made, and the branding placed everywhere from the paper edition of The Waterfront (issue 154) to every page of the website, election week has finally arrived. We started out by publishing each of the 30 candidate manifestos together with some election build up. I also performed my first interview on Friday with Stuart Rice – Students’ Union General Manager which is now podcasted on the Waterfront website.

Yesterday, voting began and all the candidates were busy canvassing for votes up in Hendrefoelan Student Village. Today, voting continues on campus followed by a night of counting and the announcement of the winners.

Keep an eye on the waterfront website for our updates from 7pm this evening – www.waterfrontonline.co.uk.

Any views stated here are my own and not those of my employer unless otherwise stated.