Up and down the country, students are heading to University. Be it as a fresher, or returning, the first week of the academic week is full of all sorts of interesting experiences.
I’ve written a brief guide for Conservative Future member venturing off to University for the first time which can be read here.
For those of you planning on assisting University branches with their recruitment drive, Conservative Way Forward wants to hear from you!
We want your pictures, stories and to know how well you’ve done. Submissions will feature in my full write up coming soon. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A special thank you to Nicola Richards and her team at Dudley College for the amazing contribution (top image)!
Tips for membership maximization:
- Be loud, colourful and friendly: Freshers’ Fayre is a fascinating event. It’s like any old marketplace. Groups hunt and plea for members and there’s lots of competition. The difference between activities based societies and political societies it that our clientele are much more specific. Most CF enthusiasts will actively hunt your stand or join up online beforehand. There will be some however, that are curious and may just want to see what CF is about. Make a note of those people and be sure to make them feel very welcome at the first social. Encourage them to bring a friend if necessary!
- Don’t just push for numbers- seek out activists: When I was I a Uni CF Chairman, I loved winding up the Labour and Liberal Democrat societies. We’d always have stacks of sign ups and always fought to be ‘the biggest political society on campus’. Whilst it’s fun, an effective branch needs dedicated members that up for campaigning as well as socialising.
- Have an event lined up quickly: It’s important that you captivate the enthusiasm of your new signups. First year students are usually keen to meet as many people as possible and a CF social will convince them that you’re not only fun but active. If they have an enjoyable social, they will be much more likely to come along to future campaigning events.
- Keep social media up to date: Be sure to have an active branch social media feed. This will also help you connect quickly with your membership.
We look forward to hearing from you. Good luck!
Mo Metcalf-Fisher is the Contributing Editor of Conservative Way Forward. Follow him on Twitter here