Campaigning for this year's Guild Elections began on Wednesday as candidates gathered at Mermaid Square for the drop of the banner that would mark the opening of the Guild Elections 2014.
As cameras were positioned waiting to cover the event, it emerged that due to a last-minute approval of a third Vice President (Education) candidate on Tuesday night, the dropping of the banner was to be postponed until 10am on Friday.
Despite this initial issue, the candidates posed for a photo in Mermaid Square before the official start of campaigning was marked by a countdown. Campaign teams cheered and they then dispersed, clothed in painted t-shirts and armed with makeshift signs to transform the university campus into an array of coloured cardboard.
Aside from the main Edgbaston campus, candidates targeted the Vale in an attempt to gain first-year votes. The route from the Vale to campus was strewn with slogans with pleas to vote. In just a few hours, trees, barriers and the library were covered with campaigning material.
As the cardboard banners filled Chancellor's Courtyard, candidates were out on the ground campaigning and speaking to students. They also did lecture shout-outs and launched their social media campaigns.
The five presidential candidates include current President Poppy Wilkinson, third year Archaeology student George Derbyshire, second year Political Science student Edward Sainsbury, War Studies student Maximilian Shapiro and third year Social Policy student Benjamin Puusta. All of these candidates will be taking part in a Presidential Debate on Saturday 1st March in the Guild Council Chambers which is open to all students - the event begins at 7pm.