Nominations for our Spring Elections are well underway, but there’s still time to put yourself forward to become a Full-Time Officer (also known as Sabbatical Officer). These are paid positions, with a competitive starting salary of £20,989. These roles are perfect for those of you graduating this year (or for anyone willing to take a gap year to get some work experience), who would like to represent and improve a particular aspect of student life.

This week we will be providing you with an overview of each Sabbatical Officer role to give you a better understanding of what you can expect. Today we’ll be looking at Union President and Vice-President Welfare…


Union President

Leader of the pack? Ready to embark on a new, exciting challenge? Motivated with big dreams for the Union that you’re ready to put into action?

This role is ideal for a passionate, driven and determined leader. You’ll take overall responsibility for the Union, act as our figurehead and represent the views and interests of our 24,000 members. As well as this, you’ll manage relations with the University, media outlets and stakeholders – with support from the Senior Leadership Team and Marketing and Communications team, of course!

Managing finances, monitoring budgets and chairing the Trustee Board are some other key features of the role. You’ll also take charge and give directions to the other Full-Time and Part-Time Officers, and assist them across a diverse range of projects and campaigns to ensure that they are best they can be. Above all, you’ll work with the Chief Executive to help us fulfill our Mission: To unlock the potential and enrich the life of every student.


VP Welfare

Blue Planet lover? Recycling advocate? Loving the new range of vegan and vegetarian options in The Bridge and The Shop?

This role is perfect for someone with a strong desire to work with our Student Life and Sustainability teams to champion sustainability across the Union and University and improve students’ wellbeing. You’ll be passionate about educating our members on the ways they can become more environmentally friendly and have a bunch of great ideas on how to do so. As a naturally caring person, you’ll also lead our campaigns that aim to help and support members affected by a range of issues, including mental and/or physical problems, housing and financial issues.


Don’t forget…

We have drop-in sessions where our current Sabbatical Officers and Union Coordinators will be available to answer your questions. Click here for location and time details.

International students wishing to apply for a role can ask for an extension of Tier 4 Visas, as specified in the Education Act.


Keep posted on our blog tomorrow, when we will be exploring the roles of VP Engagement and VP Education.

Nominations close on Monday 05 February – head over to susu.org/elections for more information and to kick-start your career today.

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