Sabb and Exec Role Review: Stage 2
The re-shuffle of the Sabbatical Officer positions at SUSU were at last decided at Union Council last term. After much debate, Union Council voted to replace the current six Sabbatical Roles (President, AU Pres, Winchester Pres, Vice Pres Academic Affairs, VP Welfare and Societies, VP Media and Communications) with 7 new ones, as part of an ongoing review of the Sabbatical structure that has been underway since it was promised by former SUSU President Steve O’Reilly at last year’s Union AGM.
The 7 new roles that were decided at council were slightly different to those brought by the current Sabbatical and Exective Officersas the result of the review, there were two major amendments, which placed support of the SUSU Media Departments into the remit of VP Comms and created the role of VP Winchester and Sites.
The new Sabbatical roles will be introduced for the 2011-2012 Sabbatical Team (for which you can nominate yourself to run for from the 2nd of February) and will be as follows.
- Overall leadership of the Union
- Figurehead of the Union
- Chair of Trustees
Vice President (Academic Affairs)
- Defend students’ academic and educational issues and rights
- Amplify student voice through academic representation system
- Promote academic awareness to students
VP (Welfare and Communities)
- Student Welfare
- Promoting Students’ involvement within larger communities
- Supporting particular student communities to enhance their student experience
VP (Sports Development)
- AU Club Development
- Elite Sport
- Sports Participation
VP (Student Engagement)
- Student Led Groups
- Supporting Selected Union Standing Committees (JCR & RAG)
- Leads Union Communications
- Leads on Democratic Processes and Involvement
- Supporting Student Media Groups
VP Winchester and Sites
- The development of Winchester School of Art Students Union (WSASU).
- The development of a volunteer executive team for Winchester campus led by a volunteer Winchester president
- To prepare the structure of the WSASU to be led by volunteers, with the support of SUSU staff, not a Sabbatical.
- To work with all satellite campuses and placement students to determine the support needs of those students.
The next phase of this review is to reconsider the current Executive officer structure. Executive Officers are students who volunteer part time as trustees of the Union with specific responsibilities; sometimes directly complementing the role of a Sabbatical (such as Societies Officer and the Vice Pres for Welfare and Societies) and sometimes independently being responsible for a specific area, without direct Sabb involvement (such as the Environment and Ethics Officer). They are elected during the same elections as the Sabbatical Officers, but the Sabbatical Officers are paid, full time officers who work as trustees of SUSU for a year, usually after they graduate, but sometimes as a year out from their degrees.
There are a number of questions that we have already considered as part of the review of the Executive Officer structure, but we need to know what you think. For instance, should Executive fficers also be trustees of the Union? Should Exec officers have entirely different remits to Sabbatical Officers and only use Sabbs for support, or should their jobs be mirrored within the remit of a Sabbatical Officer? Would some officers who are currently known as admin officers be better off as exec officers (e.g. Wessex Scene Editor, Men’s Officer). How many exec/admin officers do we need? How many trustees do we need?
Currently, there are the following exec officers, who also serve as trustees of SUSU.
- Environment and Ethics Officer
- RAG (Raise and Give) Officer
- AU (Athletic Union) Officer
- Equal Opportunities Officer
- Societies Officer
- Postgraduate Officer
- International Officer
- JCR Officer
- Academic Representation Officer
The review of the Executive Officer structure will be presented at the next Union Council. Give us your thoughts below on how you think the review should go.