This year, as a response to a student survey and in collaboration with your full time Elected Officers, Hertfordshire Students Union is introducing five brand new Campaign Officers roles which will look to better represent student groups and ensure their voices are heard. The roles will be a paid part time postion based on a commitment to 7 hours a week working towards a student focused campaign.
We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated individuals to run in this months by-election who will work to enhance the student experience to ensure fair representation across the University of Hertfordshire.
The five campaign officers are:
1 x International Officer
1 x BAME Officer
1 x Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Officer
1 x Commuters Students Officer
1 x Post-Graduate Officer
6 x NUS Delegates
Nominations - October 15th - 19th
Voting - 22nd October - 26th
Why Campaign Officers?
The campaign officer positions have been decided by Full Time Elected Officers and UH Students via an online poll, a ballot on College Lane and a social media voting campaign. These roles will allow groups of students that may not have a voice the chance to speak out, have their say in the university experience and create a positive environment for students to thrive.
What would the campaign officers do?
Each campaign officer will work on at least one campaign specifically related to their officer role, but all the officers will:
- Work closely and report to the Full Time Elected Officers of the Student Union
- Support clubs, societies and projects that have complementary aims and objectives
- Work closely with their interest groups to represent academic and extra-curricular interests
- Act as an ambassador for the Students’ Union throughout the University
- Be fully trained and develop skills which will enhance personal development
The successful candidates will need to work at least 7 hours a week, working on specific campaigns and issues with some involvement in Student Union Policy for example Union Council and Student Officer Committee.
What benefits will the campaign officers receive?
In return, all the campaign officers will be rewarded a £750 bursary for their commitment and hard-work. The bursary will be awarded based on 7 hours a week which will work towards successful outcomes and appraisals. More importantly, you will actively make a change to the student experience at the University of Hertfordshire and across the Students’ Union, whether this is extra-curricular events run by you, or lobbying with the university to make a positive change. Plus, it is something excellent to put on your CV and to talk about with potential employers!
Interested in one of these roles?
If you are interested in becoming one of the five campaign officers, make sure you nominate yourself for the upcoming by-elections on the 15th October 2018 supported by a well planned manifesto and campaign plan.
You can do this by following this link: https://hertfordshire.su/your-say/byelections18/stand/
Ensure that you are signed in on your student account and click on ‘Stand in Election’ to nominate yourself!
You will then have a week to campaign in and around campus to get students to vote for you in the By-Election.
The votes will then be counted and the roles elected.
If you have any other questions or queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also come in and speak to staff or the officers about the roles or visit the Students' Union Website for more info about the elections.
We look forward to hearing from you. Good Luck!
Which role is right for you?
- With 3,700 students from 134 different countries studying at UH, there is a huge demand for an international officer to represent the academic and extra-curricular needs of overseas students. Working closely with the officers and other university departments this role will help internationals settle in at Herts and provide a support network to ensure they get the best out of their time in the UK.
- Black, Asian and Mixed Ethnic Students make up around half of the student population at UH, therefore the BAME officer will hold the responsibility of representing a diverse range of minority groups across the university and give BAME students a voice, this may be by running a successful social action campaign or working with UH staff to represent and combat BAME student issues.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Officer
- The Equality and Diversity and Inclusivity Officer will therefore represent the voice of other minority student groups as Disability Students, LBGT+, Women’s and Mental Health and multi-faith groups. The role would require the officer to collaboratively work with all minority student groups and promote equality on at Herts.
Commuters Students Officer
- By introducing a Commuting Student Officer we hope to address the challenges and needs of commuting students and provide a platform for them to network and campaign about issues affecting them. The Commuters Officer will hope to engage with students and ensure all commuters feel a sense of community and are getting the most out of the university life, whether this is within academics or extra-curricular activities.
- Working with a PG officer HSU will hope to break down barriers between PG Taught and PG research students and help integrate PG students across both campuses. The PG Officer will look to represent and campaign surrounding the PG experience which significantly differs from undergraduate experience, this could be through networking events, trips or working with UH staff.