What positions are there and what do they involve?
The positions that are being elected are:
1 x International Officer
1 x BAME Officer
1 x Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Officer
1 x Commuting Students Officer
1 x Post-Graduate Officer
7 x NUS Delegates
- 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. With such a high population of BAME students at Herts, the BAME officer will hold the responsibility of representing a diverse range of minority groups across the university allowing the BAME officer to directly campaign within that student demographic.
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 towards the needs of all minority student groups, which would be highlighted in the role description.
Commuting 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 those barriers with both PG Taught and PG research students across both campuses. The PG Officer will look to represent and campaign surrounding the PG experience which significantly differs from undergraduate experience.
- Each year we send student delegates to NUS Conference, the annual meeting of Students’ Unions. This is the largest democratic gathering of students in the world, and is your chance to have your say on national student representatives and NUS policy.
Why have these opportunities become available?
The campaign officer positions have been decided in consultation with Staff, 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 express their concerns or worries.
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
- Frequently consult and work closely with their interest groups
- Act as an ambassador for the Students’ Union throughout the University
- Are provided with training specific to their role
The successful candidates will need to work at least 7 hours a week, working on SU issues (including meetings like Union Council and Student Officer Committee) and focusing on their specific priorities and campaigns.
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, based on successful outcomes and appraisals. Not only this, but you will actively make a change to the Students’ Union and its students. Plus, it is something excellent to put on your CV and to talk about with potential employers!
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