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The benefits

As well as the chance to make a real difference to the lives of students at Sussex there are a number of amazing personal benefits to being an officer or rep;

Full-time officers

  • the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run and direct a large organisation with an annual turnover of £3 million and a membership of around 14,000 students 
  • exceptional experience ‘in the field/industry’ which sends you leaps and bounds up the career ladder in comparison to other recent graduates, invaluable for any future career
  • a salary of around £20,000 per year
  • 20 days holiday plus the University’s closure days of the University (usually an additional 8 days)
  • Students finishing their course, e.g. taught postgraduate students, are entitled to paid study leave over the summer (half a day a week plus three additional days)
  • we can write references, e.g. for job applications, for students who are or have been elected officers or reps. Just contact us if you'd like a reference

Other positions

  • develop your skills in areas such as project management, planning and running a campaign, advocacy
  • contribute to improving the Students' Union and University for current and future students
  • training and support to help you carry out your role
  • we can write references, e.g. for job applications, for students who are or have been elected officers or reps. Just contact us if you'd like a reference
     

The responsibilities

Full-time officers

Whilst being a Full-time Officer is an exciting opportunity it also brings with it the need for a head for responsibility and a commitment to:

  • working around a typical 9am-5.30pm working day, Monday to Friday, though you can work flexibly
  • but being flexible as you're likely to have to work some evenings and weekends
  • working co-operatively with your fellow officers and Students' Union employed staff
  • being a trustee – this means you and the other full-time officers will collectively be legally responsible for the general  control and management of the administration of the Union, and there are legal restrictions barring certain people from being a trustee.

The responsibilities of full-time officers are set down in the Union's constitution, and are further explained on the in the election pages. This gives both the key responsibilities common to all full-time officer roles, and those appropriate to the particular post you're interested in. 

Other positions

  • attend Students' Union and University meetings that are relevant to your post (if applicable)
  • working co-operatively with other officers, staff and volunteers
  • various responsibilities directly related to your post

The responsibilities of officers and reps are set down in the Union's constitution, and are further explained on the election pages.


Legal responsibilities of Trustees

The University of Sussex Students’ Union is a registered charity. There is lots of legislation and case law concerned with our activities and with the conduct of our Full-time Officers and Student Trustees who are the Students’ Union’s Trustees.

The Full-time Officers are Company Directors of the Students' Union. The President also acts as Company Directors for the Union’s trading company.

Below is a list of circumstances that may prevent you from becoming a trustee or company director.

If you want to ask for clarification on any of these points, please come and speak to Paul Newton, Cheif Executive (senior member of staff) or e-mail him at Paul.N@sussexstudent.com

You are not allowed to be a Trustee or Company Director if you:

  1. Have been convicted at any time of any offence involving deception or dishonesty, unless the conviction is legally regarded as spent.
  2. Are an undischarged bankrupt.
  3. Have made compositions with your creditors and have not been discharged.
  4. Have at any time been removed by the Commissioners or by the Court in England, Wales or Scotland from being a Trustee because of misconduct.
  5. Are disqualified from being a Company Director.
  6. Have failed to make payments under the County Court Administrators’ orders.

If you are in any doubt about your eligibility to act as a Trustee you should either seek your own legal advice or contact the Charity Commission.

If you apply as a candidate for Full-time Office, you will be required to sign that you have read and understood the above criteria, and confirm that you are eligible to exercise the rights, duties and responsibilities of a Trustee of the Union and those of a Company Director.