Full-time officers are Sussex/BSMS students who are elected to work in a paid position in the Students' Union for an academic year. Students can either take a year out from their studies or final years tudents can stand for office for the year following their graduation.
Full-time officers are members of many Students' Union and University committees such as Union Council and Executive Committee. All officers are responsible for the overall direction of the Students' Union but each officer also a particular area of responsibility - there are six different positions available, so it's likely that there'll be something to grab your interest!
You can see an outline of the responsibilities below or on the Full-time Officer Manifesto Templates.
Any current Sussex or BSMS student can nominate themself.
Students who have Tier 4 immigration permission (leave) can undertake a full-time sabbatical officer post. You can read this article for more information on the specifics of this.
As Full-time Officers are trustees of the Students' Union there are certain categories of people who may not legally be a trustee or company director. So that the Union can be satisfied that you will be able to carry out the role if elected, you need to complete a charity trustee declartion and return it to the Returning Officer before the nomination can be confirmed.
You can expect support and advice from the other officers and Union staff. Full-time Officers are allocated staff members to support them during their time in office and work closely with other staff members and officers on relevant projects.
Full-time Officers receive an extensive induction training programme and take part in a leadership course accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Managerment.
You may also wish to be involved in specialist training or make use of online material that may be available through national organisations such as the NUS or the Charity Commission.
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Full-time elected officers get paid a basic wage (currently around £20,000), and are still classed by the Students' Union as students whilst they are in office. Full-time Officers, like other Union staff, have 20 days of annual leave plus University closure days. There is scope to work flexibly.
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).
You can find overviews of the roles below, or view the full role descriptions here: Officer Role Descriptions.
Full-time Officer Candidates should use this Manifesto Template to understand their roles and how they should structure their manifestos.
The Activities Officer represents students in matters relating to active involvement within the Students’ Union and its societies, sport, volunteering and other student-led activities. Their key responsibilities:
The Students’ Union President is ultimately responsible for the leadership and direction of the Students’ Union, through their role as chair of Students’ Union Executive Committee, Trading Company Board and the Trustee Board. Is responsible for overseeing communication between the Students’ Union and its members, as well as maintaining an overview of all Students’ Union activities. Their key responsibilities:
The Undergraduate Education Officer represents the undergraduate student body in their education needs and progression, supporting academic representatives and acting for improvement with regard to learning and teaching. Their key responsibilities:
The Postgraduate Education Officer represents the postgraduate student body in their education needs and progression, supporting academic representatives and acting for improvement with regard to learning and teaching. Their key responsibilites:
The Society & Citizenship Officer represents students in matters relating to active citizenship, community engagement, and ethical & environmental action. Their key responsibilities:
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