What do Full-time Officers do?

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!

Who can be a Full-time Officer?

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.

 

What support do Full-time Officers get?

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.

What is it like to work full-time for the Students' Union?

We're a friendly bunch of people to work with and offer a supportive work environment.

Full-time elected officers get paid a basic wage (currently around £17,500), 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).

What roles are available?
 

You can find overviews of the roles below, or view the full role descriptions here: Officer Role Descriptions. 

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:

  • Promoting and championing involvement in, and the success of student societies, sport clubs, and student media.
  • To ensure Sussex students have a fair and equal access to student-led activities.
  • Championing wider engagement within the Students’ Union.
  • Chair of the Societies Committee and Sports Committee.
  • Leading on the employability agenda within the Union; ensuring student views are heard by Careers & Employability Centre.
  • To talk to students electronically and face-to-face and share their concerns and ideas.
  • To talk to the club and society members, Students’ Union and University staff.
  • To campaign for change using student ideas and concerns as a focus.
  • To promote and bring about change based on manifesto promises.
  • To act as a responsible Trustees of the Students’ Union.
  • To be professional in fulfilling their elected role and duties.

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:

  • Figurehead of the organisation.
  • Taking a student lead on representation & strategy.
  • Ensuring the student voice is heard with regards to developments within the University.
  • Taking a student lead on Students’ Union Commercial services.
  • Overseeing internal and external communications.
  • Chair of Trustee Board, Trading Company Board and the Students’ Union Executive Committee.
  • Taking a sabbatical lead for elections and the democratic structures of the Students’ Union.
  • To talk to students electronically and face-to-face and share their concerns and ideas.
  • To talk to the Students’ Union Councillors, Students’ Union and University staff.
  • To campaign for change using student ideas and concerns as a focus.
  • To promote and bring about change based on manifesto promises.
  • To be professional in fulfilling their elected role and duties.

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:

  • Proactively championing the learner voice throughout the University's academic structures and acting as the main point of contact for the University on matters relating to undergraduate student education
  • Overseeing the work of the undergraduate Student Reps in the Student Representative Scheme; reporting out on impact and successes achieved by students for their peers
  • Overseeing the entire undergraduate academic experience; ensuring that the learning spaces and necessary resources are available for all areas of the student body
  • To talk to students electronically and face-to-face and share their concerns and ideas.
  • To talk to the Postgraduate Education Officer, Students’ Union and University staff.
  • To campaign for change using student ideas and concerns as a focus.
  • To promote and bring about change based on manifesto promises.
  • To act as a responsible Trustees of the Students’ Union.
  • To be professional in fulfilling their elected role and duties.

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:

  • Proactively championing the learner and researcher voice throughout the University's academic structures and acting as the main point of contact for the University on matters relating to postgraduate student education
  • Overseeing the work of the postgraduate Student Reps in the Student Representative Scheme; reporting out on impact and successes achieved by students for their peers
  • Overseeing the entire postgraduate academic experience; ensuring that the learning spaces and necessary resources are available for all areas of the student body
  • Supporting and promoting the work of the Postgraduate Association.
  • To talk to students electronically and face-to-face and share their concerns and ideas.
  • To talk to the Postgraduate Association Committee, Undergraduate Education Officer, Students’ Union and University staff.
  • To campaign for change using student ideas and concerns as a focus.
  • To promote and bring about change based on manifesto promises.
  • To act as a responsible Trustees of the Students’ Union.
  • To be professional in fulfilling their elected role and duties.

The Society & Citizenship Officer represents students in matters relating to active citizenship, community engagement, and ethical & environmental action. Their key responsibilities:

  • Promoting and championing students’ active involvement in the decisions affecting them in the community, University and on the campus.
  • Acting as the principal point of contact for student matters in the local community.
  • Promoting and championing student involvement in local and national elections.
  • Leading on the student support agenda within the local community and nationally.
  • Supporting and championing the work of community representative and ethical and environmental representative volunteers.
  • To be responsible for the promotion and implementation of the Students’ Union’s ethical and environmental work.
  • To talk to students electronically and face-to-face and share their concerns and ideas.
  • To talk to Students’ Union and University staff.
  • To campaign for change using student ideas and concerns as a focus.
  • To promote and bring about change based on manifesto promises.
  • To act as a responsible Trustees of the Students’ Union.
  • To be professional in fulfilling their elected role and duties.
The Welfare Officer ensures that each and every student has adequate support for any issues that they might encounter as a student at the University of Sussex and to proactively represent students’ rights on and off campus. Their key responsibilities:
  • Proactively championing student rights and safety, in the University and on the campus.
  • Leading on the student support, health and well-being agenda within the University.
  • Supporting and championing the work of campaigning volunteers.
  • To be responsible for the promotion and implementation of the Students’ Union’s equality and diversity and mental well-being work.
  • To work with the liberation campaigning groups.
  • To talk to students electronically and face-to-face and share their concerns and ideas.
  • To talk to the Part-time liberation Officers, Students’ Union and University staff.
  • To campaign for change using student ideas and concerns as a focus.
  • To promote and bring about change based on manifesto promises.
  • To act as a responsible Trustees of the Students’ Union.
  • To be professional in fulfilling their elected role and duties.