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Students' Union Officer Election 2020

To take part, please log in to our website. This is the first election for the Students' Union Executive Team with the new Full Time Officer roles. These roles have been reviewed over the last few months and in consultation with students, a new Officer Team has been created. For more info, go to our website: https://www.sussexstudent.com/elections The Trustees oversee the Students' Union's activities as part of its charity trustee board.

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(Full time / paid) Diversity, Access and Participation Officer

The Diversity, Access and Participation Officer represents students from marginalised backgrounds, including women students, BAME (Black,Asian and Minority Ethnic) students, students of faith, LGBTQ+ students;and students with disabilities.They work on removing barriers to participation and success for students from these groups.

Main purpose of the role:
To support students from marginalised backgrounds, including women students, BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) students, students of faith, LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities.

Key responsibilities:
To be responsible for the promotion and implementation of the Students’ Union’s equality and diversity work. To implement the recommendations from the BME Attainment Gap Report.
To lobby and work with the University to create training for staff that effectively tackles racism, sexism, ableism, classism and homophobia.
To promote a more diverse and inclusive Students’ Union.
To work on removing barriers to participation and success for students from marginalised groups.
To be at the forefront of the development of equality & diversity activities within the Union as well as undertaking work to embed these values in the student experience.
To communicate and work with the Part-time Liberation Officers, Students’ Union and University staff. To see the part-time liberation Officers regularly; once every two-three weeks.
To campaign for change using student ideas and concerns as a focus.
To talk to students electronically and face-to-face and share their concerns and ideas.
To work with the student liberation campaigning groups. Campaigning to protect specific student minority groups.
To ensure all of the University’s campuses are welcome, open and inclusive environments for all students to live and study in.
To attend relevant committees at the University as required (e.g. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion). 
To promote and bring about change based on manifesto promises.
To act as a responsible Trustees of the Students’ Union.
 

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(Full time / paid) Education and Employability Officer

The Education and Employability Officer represents the student body in their education needs and progression, supporting academic representatives and acting for improvement with regard to learning, teaching.and employability.

Main purpose of the role:
The Education and Employability Officer represents the student body in their education and employability needs and progression. This Officer supports both undergraduate and postgraduate academic representatives and assists with improvement with regard to learning, teaching and employability.

Key responsibilities:
To proactively champion the learner voice throughout the University's academic structures and acting as the main point of contact for the University on matters relating to student education and employability.
To oversee the work of the undergraduate and postgraduate Student Reps in the Student Representative Scheme; reporting on impact and successes achieved by students for their peers.
To oversee the entire 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 be in contact with the Part-time Postgraduate Taught Officer, Part-time Postgraduate Research Officer, Students’ Union and University staff.
To campaign for change using student ideas and concerns as a focus.
To attend relevant committees at the University as required. (be a member of Senate, to Chair the Student Experience Forum.)
To work closely with the Library and University Schools.
Leading on the employability agenda within the Union; ensuring student views are heard by Careers & Employability Centre.
To promote and bring about change based on manifesto promis
 

You can find more information about the Full-Time Officer roles including role descriptions here: Full-Time Officer Information

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(Full time / paid) International Students' Officer

The International Students' Officer ensures that the views and needs of those students that international (EU and Non-EU) are reflected throughout the Students’ Union’s activities and within the University.

Main purpose of the role:
The International Students’ Officer represents all international students at the University. This Officer will support international students and lobby for concerns and issues relevant to them.

Key responsibilities:
To assist in the smooth transition of incoming international students’ to the University and assist in initiatives to help them settle in. 
To represent international students and international exchange students on campus.
Encourage and support international students to organise activities and cultural events for their communities.
To assist in providing academic support to international students.
To support international students to campaign for change in order to improve their time at University.
Take a lead on issues related to housing for international students, e.g. guarantors, deposits, viewings, quality, availability and price. 
To assist with international student living issues such as banking, healthcare and transportation.
Lobby the interests and demands of international students at the University, e.g. to reduce the cost of education for international students, more international scholarships, etc. 
To attend disciplinary panels, academic misconduct panels, various University committees, 1-2-1 meetings with senior management at the University, to lead/chair on relevant Union committees/meetings e.g. the International Students’ Working Group and attend relevant University committees/meetings such as the Brexit Steering Group.
To talk to international students electronically and face-to-face and share their concerns and ideas.
To promote and bring about change based on manifesto promises.
To act as a responsible Trustees of the Students’ Union.
 

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(Full time / paid) Sports, Societies and Events Officer

The Sports, Societies and Events Officer represents students in matters relating to active involvement within the Students’ Union and its sports, societies, volunteering and other student-led activities.

Main purpose of the role:
The Sports, Societies and Events Officer represents students in matters relating to active involvement within the Students’ Union and its sports, societies, volunteering and other student-led activities.

Key responsibilities:
Promoting and championing involvement in, and the success of student Societies, Sport clubs, events and student Media.
To ensure Sussex students have a fair and equal access to student-led activities.
Championing wider engagement within the Students’ Union through talking to engaged students to develop their participation within the Union and reaching out to unengaged students to demonstrate the potential benefits of participation within the Union.
Reducing any barriers to participation through listening and reacting to students’ feedback
To talk to the club and society members, Students’ Union and University staff. 
To talk to students electronically and face-to-face and share their concerns and ideas.
To actively promote student involvement and support student-led initiatives and campaigns to combat any issues affecting the students you represent. 
To attend relevant committees at the University as required (e.g. Chair of Sports Reps/Societies Committee, and Complaints and Mediation for Sports and Societies Students).
To promote and bring about change based on manifesto promises.
To act as a responsible Trustees of the Students’ Union.

 

You can find more information about the Full-Time Officer roles including role descriptions here: Full-Time Officer Information

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(Full time / paid) Student Living and Sustainability Officer

The Student Living and Sustainability Officer works to support and improve all students' living experiences including transport, housing, community, campus facilities and affordability. They represent the interests of students relating to ethical and environmental issues and support student initiatives which promote sustainability across the university.

Main purpose of the role:
To support and improve all students' living experiences including transport, housing, community, campus facilities and affordability. To represent the interests of students relating to ethical and environmental issues. To support students initiatives which promote sustainability across the university.

Key responsibilities:
To work towards ensuring affordable housing for students on campus.
To lobby for a rent reduction strategy in University accommodation which continues to protect quality of service, with affordable options for students.
To lobby the University to put students first when making decisions that would affect them.
To ensure affordable, accessible and high quality transport for students.
To lead on any issues relating to student affordability, campus prices and improvements.
Promoting and championing student involvement in local and national elections.
To create more awareness of sustainability and the climate and ecological crisis.
Lobby the University to respond to the urgency of the climate and ecological crisis.
To lobby university management and create a comprehensive sustainability policy.
To educate all students about the diverse nature of sustainability and the urgency of climate breakdown, and help to mainstream sustainability across the university.
To work on issues regarding waste management on campus.
To be responsible for ensuring that the University and the Students' Union operates in an ethically and environmentally sound manner.
Represent the interests of students at the Students’ Union on issues relating to the environment and sustainability.
To work alongside relevant student initiatives and campaigns.
To promote and bring about change based on manifesto promises.
To act as a responsible Trustees of the Students’ Union
 

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(Full time / paid) Wellbeing Officer

The Wellbeing 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.

You can find more information about the Full-Time Officer roles including role descriptions here: Full-Time Officer Information

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(Part-time / voluntary) LGBTQ+ Students Officer

The LGBTQ+ Students Officer exists to ensure that the views and needs of those students that identify as LGBTQ+ are reflected throughout the Students’ Union’s activities and within the University. Two students can run for and share the role of Part-Time Officer. To do this, one of the candidates in the pair needs to nominate themselves online and then email the Returning Officer to let them know that they are standing for the role as a role-share with the details of the person they ar

You can view more information about the Part-Time Officer roles, including the full role description here: Part-Time Officer Information

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(Part-time / voluntary) Students with Disabilities Officer

The Students with Disabilities Officer exists to ensure that the views and needs of those students with disabilities are reflected throughout the Students’ Union’s activities and within the University. Two students can run for and share the role of Part-Time Officer. To do this, one of the candidates in the pair needs to nominate themselves online and then email the Returning Officer to let them know that they are standing for the role as a role-share with the details of the person they are r

You can view more information about the Part-Time Officer roles, including the full role description here: Part-Time Officer Information

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(Part-time / voluntary) Women Students Officer

The Women Students Officer exists to ensure that the views and needs of those students that identify as women are reflected throughout the Students’ Union’s activities and within the University. Two students can run for and share the role of Part-Time Officer. To do this, one of the candidates in the pair needs to nominate themselves online and then email the Returning Officer to let them know that they are standing for the role as a role-share with the details of the person they are running

You can view more information about the Part-Time Officer roles, including the full role description here: Part-Time Officer Information

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(Part-time / voluntary) Trans & Non-Binary Students Officer

The Trans and Non-Binary Students Officer exists to ensure that the views and needs of those students that identify as trans or non-binary are reflected throughout the Students’ Union’s activities and within the University. Two students can run for and share the role of Part-Time Officer. To do this, one of the candidates in the pair needs to nominate themselves online and then email the Returning Officer to let them know that they are standing for the role as a role-share with the details of

You can view more information about the Part-Time Officer roles, including the full role description here: Part-Time Officer Information

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BAME Students Officer (part-time)

The BAME Students Officer exists to ensure that the views and needs of those students that identify as black or minority ethnic are reflected throughout the Students’ Union’s activities and within the University. Two students can run for and share the role of Part-Time Officer. To do this, one of the candidates in the pair needs to nominate themselves online and then email the Returning Officer to let them know that they are standing for the role as a role-share with the details of the person

You can view more information about the Part-Time Officer roles, including the full role description here: Part-Time Officer Information

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Student Trustee (3 places)

Three Student Trustees will be elected. Trustees sit on the Board of Trustees for the Students' Union. Trustees are not be involved in day to day affairs, but take an overview of how the Students' Union is performing, both financially and in delivering services to students. You can see the Student Trustee Information Pack here: https://tinyurl.com/sussexstudenttrustee

You can see the much more information about being a Student Trustee in the Student Trustee Information Pack. 

To find out more about the Student Trustee elections including information about what Trustees do and who can be a Trustee click here: Student Trustee Information

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