Full Time Officers

Elected Officers Team

The Elected Officers are a team of four representatives (Students' Union President, Vice President Education, Vice President Welfare and Vice President Activities) who work together to lead the Students' Union.

Each of these roles are a paid, full-time role where you'll also have access to a supportive and experienced staff team.

If elected to any of the Elected Officer roles, you will earn an annual salary of £19,400 - starting when the role officially begins on 1st July 2024.

You'll also receive a range of other benefits including things like; 30 days annual leave + bank holidays and other discretionary days off, access to a range of training and development opportunities, plus a variety of other benefits for being an employee of the Students' Union.

Being a trustee

All Full-time Officers are trustees of the Students’ Union. This means that if elected, you would be a member of the trustee board that makes decisions about the direction, strategy and finances of the organisation. Trustees have overall control of a charity and are responsible for making sure it’s doing what it was set up to do. Being a Trustee at UCLan Students’ Union means making decisions that will impact students’ lives.

If you have any questions about any of the Elected Officer roles, drop us an email at yourunion@uclan.ac.uk.

Role Descriptions

 

The Students' Union President represents all UCLan students at a University, local and even national level. They regularly meet with the University's Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor's Group to share students' feedback and champion their concerns to ensure that the student voice is heard at the most senior level. The President is also the official spokesperson for the Students' Union, is the Chair of the Trustee Board and also has a seat on the University board.

Some of the things that previous Presidents have worked on in recent years:

 

Launching an E-mentoring scheme: to support BAME students in developing skills and planning for future employment.

 

Oasis Multi-faith Centre: over a 10 year span, multiple Presidents, Students’ Councillors and key volunteers campaigned tirelessly to get a purpose-built multi-faith centre available on campus.

Download a copy of Bye-Law 4 with the full outline of the Elected Officer responsibilities.

 

The Vice President Education represents all students' academic interests while studying at the University. They regularly meet with senior figures of the University who are responsible for the teaching and learning, academic support and overall student experience. The role works with elected School Presidents and Course Reps to amplify the student voice at all levels of the University.

 

Putting an end to essay mills: Our previous VP Education worked on a national level to campaign for the banning of essay mills, to protect students from falling foul of academic misconduct.

 

Review of Mitigating Circumstances policy: To make it more inclusive, fairer and easier for students to access.

Download a copy of Bye-Law 4 with the full outline of the Elected Officer responsibilities.

 

The Vice President Welfare's remit is focusing on how students are supported while at University. They regularly meet with key University and external services which offer support to students on everything from mental health and wellbeing, to housing and disability support to ensure students are able to access services they need to support them through their studies. They also work with our elected Liberation Reps, who represent the voices and needs of marginalised students at UCLan.

Some of the things that previous VP Welfares have been involved in are:

 

Free Period Provisions: After a student submitted an idea to Your Big Ideas, your Vice President Welfare worked with a group of students to provide free sanitary products for students that menstruate.

 

Gender Neutral Toilets: After years of campaigning, it was finally granted to us thanks to the hard work of your various VP Welfares over the years. As a Union we want to promote an inclusive, welcoming and safe campus for all students; a gender neutral toilet in our building was an important thing to lobby for.

Download a copy of Bye-Law 4 with the full outline of the Elected Officer responsibilities.

 

The Vice President Activities role works with our Students' Union Sports Clubs, Societies, Student Media and Volunteering to ensure that not only is there lots of great opportunities for students to be involved in, but also that we're continually developing our student groups and volunteers. The role also regularly meets with key University services and facilities to ensure student groups are able to make the most of things like the UCLan Sports Arena and other spaces on campus.

Over the years, different Vice President Activities have achieved the following things:

 

Wednesday Afternoons free from teaching: Here at the Union we understand the importance of having free time to take part in sports, societies and volunteering each week- it helps you succeed and enjoy your time here at UCLan. That’s why past VP Activities have made sure the University keep Wednesday afternoons free from teaching.

 

Increased funding for sports and societies through grants: We know that funding is key to you being able to do the activities you want to. That’s why your VP Activities in the past have secured additional funding for our sports and societies groups.

Download a copy of Bye-Law 4 with the full outline of the Elected Officer responsibilities.

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