2nd January 2020

SU President

Role Description

Salary: £19,730 (TBC by SU Council)
Purpose: To lead the Students’ Union in representing, campaigning for and serving the needs of students at the University of Sheffield. In particular, to:
  • Lead and support the Officer team
  • Oversee all external lobbying and student representation
  • Be Chair of the Students’ Union Trustee Board
Dates: Thursday 18th June 2020 to July 2021.
Includes 10 mandatory days of handover with the outgoing officer, and a weekend residential in late June or early July.
Who can stand? Any current student.
Other Info: All elected officers also become Trustees of the SU. Candidates must meet criteria for trustees (e.g. not be bankrupt).
  1. Role Description
  2. Specific Responsibilities

Specific Responsibilities

Lead and support the Officer team

  • Manage the other 7 Officers, overseeing their work and supporting them to set, implement and review objectives.
  • Oversee and coordinate shared responsibilities, including by organising and chairing meetings of the Officer team.

Oversee lobbying and student representation

  • Oversee representation of student views and interests to the University and beyond.
  • Oversee how the SU communicates with its student members.
  • Liaise with senior managers about the planning of student services and activities.
  • Organise and lead strong campaigns on issues affecting students.
  • Oversee student elections and referenda, promoting democracy.
  • Take steps to foster a student community which respects the diversity of its membership.
  • Build and develop the SU’s relationship with the University and the city.
  • Oversee the SU’s media relations.

Be Chair of the Students’ Union Trustee Board

  • Ensure effective governance of the SU
  • Be responsible for SU staffing and disciplinary matters.

Shared responsibilities (all officers):

  • Be an active member of the Student Executive Committee (SEC), overseeing SU direction and student representation as a whole.
  • Oversee SU policies and how they are turned into action.
  • Campaign for the rights and interests of students, locally or nationally.
  • Uphold the SU’s democratic processes, including by upholding decisions taken by Referenda and by reporting to SU Council on progress and key issues.
  • Support and develop liberation access.

You can find a full description of responsibilities for all Officers in Sheffield Students’ Union Bye-Law 4.

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