2nd January 2020

Women's Officer

Role Description

Salary: £19,730 (TBC by SU Council)
Purpose: To represent the views, interests and needs of women students and to champion and campaign for equality and liberation. In particular, to:
  • Represent the views, and promote the interests, of women students and of the other liberation groups within the SU and the University
  • Lead campaigns to create an environment free from sexism and all of forms of discrimination
  • Develop and support programmes to tackle current issues affecting women students
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 woman student can stand (self-defining – i.e. anyone who identifies as a woman regardless of gender allocated at birth).
Other Info: All elected officers also become Trustees of the SU. Candidates must meet criteria for trustees (e.g. not be bankrupt).
Chapters
  1. Role Description
  2. Specific Responsibilities

Specific Responsibilities

Represent the views, and promote the interests, of women students and other liberation groups

  • Represent women students, working with the University and SU to promote their interests, views and welfare.
  • Support and promote the work of Women’s Committee, Disabled Students’ Committee, BME students’ Committee and LGBT+ Committee.
  • Working with the Advice Centre, ensure women students are well supported, acting as a contact for individual international students where appropriate.
  • Liaise with other students’ unions to promote the interests of women students.
  • Support and promote the work of Representative Councillors for liberation groups.

Lead campaigns to create an environment free from sexism and all of forms of discrimination

  • Lead initiatives and campaigns to tackle sexism and oppression. Areas of focus may include institutional sexism, discrimination, equal pay, harassment and violence.
  • Organise initiatives with the University Harassment Network
  • Coordinate activities to create an inclusive environment free from discrimination.

Develop and support programmes to tackle current issues affecting women students

  • Oversee Biteback in conjunction with the South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association (SYEDA), the University Health Service and the University Counselling Service.
  • Oversee the organisation and publicity of services to enhance women’s safety, including the night safety bus, provision of safety alarms and the production of information.

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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