What does your role involve?
My role involves working with elected officers, both full time and part-time to increase and enhance the democratic engagement in the Student’s Union / Student Association. The main aspect of my job is planning and running the annual elections, supporting the officer’s with their campaigns, organizing and assisting with monthly student council meetings and also delivering training to officers.
On top of the democratic aspect, I also assist with the governance of the Student’s Union / Student Association, through assisting with senior leadership meetings, board of trustee sub-committee’s and overseeing the governance documents such as the bye-laws and the constitution.
What’s the best thing about it?
The best thing about my job is assisting and enabling student’s to become changemakers and giving them the necessary tools to be able to lead and run a membership led organization. Further, seeing an organisation grow directly because of changes you have made is positive and very fulfilling.
How did you get here?
I was heavily involved with my Student’s Union / Student Association as a student, and I saw the amazing and vital work that SU’s / Student Association can do to change and improve student’s lives. I also studied a politics degree and have always been interested in political structures and organisations so the job is perfectly aligned with my interests.
What’s was the most helpful piece of learning you picked up along the way?
The best piece of advice that I have learned whilst in the student movement is to network and never be afraid to ask for help or advice. Through learning from other’s and sharing ideas and best practice, this enables me to be more bold in my role and always willing to try new and innovative ideas that will improve the student’s union / student association.