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RUSU Summer Elections

This is your opportunity to elect students into the Student Trustee roles at RUSU and vacant Part-time Officer and UG Senior Rep positions. Nominations close on Friday 7th May 2021 at 3pm

The polls open at 10:00 on Monday 17 May 2021 (in 2 days and 21 hours)

Student Trustee (2 places)

Student Trustees ensure RUSU is well governed, managed and achieves its aims and objectives in accordance with its vision, mission, and values. Trustees have responsibility for directing the affairs of RUSU with regard to the student perspective, and delivering the charitable outcomes of the organisation.


What’s the role?

Student Trustees ensure Reading University Student Union (RUSU) is well governed, well managed and that we stick to our vision, mission and values. Student Trustees are super important because they have responsibility for ensuring that RUSU’s charitable outcomes and strategy benefit all students at Reading.

What’s involved?

  • Contributing to the strategic leadership of a registered charity
  • Membership of the RUSU Trustee Board
  • Monitoring RUSU’s progress against strategic aims and objectives
  • Opportunities to chair meetings, whilst working on behalf of students
  • Monitoring the financial performance of RUSU to ensure it remains financially secure and accountable

What’s in it for me?

  • A unique position of significant responsibility which will look fantastic on your CV!
  • Excellent experience and invaluable transferable skills
  • Expert training and support
  • Opportunities to network with key university and RUSU staff
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Black Students' Officer

The Black Students’ Officer represents the views and interests of all Black students at a local and even national scale, by acting on behalf of Black students within RUSU, the University, and the National Union of Students (NUS). As Black Students’ Officer, you’ll act as a key point of contact, helping to build a support network for Black students at the University of Reading.

The Black Students’ Part-time Officer forms part of our diversity team, working alongside other student reps to promote the views of the student body. This voluntary role should take no more than 10-12 hours a term to fulfil, though this is flexible depending on you and what you want to achieve.

What does the Black Students’ Officer do?

The Black Students’ Officer represents the views and interests of all Black students at a local and even national scale, by acting on behalf of Black students within RUSU, the University, and the National Union of Students (NUS). As Black Students’ Officer, you’ll act as a key point of contact, helping to build a support network for Black students at the University of Reading.

On top of this, you’ll have the help and resources needed to lead on projects for the benefit of Black students, such as campaigns and events. It’s a great opportunity to develop new skills, all whilst improving the university experience shared by the students you represent.

What skills or experience can I gain?

Becoming a Part-time Officer will give you a number of fantastic opportunities to develop and enhance new skills that you may not get directly from your academic experience. Many of these skills are transferrable, and will be a huge asset to you in the future.

Some examples of these skills include:

  • Project Management & Leadership. You can develop this highly sought after experience by leading on projects for the benefit of Black students.
  • Networking & Teamwork. Get the opportunity to make new contacts within the University and beyond; many of these contacts may provide references for you later down the line! You will also work closely with the Minority Ethnic Students’ Officer to represent all students that define within the category of BAME.
  • Copywriting & Design. You’ll have the opportunity to help develop content for RUSU’s social channels and The Reading Rep magazine, a skill which is very useful in the workplace.

These are just three examples of some of the skills you can gain, but there is the scope for you to develop the skills you value most for your future career. Whether it be policy writing, media creation, or public speaking, we’ll give you the tools to develop your ideas for the benefit of all Black students at Reading.

It sounds great! How do I get the role?

First, you’ll need to ensure you are eligible - RUSU defines a Black student as anyone who self-defines as Black, including, but not limited to, African or Caribbean populations and people of African or Caribbean descent. This can also include students with a Black/mixed ethnic background. You can self-define as a Black student in your elections profile.

You’ll need to nominate yourself for the role when elections open. You’ll then need to submit a short manifesto detailing why you think you would make a great Black Students’ Officer. We have written a guide on how to write a great manifesto to help you to do this.

Even if you decide against running, make sure you self-define and vote in the election to choose who represents you!

Like the idea, but this specific role isn’t for you? Check out our other Part-time Officer roles, or see how else you can get involved.

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Mature Students' Officer

The Mature Students’ Officer represents the views and interests of mature undergraduate and postgraduate students, by acting on behalf of mature students within RUSU and the University. As Mature Students’ Officer, you’ll be invited to attend meetings and discussions to provide insight from a mature student’s perspective. You’ll also act as a key point of contact, helping to build a support network for mature students at the University of Reading.

The Mature Students’ Part-time Officer forms part of our diversity team, working alongside other student reps to promote the views of the student body. This voluntary role should take no more than 10-12 hours a term to fulfil, though this is flexible depending on you and what you want to achieve.

What does the Mature Students’ Officer do?

The Mature Students’ Officer represents the views and interests of mature undergraduate and postgraduate students, by acting on behalf of mature students within RUSU and the University. As Mature Students’ Officer, you’ll be invited to attend meetings and discussions to provide insight from a mature student’s perspective. You’ll also act as a key point of contact, helping to build a support network for mature students at the University of Reading.

On top of this, you’ll have the help and resources needed to lead on projects for the benefit of mature students, such as campaigns and events. It’s a great opportunity to develop new skills, all whilst improving the university experience shared by the students you represent.

What skills or experience can I gain?

Becoming a Part-time Officer will give you a number of fantastic opportunities to develop and enhance new skills that you may not get directly from your academic experience. Many of these skills are transferrable, and will be a huge asset to you in the future.

If you’ve returned to study after spending time in a career, you may be able to use the opportunity to refine your skills, or learn completely new things that you haven’t had the chance to explore before!

Some examples of these skills include:

  • Project Management & Leadership. You can develop and refine this highly sought after experience by leading on projects for the benefit of mature students.
  • Event Planning. Refine or develop skills in event planning & hosting with dedicated support from a team of staff within RUSU.
  • Copywriting & Design. You’ll have the opportunity to help develop content for RUSU’s social channels and The Reading Rep magazine, getting hands on with a range of digital media.

These are just three examples of some of the skills you can gain, but there is the scope for you to develop the skills you value most highly. Whether it be policy writing, media creation, or public speaking, we’ll give you the tools to develop your ideas for the benefit of all mature students.

It sounds great! How do I get the role?

First, you’ll need to ensure you are eligible - RUSU defines a mature student as any undergraduate student who started their course aged 21 and over, or any postgraduate student who started their course aged 25 and over.

RUSU also considers students who self-define as having been financially independent for three years prior to the start of their undergraduate course, as having caring responsibilities and/or as care leavers, as mature students.

You can self-define as a mature student in your elections profile.

You’ll need to nominate yourself for the role when elections open. You’ll then need to submit a short manifesto detailing why you think you would make a great Mature Students’ Officer. We have written a guide on how to write a great manifesto to help you to do this.

Even if you decide against running, make sure you self-define and vote in the election to choose who represents you!

Like the idea, but this specific role isn’t for you? Check out our other Part-time Officer roles, or see how else you can get involved

 

 

 

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Senior Rep (Agriculture, Policy & Development)

Undergraduate Senior Reps represent the student voice on academic matters within each school. They support and lead a team of Undergraduate Course Reps with each school. Senior Reps work to ensure the student voice is being heard by the University and positive changes are being made throughout every school.

What’s the role?

Undergraduate Senior Reps represent the student voice on academic matters within each school. They support and lead a team of Undergraduate Course Reps within each school, arrange and chair Course Rep Consultations once per term and liaise with the University, RUSU and students. Senior Reps work to ensure the student voice is being heard by the University and positive changes are being made throughout every school.


What’s involved?

  • Ensure student feedback is heard by the School. Liaise with students and Course Reps within your school to gain feedback on teaching and learning matters and on support services which directly support student learning experience.
  • Provide support to a team of elected Course Reps working within your school. Work with Course Reps and key staff to create positive changes in your school.
  • Convene and Chair termly Course Rep consultations; identifying any issues that have been raised at SSLCs and feedback any issues/changes to the RUSU Education Officer. 
  • Promote the work of Course Reps and any changes made by Course Reps within your school to the RUSU Academic Representation Coordinator.
  • Attend University meetings including School Board for Teaching & Learning & Student Experience committee (SBTLSE), and the opportunity to sit on University Senate.

What’s in it for me?

  • Represent all students within your School and in some cases, at University level.
  • Create positive change for those studying within your school.
  • Develop your key personal development skills and gain excellent career boosting experience to enhance your CV and LinkedIn Profile.
  • Access to full training and support throughout the year. 
  • Gain volunteering hours that count towards the University of Reading RED Award and experience to speak about at interview.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this role you must be a member of Reading University Students' Union when you stand in the election and your enrolment on your course must continue throughout the 2020/21 academic year.

You must be enrolled on a course within the School you wish to represent.

You can be studying on a full or part-time basis, at Undergraduate level.

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Senior Rep (Arts & Communication Design)

Undergraduate Senior Reps represent the student voice on academic matters within each school. They support and lead a team of Undergraduate Course Reps with each school. Senior Reps work to ensure the student voice is being heard by the University and positive changes are being made throughout every school.

What’s the role?

Undergraduate Senior Reps represent the student voice on academic matters within each school. They support and lead a team of Undergraduate Course Reps within each school, arrange and chair Course Rep Consultations once per term and liaise with the University, RUSU and students. Senior Reps work to ensure the student voice is being heard by the University and positive changes are being made throughout every school.


What’s involved?

  • Ensure student feedback is heard by the School. Liaise with students and Course Reps within your school to gain feedback on teaching and learning matters and on support services which directly support student learning experience.
  • Provide support to a team of elected Course Reps working within your school. Work with Course Reps and key staff to create positive changes in your school.
  • Convene and Chair termly Course Rep consultations; identifying any issues that have been raised at SSLCs and feedback any issues/changes to the RUSU Education Officer. 
  • Promote the work of Course Reps and any changes made by Course Reps within your school to the RUSU Academic Representation Coordinator.
  • Attend University meetings including School Board for Teaching & Learning & Student Experience committee (SBTLSE), and the opportunity to sit on University Senate.

What’s in it for me?

  • Represent all students within your School and in some cases, at University level.
  • Create positive change for those studying within your school.
  • Develop your key personal development skills and gain excellent career boosting experience to enhance your CV and LinkedIn Profile.
  • Access to full training and support throughout the year. 
  • Gain volunteering hours that count towards the University of Reading RED Award and experience to speak about at interview.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this role you must be a member of Reading University Students' Union when you stand in the election and your enrolment on your course must continue throughout the 2020/21 academic year.

You must be enrolled on a course within the School you wish to represent.

You can be studying on a full or part-time basis, at Undergraduate level.

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Senior Rep (Biological Sciences)

Undergraduate Senior Reps represent the student voice on academic matters within each school. They support and lead a team of Undergraduate Course Reps with each school. Senior Reps work to ensure the student voice is being heard by the University and positive changes are being made throughout every school.

What’s the role?

Undergraduate Senior Reps represent the student voice on academic matters within each school. They support and lead a team of Undergraduate Course Reps within each school, arrange and chair Course Rep Consultations once per term and liaise with the University, RUSU and students. Senior Reps work to ensure the student voice is being heard by the University and positive changes are being made throughout every school.


What’s involved?

  • Ensure student feedback is heard by the School. Liaise with students and Course Reps within your school to gain feedback on teaching and learning matters and on support services which directly support student learning experience.
  • Provide support to a team of elected Course Reps working within your school. Work with Course Reps and key staff to create positive changes in your school.
  • Convene and Chair termly Course Rep consultations; identifying any issues that have been raised at SSLCs and feedback any issues/changes to the RUSU Education Officer. 
  • Promote the work of Course Reps and any changes made by Course Reps within your school to the RUSU Academic Representation Coordinator.
  • Attend University meetings including School Board for Teaching & Learning & Student Experience committee (SBTLSE), and the opportunity to sit on University Senate.

What’s in it for me?

  • Represent all students within your School and in some cases, at University level.
  • Create positive change for those studying within your school.
  • Develop your key personal development skills and gain excellent career boosting experience to enhance your CV and LinkedIn Profile.
  • Access to full training and support throughout the year. 
  • Gain volunteering hours that count towards the University of Reading RED Award and experience to speak about at interview.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this role you must be a member of Reading University Students' Union when you stand in the election and your enrolment on your course must continue throughout the 2020/21 academic year.

You must be enrolled on a course within the School you wish to represent.

You can be studying on a full or part-time basis, at Undergraduate level.

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Senior Rep (Built Environment)

Undergraduate Senior Reps represent the student voice on academic matters within each school. They support and lead a team of Undergraduate Course Reps with each school. Senior Reps work to ensure the student voice is being heard by the University and positive changes are being made throughout every school.

What’s the role?

Undergraduate Senior Reps represent the student voice on academic matters within each school. They support and lead a team of Undergraduate Course Reps within each school, arrange and chair Course Rep Consultations once per term and liaise with the University, RUSU and students. Senior Reps work to ensure the student voice is being heard by the University and positive changes are being made throughout every school.


What’s involved?

  • Ensure student feedback is heard by the School. Liaise with students and Course Reps within your school to gain feedback on teaching and learning matters and on support services which directly support student learning experience.
  • Provide support to a team of elected Course Reps working within your school. Work with Course Reps and key staff to create positive changes in your school.
  • Convene and Chair termly Course Rep consultations; identifying any issues that have been raised at SSLCs and feedback any issues/changes to the RUSU Education Officer. 
  • Promote the work of Course Reps and any changes made by Course Reps within your school to the RUSU Academic Representation Coordinator.
  • Attend University meetings including School Board for Teaching & Learning & Student Experience committee (SBTLSE), and the opportunity to sit on University Senate.

What’s in it for me?

  • Represent all students within your School and in some cases, at University level.
  • Create positive change for those studying within your school.
  • Develop your key personal development skills and gain excellent career boosting experience to enhance your CV and LinkedIn Profile.
  • Access to full training and support throughout the year. 
  • Gain volunteering hours that count towards the University of Reading RED Award and experience to speak about at interview.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this role you must be a member of Reading University Students' Union when you stand in the election and your enrolment on your course must continue throughout the 2020/21 academic year.

You must be enrolled on a course within the School you wish to represent.

You can be studying on a full or part-time basis, at Undergraduate level.

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Senior Rep (Henley Business School) (3 places)

What’s the role?

Undergraduate Senior Reps represent the student voice on academic matters within each school. They support and lead a team of Undergraduate Course Reps within each school, arrange and chair Course Rep Consultations once per term and liaise with the University, RUSU and students. Senior Reps work to ensure the student voice is being heard by the University and positive changes are being made throughout every school.


What’s involved?

  • Ensure student feedback is heard by the School. Liaise with students and Course Reps within your school to gain feedback on teaching and learning matters and on support services which directly support student learning experience.
  • Provide support to a team of elected Course Reps working within your school. Work with Course Reps and key staff to create positive changes in your school.
  • Convene and Chair termly Course Rep consultations; identifying any issues that have been raised at SSLCs and feedback any issues/changes to the RUSU Education Officer. 
  • Promote the work of Course Reps and any changes made by Course Reps within your school to the RUSU Academic Representation Coordinator.
  • Attend University meetings including School Board for Teaching & Learning & Student Experience committee (SBTLSE), and the opportunity to sit on University Senate.

What’s in it for me?

  • Represent all students within your School and in some cases, at University level.
  • Create positive change for those studying within your school.
  • Develop your key personal development skills and gain excellent career boosting experience to enhance your CV and LinkedIn Profile.
  • Access to full training and support throughout the year. 
  • Gain volunteering hours that count towards the University of Reading RED Award and experience to speak about at interview.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this role you must be a member of Reading University Students' Union when you stand in the election and your enrolment on your course must continue throughout the 2020/21 academic year.

You must be enrolled on a course within the School you wish to represent.

You can be studying on a full or part-time basis, at Undergraduate level.

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Senior Rep (Politics, Economics & International Relations)

Undergraduate Senior Reps represent the student voice on academic matters within each school. They support and lead a team of Undergraduate Course Reps with each school. Senior Reps work to ensure the student voice is being heard by the University and positive changes are being made throughout every school.

What’s the role?

Undergraduate Senior Reps represent the student voice on academic matters within each school. They support and lead a team of Undergraduate Course Reps within each school, arrange and chair Course Rep Consultations once per term and liaise with the University, RUSU and students. Senior Reps work to ensure the student voice is being heard by the University and positive changes are being made throughout every school.


What’s involved?

  • Ensure student feedback is heard by the School. Liaise with students and Course Reps within your school to gain feedback on teaching and learning matters and on support services which directly support student learning experience.
  • Provide support to a team of elected Course Reps working within your school. Work with Course Reps and key staff to create positive changes in your school.
  • Convene and Chair termly Course Rep consultations; identifying any issues that have been raised at SSLCs and feedback any issues/changes to the RUSU Education Officer. 
  • Promote the work of Course Reps and any changes made by Course Reps within your school to the RUSU Academic Representation Coordinator.
  • Attend University meetings including School Board for Teaching & Learning & Student Experience committee (SBTLSE), and the opportunity to sit on University Senate.

What’s in it for me?

  • Represent all students within your School and in some cases, at University level.
  • Create positive change for those studying within your school.
  • Develop your key personal development skills and gain excellent career boosting experience to enhance your CV and LinkedIn Profile.
  • Access to full training and support throughout the year. 
  • Gain volunteering hours that count towards the University of Reading RED Award and experience to speak about at interview.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this role you must be a member of Reading University Students' Union when you stand in the election and your enrolment on your course must continue throughout the 2020/21 academic year.

You must be enrolled on a course within the School you wish to represent.

You can be studying on a full or part-time basis, at Undergraduate level.

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