Black Students' Officer

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 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.