Environment & Ethics Officer Role

The Environment and Ethics Part-time Officer works alongside the RUSU President, as well as other student reps, to ensure RUSU and the University are putting sustainability at the forefront of their agendas. 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 Environment and Ethics Officer do?

The Environment and Ethics Officer represents the student body on all issues relating to sustainability and ethical practice. They attend committees within RUSU and the University to help steer the direction of the two organisations by offering a student perspective on their environmental work.

As RUSU’s Environment and Ethics Officer, you’ll play a key role in ensuring the organisation honours its commitment to sustainability by championing sustainable practice on campus and beyond. You’ll also be a key point of contact for students regarding environmental matters at the University of Reading.

On top of this, you’ll have the help and resources needed to lead on sustainable projects, such as campaigns and events. It’s a great opportunity to develop new skills, all whilst helping to save the planet.

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 the environment.
  • 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!
  • 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 workplac

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. With an opportunity to feed directly in to the implementation of green policy at RUSU and beyond, you’ll have a number of examples of your commitment to sustainability to show future employers.

It sounds great! How do I get the role?

First, you’ll need to ensure you are eligible – you’ll need to be a student registered at the University of Reading who will be studying with us during the next academic year.

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 Environment and Ethics 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 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.