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
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
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
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
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
Officer roles, or see how
else you can get involved.