The International 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 International Students’ Officer do?
The International Students’ Officer represents the views and interests
of international students at the University of Reading. As a large and
diverse group, you’ll support a range of international students by
voicing their opinions at important committee meetings and
discussions. Alongside this, you’ll act as a key point of contact for
international students, helping them to get the most out of their time
In addition to the above, you’ll have the help and resources needed to
lead on projects for the benefit of international 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
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
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 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. You’ll also get the opportunity to gain skills in
event planning and management, by helping to organise social events
that bring the international students’ community together.
It sounds great! How do I get the role?
First, you’ll need to ensure you are eligible – RUSU defines an
international student as anyone who self-defines as having an
international background, whether that means anyone who comes to the
UK to study or has lived in or meaningfully interacted with two or
more cultural environments. This includes students from both within
and outside the European Union (EU) and those who pay both home and
international fees. You can self-define as an international student in
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 International Students’ Officer. We have
written a guide on
how to write a great manifesto to help you to do
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
Officer roles, or see how
else you can get involved.