International Students' Officer Role

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 at Reading.

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 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 international 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!
  • 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 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 International 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.