Postgraduate Research Students' Officer Role

The Postgraduate Research (PGR) Students’ Part-time Officer works alongside other student reps to promote the views of the student body. Alongside the PGT Officer, they support RUSU’s Education Officer in ensuring the academic experience is the best it can be for postgraduate students. 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 PGR Students’ Officer do?

The PGR Students’ Officer represents the views and interests of all students on a postgraduate research course both within RUSU and the University. As PGR Students’ Officer, you’ll act as a key point of contact, helping to build a support network for PGR 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 PGR 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.

You’ll also team up with the Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Students’ Officer to represent and support Reading’s dynamic postgraduate community.

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 of these skills may be particularly useful in complimenting your existing research skills!

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 PGR 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 with the PGT Officer to strengthen the postgraduate community spirit on campus.
  • Copywriting & Design. You’ll have the opportunity to help develop content for RUSU’s social channels and The Reading Rep magazine. Developing and refining new methods of communication is a useful asset for students with a passion for research.

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. 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 PGR students.

It sounds great! How do I get the role?

First, you’ll need to ensure you are eligible - RUSU defines a PGR student as a student on a postgraduate research mode of study or who is in the writing up stage of their postgraduate research.

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 PGR Students’ Officer. We have written a guide on how to write a great manifestoto 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.