The Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Students’ Part-time Officer works
alongside other student reps to promote the views of the student body.
Alongside the PGR 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 PGT Students’ Officer do?
The PGT Students’ Officer represents the views and interests of all
students on a postgraduate taught course both within RUSU and the
University. As PGT Students’ Officer, you’ll act as a key point of
contact, helping to build a support network for PGT 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 PGT 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
You’ll also team up with the Postgraduate Research (PGR) Students’
Officer to represent and support Reading’s dynamic postgraduate
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. The role will only last for a
year, making it a perfect supplementary opportunity to your PGT
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 PGT
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
PGR Officer to strengthen the postgraduate community spirit on
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
It sounds great! How do I get the role?
First, you’ll need to ensure you are eligible - RUSU defines a
postgraduate taught student as a student on a postgraduate taught mode
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 PGT 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 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.