The Women’s 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 Women’s Officer do?
The Women’s Officer represents the views and interests of all women
students at a local and even national scale, by acting on behalf of
women within RUSU, the University, and the National Union of Students
(NUS). As Women’s Officer, you’ll act as a key point of contact,
helping to build a support network for women at the University of
On top of this, you’ll have the help and resources needed to lead on
projects for the benefit of women, 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 women.
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. 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 women at Reading.
It sounds great! How do I get the role?
First, you’ll need to ensure you are eligible - RUSU defines a woman
as anyone who self-defines as a woman, including (if they wish) those
with gender identities which include ‘woman’, and those who experience
oppression as a woman. You can self-define as a woman in your
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 Women’s 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.