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We have a range of exciting opportunities available in the Union for you to shape the future of student life here at Brunel. Most of the posts available are voluntary and you can do them alongside your studies, and because they are linked to your academic experience they don’t count towards your working hours if you have a student visa. The post of Vice President Postgraduate Students is a Part Time paid position, designed to be flexible around Postgraduate Study and Research.
A Student Rep (both Course and Department Reps) is a student who has been elected by their course or department to communicate their views to both the University and the Students’ Union. The purpose of Student Reps is not solely to report complaints, but to also provide constructive comments and work in partnership with the Union and University to continuously improve the student experience.
Course Reps are your first point of contact as a student, for bringing your views forward locally, with the staff on your course, programme or division. Each course has its own Course Rep(s), elected by the course.
Department Reps work together with Course Reps and the Union to make sure the voice of the students in each department is heard in wider discussions concerning the whole department or College. Each department has four Department Reps: one for each Undergraduate level and one Postgraduate Taught Rep, all elected solely by the students in that department.
Why become a Rep?
Becoming a Rep is worthwhile because you:
- Are the vital link between students and staff, which makes you the driver behind changes that improve the experience at Brunel for you and your peers.
- Become part of a team with other reps within the Union.
- Gain and develop skills through your role AND through free training offered to you as a Rep;
- Are rewarded for being a rep with events, awards, certificates and more. Being a rep is even part of your HEAR!
If you are interested in being a Student Rep go here to find out more and nominate yourself.
VICE PRESIDENT POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
This post is a part-time, paid Student Officer, who will work in the Union alongside their studies to act as the primary representatives of Brunel Students. As part of their role as an Officer they will oversee the day to day running of Union and work to develop the delivery of our Strategic Plan. The Officers attend University Senate as the student representatives; in addition to the numerous boards and committees within the University decision making structure. This role also takes up a place on Student Assembly, the Executive Committee and the Trustee Board.
As one of the principle paid elected Officers within the Union the post holder will ensure that the voice of post graduate students is considered in all key Union decision making, and will be a major influence on ensuring that the Union is as relevant to Post Graduate students as it is to Undergraduates. The VP Postgraduate Students will also represent the views of Postgraduate Students and promote, encourage and extend postgraduate representation within the Colleges and throughout the University. As such they sit on University committees focussed on postgraduate support and provision, and work closely with University staff in the registry, quality assurance, learning support and welfare. They will work closely with the College Vice-Presidents and President to support their understanding and consideration of postgraduate issues.
As an employee of the union there are certain expectations, and benefits which we have outlined for you:
- You are expected to work a MINIMUM of 20 hours a week to fulfil your role, with the opportunity to work flexibly.
- The nature of the role will require you to work some evenings and weekends (through prior arrangement). Working co-operatively with your fellow Officers and Students' Union employed staff
- Attend Students' Union and University meetings that are relevant to your post (if applicable)
- You will receive an annual salary of £20,578 inclusive of London Weighting (Actual pro rota salary for 20 hours per week equates to £11,123 per annum).
- You will also be entitled to 25 days holiday plus the University’s closure days (pro rata for part time staff).
- All trustees are required to comply with the following statutory duties:
- To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
- To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
- To ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are
- To contribute actively to the board of trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
- To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
- To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
- To ensure the financial stability of the organisation
- To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity's funds
- To appoint the Chief Executive Officer and monitor his/her performance
STUDENT ASSEMBLY MEMBERS
Student Assembly is a meeting of elected representatives to decide the policies and campaigns of the Union, making sure that it is working on the issues that matter to our members. They also hold the Student Officers to account, asking them questions about their decisions and making suggestions to them, to make sure that they are running the Union in the best way possible.
Student Assembly decide the policies and campaigns of the Union, making sure that it is working on the issues that matter to Brunel students. You will also hold the Student Officers to account, asking them questions about their decisions and making suggestions to them, to make sure that they are running the Union in the best way possible. All of this will be done through attendance at the Student Assembly meetings that happen on a Thursday of every month during term time. At the meetings you will discuss and vote on the important issues for the Union and Brunel students.
You will also have the opportunity to sit of the select committees of student assembly. These committees cover; elections and referenda, complaints and disciplinary, Scrutiny and appointments. Along with the opportunity to get involved with our working committees.
We have the following posts available on Student Assembly:
15 Student Assembly Community Members
1 LBIC Student Assembly Representative
Following some changes to the way the Union is run, we have an exciting opportunity to be part of this new committee. The Democracy Committee exists to oversee the Unions democratic functions and ensure we are being true to our value of democracy. As such this committee will work closely with the President oversee the Unions main elections, review and develop policies and procedures relating to the Unions democratic areas.
5 Committee members
Are you interested in being more involved in the activities the Union delivers? Standing Committees oversee key areas of delivery within the Union such as; our sports clubs, societies, media and RAG. As such they have elected members from the relevant activity, and work to enhance the experience of members involved. Elections were held for these committees in the summer, however a number of posts remain available.
Sports Federation Committee
What would Brunel be without Sports? Brunel has a long and proud tradition of sporting excellence and the input of the Sports Federation Committee is key to our sporting success. The Sports Federation Committee is responsible for working actively to help develop current clubs and promote the participation of sports within the student community at large. You’ll also help to plan and run the Sports Federation Awards Ball and make sure that sports clubs are well informed about all that goes on at the Union. The committee meets at least once a month, so you’ll need to show dedication, passion and commitment to sport at Brunel. If you think you’ve got what it takes then get nominating now.
4 Committee Members
Raise and Give (RAG) Committee
Do you like raising money for charity and working with people on fundraising events? If yes, then this is the place for you! We are looking for dedicated and creative people to take the lead on charity fundraising for 2016-17. Working with the RAG President and VP Student Activities you’ll get to plan projects, events and trips to help us raise thousands of pounds for good causes. If you crave that warm fuzzy feeling you get from doing things for others and know how to put the fun into fundraising then this is the role for you!
2 Committee Members
Media Association Committee
The Media Association is made up of Radio Brunel, LeNurb (Student newspaper) and now Video Brunel! Student Media is a great opportunity to get your voice heard, get involved and get social and The Media Association Committee is the driving force behind it all.
The Secretary is in charge of organising meetings with the Media Association Committee and taking and circulating minutes and action points from those meetings. The secretary must be aware of the Union calendar to ensure that student media outputs covers all large events taking place at Brunel, such as One World Week, Union Elections and Varsity. The Secretary is also responsible for making sure that volunteering hours are recorded for media association volunteers, and investigate opportunities for training and conferences for any interested media association volunteers.
The Station Manager is in charge of Brunel Radio. The manager must work to ensure all content produced does not violate Union policy or the Media Association bye laws. The Station Manager must recruit volunteers, generate interesting and Brunel-relevant content, liaise with printers and the Union, and publicise the radio to students.
The Web Officer will oversee all content produced on the Media Association's web platforms, including bru-media.co.uk, as well as Facebook and Twitter profiles for all three branches of student media. The Web Officer is responsible for ensuring that content published online is of a consistently high quality and falls in line with the Media Association's values and brand standards.
The Union is a member of the National Union of Students (NUS), as part of this we have a say in the campaigns and direction of the NUS. In order to ensure Brunel Students have their voice heard we send delegates to the NUS National Conference.
National Conference is the sovereign policy-making body of NUS and brings together nearly a thousand delegates from Students' Unions across the country to discuss, debate and vote on motions and elect the political leadership of the organisation for the year ahead. We are entitled to send 4 Delegates, one of which is the Union President; this means there are 3 posts available for election. As NUS has a policy of reserved posts for women delegates as a result 2 of the posts which we have put up for election are reserved for women.
When is it: 25th – 27th April 2017, Brighton
NUS have provided some information on being a Delegate at National Conference which you can read here.