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 following positions are full time, paid student Officers who take a year out of their studies (or the year immediately following graduation) to act as the primary representatives of Brunel Students. Whilst each have specific remits, they also 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. These roles also take up a place on Student Assembly, the Student Leadership Team, the Executive Committee and the Trustee Board.
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 37 hours a week to fulfil your role, with the opportunity to work flexibly (provided this includes a core of 10-4pm Monday to Friday).
- 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 a salary of around £20,943 per annum
- will also be entitled to 25 days holiday plus the University’s closure days.
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
The President leads on the Union's engagement with the University, and external bodies and is often the first contact. They will be expected to be the public voice of Brunel students, and take up their seat on several high level University committees including Senate and University Council. They also chair the Trustee Board and Cabinet. In addition the President is responsible for all Community based campaigns.
VP College x3 (CBASS, CDEPS, CHLS)
The VP College’s main function is to represent the students views and needs in regards to the welfare and academic delivery within the University. As such they sit on University committees focussed on learning and teaching, academic support, and regulation, and work closely with University staff in the registry, quality assurance, learning support and welfare. They also co-chair the Student Representatives forum and lead on the Student Voice delivery at course, department and college levels.
VP Student Activities
The VP Student Activities primary focus is on Union's support of co-curricular activity through Clubs, Societies, and other Union structured opportunities (such as RAG and Student Media). Working with the relevant Standing Committee chairs (see below) they ensure the continued development of Activities provision. They lead on engagement with Brunel Sport and ensure that the joint sports strategy is delivered including chairing the Sports partnership meetings, attending Active Brunel steering group meetings, and being the student (and Union) voice in scholarship, performance sport and facility decision making.
VP Postgraduate Students - Part-time
The Vice President Postgraduate Students is responsible for representing the views and needs of the postgraduate student community, with a particular focus on well-being, welfare and academic interests of the postgrad student community. Lead on, and champion, the experience of Postgraduate students at Brunel, striving to ensure that the University and the Union are inclusive and mindful of the needs and experiences of Postgraduate students.
This Role unlike the other Vice President roles is part-time and works a maximum of 20 hours a week. The salary is £11,320, per annum.
This role is up for Bye-election as it has been recently vacated, as such the start date will be 19th March 2018 (negotiable), with the Term of Office ending in October 2018 following the election of a successor.
Start date for all full time roles: 4th June 2018
Start date for Vice President Postgraduate Students: 19th March 2018
The Executive Committee is the team of students that run the Union. They make sure your voice is heard and that change happens for the benefit of You! Each of the members leads on specific part of the Union's activities or represent a specific group of our membership. The Executive Committee is made up of the Student Officers, Part Time Officers and Liberation Officers.
The function of the Executive Committee is:
To promote and defend the rights of our members;
Campaign on issues affecting our members;
To agree action on passed policy;
To develop projects and campaigns.
Environment and Ethics Officer
The Union is committed to a strong and wide reaching Environmental Strategy, overseen and driven forward by this working group, relating directly to the Green Impact infrastructure. The Environmental and Ethics Officer works with staff, officers, students and the University to ensure the strategy is developed and followed.
International Students Officer
Brunel is proud of its hyper diversity, and celebrates the wealth of nationalities that make up our student (and staff) population. Working with the University departments the International Students Officer will seek to represent international students, ensuring that their experience and needs are considered both within the Union and the University. The International Students Officer is expected to be heavily involved in the Union led One World Week, and contributes the “international view” to all aspects of Union life.
Mature and Part Time Officer
Are you a mature or part time student? The Mature & Part Time Students’ Officer coordinates representation and campaigning work for the needs and interests of mature and part time students in the Union, University and beyond. This post ensures that the Union provides activities, events and facilities that are appropriate and accessible to mature and part time students.
Community Campaigns Officer
The Community Campaigns Officer campaigns to achieve positive change for the community. This role will involve leading on matters relating to the community on and off campus such as; housing and halls, as well as developing community based campaigns.
Equality is a core value of the Union, and we aim to demonstrate this value in everything we do. The Liberation Officers work with students to ensure that the policy is current, and that the actions of both the Union and the University reflect the beliefs of our students. In addition, the Liberation Officers celebrate, campaign and defend rights in all arenas and ensure their voice is effectively heard.
The Liberation Officers will work with informal groups of students who wish to drive particular policy and activity, as agreed at Student Assembly. Each informal group has an individual approach to effective delivery, and develops their activity according to the students involved. Liberation Officers also sit on the Executive Committee.
We provide plenty of training and support to help you in your role. You'll be acting on behalf of Brunel Students and working closely with them. We'll make sure you gain plenty of skills along the way, and your position will be formally recorded on your HEAR.
Disabled Students Officer
Black and Ethnic Minority (BEM) Students Officer
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 through the Scrutiny Committee to make sure that they are running the Union in the best way possible.
The Chair is responsible for leading Assembly meetings and Scrutiny Committee meetings, and ensuring everyone in attendance has an equal say with in the meeting. They are also responsible for ensuring that the meetings run on time, and that a fair and balanced debate takes place on all items up for discussion. The chair, along with: the President and the Vice-Chair of Student Assembly, is responsible for setting the order of motions to be discussed.
The Trustee Board serves the Union as an oversight body looking at the long term strategic development and delivery of the Students' Union. Student Trustees ensure the current student voice is effectively represented, and are expected to attend 4 - 6 Trustee Board meetings within the year, together with a number of sub-committees and planning days.
Trustee Board is an oversight committee, responsible for the legal management of the organisation, and work to ensure that the strategic and legal objectives of Union are delivered. It is made up of the four student officers, 4 directly elected student trustees, and 4 independent trustees selected to enhance the knowledge and skill set of the board. Student Trustee seve upto a 2 year term, Officer trustees serve 1 year terms, whilst the independent trustees are selected to serve between 2-4 year terms, as defined in the constitution.
You are NOT allowed to be a Trustee if you:
Have been convicted at any time of any offence involving deception or dishonesty, unless the conviction is legally regarded as spent.
Are an undischarged bankrupt.
Have made compositions with your creditors and have not been discharged.
Have at any time been removed by the Commissioners or by the Court in England, Wales or Scotland from being a Trustee because of misconduct.
Are disqualified from being a Company Director.
Have failed to make payments under the County Court Administrators’ orders.
If any of the above apply to you, please contact the union prior to the close of nominations