Roles Available

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Officer Roles

Start date: July 2021
Working hours: 37 hours per week (average) with occasional evening & weekend commitments
Renumeration: c.£18,000
Eligibility: All Leeds Beckett students are eligible

 

What does each role involve?

Union Affairs Officer

To represent all students to the University on any issue. To chair the Executive Committee, hold staff to account through the Chief Executive and oversee Union finances to make sure the Union works for students. They will help govern the University and ensure that the Union makes students’ lives better through the Union’s democratic systems. They will also work alongside the Welfare & Community Officer to bridge the gap between students and the local community, public engagement, and the development of community within Leeds Beckett University.

Activities & Events Officer

To represent students to the University on activities and engagement issues. To make sure that societies, volunteering and any other Union activities are both relevant to students and help them to feel happy, healthy and develop as people.

Academic Experience Officer

To represent students to the University on educational issues and to work with representatives to make sure that education at Leeds Beckett is shaped by students and meets their needs and expectations.

Welfare & Community Officer

To represent students to the University on any welfare or community issue. To ensure the Union and University help students identify and deal with their problems so that they enjoy their time at University. They will also support and lead welfare campaigns to ensure students are as happy and healthy as possible both in the University and in their local community. Working alongside the Union Affairs Officer, this role aims to bridge the gap between students and the local community, public engagement and the development of community within Leeds Beckett University.

Collective Duties

 

  • To be trustees in the capacity of Officer Trustees on the Board of Trustees;
  • To campaign and consult members on their views and speak on their behalf;
  • To promote, defend and extend the rights of members;
  • To interpret, implement and uphold Union policy;
  • To be responsible both to and for the Executive Committee as a whole;
  • To ensure the Union membership are kept up to date on the actions of the Executive Committee;
  • To fulfil their roles as outlined in the Full-time Officer role descriptions and to support, where appropriate, other student representatives in the fulfilment of their roles;
  • To liaise with external organisations appropriate to individual roles;
  • To steer the work of the senior management team to ensure the Union works for students;
  • To act as spokespersons for the Union.

 

General Terms

 

  • Officer Trustees shall remain in office in accordance with Articles 26, 29 and 30.
  • At the time of their election a Full-time Officer must be a Student Member or a Full-time Officer in their first year of office.
  • Any changes to the remuneration of Full-time Officers shall be considered by the Employment & Remuneration Committee.
  • All Full-time Officers shall hold office for one year from 1 July to 30 June.  
  • On taking up their post each Full-time Officer shall sign a Full-time Officer Agreement and a Code of Practice governing their behaviour and conduct whilst in office.
  • No Full-time Officer shall be employed as a permanent staff member within two years of finishing their year of office, without the approval of the Board of Trustees.

 

Important Information
  • Successful candidates who are studying in their final year will take office from July for one year at the end of their course.
  • Successful candidates who are partway through their course may be able to take a year out of their studies. Please contact your Course team to find out.
  • International Students should seek guidance from the Student Immigration and Compliance team prior to the election to discuss the impact on your visa.

 

 

What are the benefits?

Being a leader within the Students' Union means that you will be at the heart of representing the needs and interests of over 24,000 students here at Leeds Beckett. But that's not all - there are a whole host of other opportunities and benefits that will open up to you when you undertake one of these roles. So what exactly is in it for you?

Turn ideas into reality

Ever had a brainwave about how student life could be improved on campus, in the local community, or even on a national level? Wondering where to start to make these ideas happen? If so, you have come to the right place. LBSU is a student-led organisation; you will lead and influence where we go, but you will also be guided by the ideas and opinions of our diverse student population. In these roles, you will be given unique opportunities to implement ideas and run campaigns that will make real positive changes for students.

Union Affairs Officer

From public speaking to chairing meetings, campaign planning and organising, you will have access to a wealth of opportunities to gain experience that is not easily available elsewhere. The skills and experience you will gain will really make you stand out from the crowd. When you are seeking the next step in your graduate career, it is essential for you to show that you have a good level of experience and have taken the initiative to develop your skills.

Be at the heart of making decisions that matter

Many of these roles mean that you will have access to the high-level committees and decision-makers within the University that decide everything from the range of food and drink available on campus to the cost of student accommodation, from exam times to investment in support services and much more. You will play a crucial role in ensuring that these decision-makers understand what matters to students, and that student needs and opinions are taken into account. What's more, you won't have to do this alone - you will be supported and assisted by Students' Union staff and resources throughout.

NUS Conference Delegate Roles

At NUS National Conference, student delegates from Students' Unions across the UK come together to scrutinise the work of the National Union of Students (NUS) and their elected Officers, set the direction of the NUS (i.e. through campaigns and policy) and elect the future leaders of the NUS.

Conference date: 12-13 April 2021
Expectation: If you are successfully elected to the role of NUS Conference Delegate, you will be expected to attend and fully participate in the NUS National Conference (online*) and vote for policies and elected representatives in the interests of Leeds Beckett students. Training will be provided by LBSU in advance of your attendance.
Do you get paid?: No, his is a voluntary role. The Students' Union covers the cost of conference registration fees and, when the Conference takes place in person rather than online, accommodation fees and other appropriate expenses.
Eligibility: All Leeds Beckett students are eligible

Note: We currently expect that NUS National Conference will take place online. Should the national pandemic situation change and the Conference takes place in person, you will be notified.