How much time do I need to commit?
It is hard to say for sure, as each student has different availability and time to devote to the role but we do expect Part Time Officers to spend between 4 and 10 hours a month on duties related to the role.
What will I gain from it?
Aside from the ability to make change within your union and university, you will also receive accreditation. Your role is voluntary, therefore you'll be able to claim hours with the Student Voice Recognition Scheme. You will also be recognised for your role on the HEAR and have a chance at being nominated for a SSTAR Award.
UPSU offer training for all roles and many previous Part Time Officers feedback that they have developed their confidence, negotiating and communication skills, as well practicing effective time management – all great things to enhance your employability.
I'm interested - what do I need to do next?
Check that you are eligible for the role.
For most roles all students are eligible, it doesn’t matter what year you are in or what previous experience you may or may not have, all you need is a willingness to fulfil the role and make the most of training opportunities.
However, there are a few roles that represent a specific student group or demographic where we do need students to self-define as belonging to that group before they can run for that role.
The roles that need you to self-define as belonging to a specific group are:
- Part Time Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Officer
- Part Time Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans + (LGBT+)Officer
- Part Time Women’s Officer
- Part Time Disabled Students Officer
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the role or any questions you have.
- Think about what you will include in your manifesto, ask your friends and relevent students what are the issues that need changing, do your research
- Submit your nomination to stand in an election. If there is no election or by-election open but the role is vacant you can be co-opted, speak to the Student Voice Team for more information about this