Election Roles

Aston Students' Union is a student-led democratic organisation that represents, supports and provides opportunities its members: all Aston students. We are led by a team of Officers who are democratically elected Aston students. Elections take place Term 2 and decide who will run the Students' Union in the following academic year (from 1st July).

The exact nature of each role is down to the interests and priorities of the elected candidate, but the descriptions below should give you a good idea of what you can expect from each role.

There are 14 officers that form the executive team that leads the Students' Union for one year. These include full-time and part-time roles: you can find out more about both types of roles below. If you have any questions about the roles, you can contact your current officer (click here to view officer pages) or you can contact the Student Voice team by clicking here.

Students' union roles

Sabbatical Officer Roles

About your sabbatical officers

There are 4 'sabbatical' officer roles who conduct their role full-time during their term of office (1 year), and receive a salary of around £19,000. Full-time Officers carry out their time in office either as a placement year, immediately after graduating, or alternatively, as a sabbatical year between years of study. They work on projects alongside Union departments and represent you at the University and nationally.

In addition to fulfilling the expectations set out in their role, full-time Officers also sit on the Union's Board of Trustees. All full-time Officers are limited by law to two terms of office (2 years).

President 

Your President is the figurehead of the Students’ Union and works to ensure that you can get the most out of your Students’ Union. They research students' views and opinions and represent them to the University. They also lead your executive officer team, supporting them to fulfil their manifesto pledges, alongside fulfilling their own. The President plays a key role in organising events such as Graduation Ball.

If you feel that you want to ensure that students can get the most out of their experience and their Students’ Union then this is the role for you. As President, you will be able to work on an variety of projects that all have students at their heart and support the other officers with theirs.

Vice President (Education)

REPRESENTING YOUR ACADEMIC INTERESTS

Your Vice President (Education) represents the academic interests of all Aston students. They represent the student voice within the University as an equal member of some of its highest academic-related committees, and take part in the discussions and decisions on these committees. In addition their work with University committees, they also lead your Student Representation System, supporting and empowering Student Representatives to ensure that you have a high-quality academic experience at Aston. They also get involved with national consultations and discussions that can impact the whole higher education sector.

If you want to make impactful changes to the academic experience of current and prospective students, then this may be the role for you. As Vice President (Education) you will be able to lead on a number of academically-focused projects alongside your manifesto pledges.

Vice President (Student Activities)

MAKING YOUR EXPERIENCE MORE THAN A DEGREE

Your Vice President (Student Activities) recognises that your time at University can be much more than your degree. It can be about the friendships you make, the interests you pursue and the skills you can develop outside of the lecture hall. They lead and champion all the Clubs and Societies available at Aston, and can support you to create your own if there is not one that suits your interests. They also work alongside the Student Activities team to ensure that you are supported and recognised for all your achievements as part of a Club or Society.

If you want to help other students to get the most out of their university experience, develop a sense of community or you're part of a club and/or society yourself then this could just be the role for you. As Vice President (Student Activities) you will lead on a number of activities-focused projects and campaigns alongside your manifesto pledges.

Vice President (Welfare)

SUPPORTING YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Your Vice President (Welfare) leads on ensuring that your health and wellbeing is supported during your time at university, through working with the university and launching campaigns to highlight particular issues faced by students. They champion the student voice within the University and work with the other officers to ensure that your wellbeing is always a part of our work.

If you are passionate about supporting others, raising wellbeing issues, such as mental health, or you may have had a personal experience of how University can be stressful then this could be the role for you. As Vice President (Welfare) you will proactively lead on welfare-focused projects and campaigns.

Part Time Officer Roles

About your part-time officers

There are 10 part-time roles which are voluntary roles undertaken by students alongside their studies. Like the full-time officers, they are supported by Union departments to fulfil their role and work on projects relating to their role. Some roles also represent particular demographics of our students such as International or Postgraduate students.

You may be worried about the amount of work this role could be alongside your studies, but you will be fully supported during your time in officer. If you have concerns then please speak to a member of our Student Voice team by clicking here.

BAME (Black, asian and Minority Ethnic) Officer

LIBERATING OUR BAME COMMUNITY

Your BAME Officer is a Liberation Officer who represents the interests of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic student community at Aston. They represent the voice of these students within the University and support work to ensure that this group of students can get the most out of their experience.

If you self-define as BAME and are passionate about the support and representation of this part of our Aston student community then this is the role for you. As BAME Officer your will take a lead on BAME focused projects and campaigns including the planning and deliver of Black History Month in October. All this alongside your manifesto pledges as well as being an active student.

Disabled Students' Officer

LIBERATING OUR DISABLED COMMUNITY

Your Disabled Students’ Officer is a Liberation Officer who represents the interests of our disabled student community here at Aston. They represent the voice of these students within the University and support work to ensure that this group of students can get the most out of their experience.

If you self-define as Disabled and are passionate about the support and representation of this part of our Aston student community then this is the role for you. As Disabled Students’ Officer your will take a lead on Disabled Students’ focused projects and campaigns including the planning and deliver of Disability History Month (22nd November to 22nd December). All this alongside your manifesto pledges as well as being an active student.

LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans +) Officer

LIBERATING OUR LGBT+ COMMUNITY

Your LGBT+ Officer is a Liberation Officer who represents the interests of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans + student community here at Aston. They represent the voice of these students within the University and support work to ensure that this group of students can get the most out of their experience.

If you self-define as LGBT+ and are passionate about the support and representation of this part of our Aston student community then this is the role for you. As LGBT+ Officer your will take a lead on LGBT+ focused projects and campaigns including the planning and deliver of LGBT History Month (February). All this alongside your manifesto pledges as well as being an active student.

Women's Officer

LIBERATING OUR WOMEN'S COMMUNITY

Your Women’s Officer is a Liberation Officer who represents the interests of our women student community here at Aston. They represent the voice of these students within the University and support work to ensure that this group of students can get the most out of their experience.

If you self-define as a woman and are passionate about the support and representation of this part of our Aston student community then this is the role for you. As Women’s Officer your will take a lead on Women’s focused projects and campaigns including the planning and deliver of Women’s History Month (March). All this alongside your manifesto pledges as well as being an active student.

Union Chairperson

KEEPING YOU IN THE CONVERSATION

Your Union Chairperson, as the title suggests, chairs union meetings including Union Council and Executive Meetings. They review student passed policy and ensure that you are able to have a say on your Union, your way.

If you are interested in democracy and believe that all our members should have the ability to have a say on what their Union does for them then this is the role for you. As Union Chairperson you will take a lead on ensuring that the Students’ Unions democratic systems work for students so that everyone can have a say on their Union. You will also work on democratic related projects and campaigns alongside your manifesto pledges.

Executive Secretary

ADDING TRANSPARENCY TO WHAT WE DO

Your Executive Secretary works alongside the other officers to support the wider democratic processes within your Students’ Union and ensures that these processes are as transparent as possible. They minute union democratic meetings such as Union Council, Union Senate and Executive Team meetings as well as working with the Union Chairperson to ensure that our governance documents are accurate.

If transparency is important to you and you believe that students should know what their officer team are doing then this role is for you. As Executive Secretary you will work on democratic related projects as well as your manifesto pledges.

Raise and Give (RAG) Officer

SUPPORTING OUR WIDER COMMUNITY

Your Raise and Give (RAG) Officer knows that students can do much more than their degree when at University and can support our wider community. They work to raise the profile of good causes that students are passionate about along with leading funding raising and other opportunities to support these causes.

If you are passionate about supporting our wider community and raising money for a good cause then this is just the role for you. As RAG Officer your will take a lead on RAG projects, events and campaigns including supporting the RAG Society. All this alongside your manifesto pledges as well as being an active student.

International Students' Officer

SUPPORTING OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY

Your International Students’ Officer represents and champions the voice of our diverse and multicultural student community. They work with the Union and University to ensure our international students are welcomed, supported and satisfied members of our student community here at Aston.

If you are an international student and are passionate about the support and representation of this part of our Aston student community then this is just the role for you. As International Students’ Officer your will take a lead on International focused projects and campaigns including the planning and delivery of One World Week. All this alongside your manifesto pledges as well as being an active student.

Sustainability Officer

ENSURING A GREENER TOMORROW

Your Sustainability Officer is the Unions eco champion ensuring that the Union and University are acting in a sustainable and ethical way. They work with both the Union and University to drive sustainability and changing the culture at Aston to a green one.

If you are passionate about the environment and ensuring an ethical and environmental future then this is the role for you. As Sustainability Officer you will take a lead on ethical and environmental projects and campaigns to help make our student community a sustainable one. All this alongside your manifesto pledges as well as being an active student.

Postgraduate Students' Officer

Taking it to the next level

Your Postgraduate Students' Officer champions the voice of our Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research students at Aston. They work to ensure that the Union and University are acting in the best interests of our Postgraduate community. They work with both the Union and University to support and enhance the experience of Postgraduate students on all areas from representing their academic interests to supporting their health and wellbeing.

If you are a postgraduate student and are passionate about enhancing the experience of current and prospective postgraduate students at Aston then this is the role for you. As Postgraduate Students' Officer you will take a lead on postgraduate projects and campaigns to help make our postgraduate community a strong and supported. All this alongside your manifesto pledges as well as being an active student.

Student Activities Roles

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