THE ROLES

 

Below you will find the roles available to you, along with a description of the type of person we are looking for, along with a description of duties.  

UNION CHAIR

The Union chair is responsible for setting the meeting dates and times, putting the agenda together and ensuring minutes are accurate and pushed out in good time. The Union chair need to build relationships with the members of parliament and the Camps chairs.

The Chair manages the all campus parliament meetings and ensures all parliament members are representing their communities and are abiding by the requirements laid out in the bylaws.

The Chair works with the SU staff to ensure these meetings run effectively and efficiently and achieves its purpose.

Skills:

  • The Union Chair should be organised
  • The Union Chair needs to exude authority and be confident
  • The Union Chair needs to be able to focus on details and enjoy reading bylaws, and be prepared to enforce them!
  • The Union Chair should be approachable and willing to work with all of our Parliament representatives and support them outside of meetings

CAMPUS CHAIR

The Campus Chair is responsible for running the meetings on their campus. They need to agree the agenda, work with the campus chair and ensure minutes are approved and sent out in good time.

The campus chair needs to build relationships with the members of parliament and ensure that they are available when the meetings happen throughout the year and support other activities designed to elevate Parliament.

Skills needed:

  • The campus chair needs to be proactive and organised
  • Be a leader
  • Ensure all members are heard fairly
  • Be confident

STUDENT COMMUNITY OFFICER

The SCOs are the figure head for their community, they ensure that the views and ideas of their community are heard by both the SU and the university. They are a conduit to ensure the flow of information goes both ways. They are responsible for ensuring there are specific events for their community and that the correct celebration of key dates happens (such as Black History Month, LGBT History Month, Lunar New Year).

They are there to raise issues and help produce solutions to issues working with the SU, university and third parties where appropriate.

Skills needed to be a successful SCO:

  • Show Initiative
  • Communication skills and a willingness to embrace new ways to communicate and reach as many members of your community as possible
  • Be organised and plan well
  • Approachable and diplomatic

PARLIAMENT REPRESENTATIVES

Parliament representatives are the voice of their communities at Parliament, they are responsible for ensuring that issues that are discussed take their communities views and thoughts into consideration, they ensure that the SU and the other elected officers are doing their jobs correctly and that they community feels represented.

They bring information to parliament and are responsible for sharing information shared at Parliament with their communities. They are expected to support Sabbs and SCO’s where appropriate and be solution focused.

Skills needed to be a Parliament representative:

  • Punctual
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Approachable

POSITIONS

NO. POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Blades Representative

4

PG Representative

3

Su staff Representative

2

International Representative 

5

Black Representative

2

Asian Representative

2

Minority Ethnic  Representative

2

LGBTQ Representative

2

Student Parents and carer Representative

2

Womens Representative 

3

Disabilities Representative

3

Mature Representative

2

Societies Representative

4
Commuting Students Representative 2

V team Representative

2

Faith Representative

4
Rebel Representative 1

Education Representative – Arts& humanities

1

Education  Representative  – Science & health

1

Education  Representative – Social science

1

Sustainability Representative

1

Colchester Campus chair

1

Union Chair (all campuses)

1

Students' with Disabilities Officer 1
Black Officer 1
SU Services Officer 1
Mature Student Officer 1
Asian Officer 1
Student Parent & Carer Officer 1
Trans Officer 1
LGBQ+ Officer 1
Womens Officer 1

CAN I NOMINATE MYSELF?

 

EXPECTATIONS OF THE ROLE:

  • You would need to be a current Essex University Student at the time of nominating
  • You will be elected by students and so be held to account by them  
  • You will be the public face of the Students’Union
  • You will work with senior figures inside the university

TO NOMINATE YOURSELF, YOU WILL NEED TO:

  • You will need to read and sign the rules
  • You will need to read and sign the date protection document
  • You will need a photograph by the close of nominations
  • You will need to write a manifesto, following the rules
  • You will need to write a 30 word summary, by the close of nominations
  • You will need to attend the briefing

EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST