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Roles


Sheffield Hallam Students' Union is run by students. To ensure that we can get results that improve the lives of students as effectively as possible, the Officer team is made up of different roles, each one responsible for a particular area of the student experience. We've outlined the key responsibilities of each role below - once you've made up your mind, head to the Nominate page above to submit your nomination!

Sheffield Hallam Students' Union is run by students. To ensure that we can get results that improve the lives of students as effectively as possible, the Officer team is made up of different roles, each one responsible for a particular area of the student experience. We've outlined the key responsibilities of each role below - once you've made up your mind, select Nominate on the top menu to submit your nomination!

 

Full-Time Officers

 

President

The President is the leader of the Officer team, ensuring accountability of other elected Officers and representing the student body at key University meetings, as well as locally and nationally. They are the Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees, and so play a key role in both the operation and the strategy of the Union as a whole.

 

International Students’ Officer

The International Students’ Officer represents the interests of Hallam’s thriving international community – by running events and campaigns to improve students’ wellbeing and sense of community, advocating for international students at University meetings, and more. If you’re passionate about the international experience at Hallam, then this might be the right role for you.

 

College Officers (Business, Technology & Engineering; Social Sciences & Arts; Health, Wellbeing & Life Sciences)

The three College Officers each act as the lead Academic Representative for their College, ensuring that students’ opinions are considered in every major decision in the College. They work alongside a team of Department Representatives to ensure that they’re an expert on the student experience in their College.

If you’re passionate about your College, and you want to work alongside Course & Department Reps to enhance the student experience, then this might be the role for you!

 

Wellbeing, Sports & Physical Activity Officer

The Wellbeing, Sports & Physical Activity Officer is the lead Officer on everything extracurricular – helping to make sport and other activities more inclusive for everyone, supporting Hallam’s sports teams, and supporting mental health among students. If you’re a member of a sports club, or have an interest in keeping Hallam healthy, then this is your role!

 

Part-Time Reps

There are also eight Part-Time Reps who are elected at the same time as the Officers. Seven of these positions are elected to work on projects and campaigns that support a particular demographic group at Hallam, ensuring they can participate fully both at the University and in the Union. Those are:

  • BME Students’ Rep
  • Disabled Students’ Rep
  • LGBT+ Students’ Rep
  • Mature Students’ Rep
  • Part-Time Students’ Rep
  • Postgraduate Students’ Rep
  • Women’s Rep

To be eligible to run for each of these positions, you must self-define as a member of the demographic the position represents – except for the positions of Part-Time Students’ Rep, Postgraduate Students’ Rep, and Mature Students’ Rep Eligibility for these roles is based on the data that we receive from the University – you must be 21 or older to run for Mature Students’ Rep, and must be registered as a Part-Time or Postgraduate student to run for the respective positions.

There is also the position of Union Council Chair, who manages meetings between the elected Officers & Reps, and ensures they're working as effectively as possible.

These Reps work alongside the Officers and each promote the interests of a particular demographic of Hallam students. These roles are voluntary, so not paid, but Part-Time Reps have access to a budget and also to staffing resource at the SU to help achieve their aims.

 

You can find the full job descriptions of each of the full-time roles below:

President
The Role

The President is the student leader within Sheffield Hallam Students' Union. They sit on the highest governing boards within the university and have a real opportunity to affect change.

 

The President is responsible for:

  • Student representation within the student body, to the University and to various local and national bodies.
  • The effective performance and functioning of the Students' Union governance and democratic structures.
  • Leading the Elected Officer Team and Students’ Union Reps to ensure they are effectively supported and empowered to represent their members, including ensuring that issues raised by College Officers are escalated where appropriate.
  • Leadership and support for non-academic student groups and societies.

The President acts as:

  • Trustee of the Students’ Union and Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees.
  • The figurehead of the Students' Union and lead representative of students to the University, including being a member of the University Board of Governors.
  • The lead officer for the development, implementation and monitoring of the Students’ Union’s strategic and financial plans.
  • The main point of contact for the Board of Governors, NUS and the Media.

All the main duties and responsibilities of the President include:

  • To attend meetings of the Trustee Board, Union Council, Annual General Meeting and any other relevant Students' Union meetings.
  • To attend University Committee meetings as required to effectively represent the interests of Sheffield Hallam students.
  • To represent Sheffield Hallam students as a member of the University Board of Governors, and to appoint a second Student Governor from amongst the Elected Officers.
  • To act as Deputy Chair of the Trustee Board and to Chair the Representative Committee.
  • To ensure that the requirements of these Articles of Governance are upheld, and to bring recommendations to the Union Council for ensuring that both these Articles of Governance and all policies are maintained and implemented.
  • To be the lead officer on the development, implementation and monitoring of the Students' Union strategic plan(s).
  • To be the lead officer in ensuring that the Students' Union is operating in an environmentally sustainable way.
  • To lead the delegation from the Students' Union to Annual and Extraordinary NUS Conferences so long as Sheffield Hallam Students' Union is an affiliate member of the NUS.
  • To work with Elected Officers to ensure objectives and plans are identified and that appropriate support is in place to ensure they can achieve their goals.
  • To take responsibility for the running of Students' Union priority campaigns.
  • Any other reasonable duties and responsibilities as agreed with Union Council.

Opportunities and Benefits:

  • A chance to make real improvements to the Student Experience at Sheffield Hallam & throughout the UK
  • Meet and work with the highest governing boards within the university.
  • Be the figure head of Sheffield Hallam Students' Union.
  • The opportunity to lead Sheffield Hallam Students' Union's NUS Delegation at the NUS National Conference - the world's largest democratic gathering of student leaders!
  • Access to extensive training and development opportunities.
  • Full-time annual salary of approx. £18,000.
Business, Technology & Engineering Officer
The Role

The College Officer is the student leader within the College of Business, Technology and Engineering. They sit on the highest governing boards within the College and have a real opportunity to affect change.  

The Business, Technology & Engineering Officer is responsible for:

  • Student representation within the College and wider University.
  • Supporting and leading Department Reps and Academic Societies within their College.
  • Promoting student welfare issue at College level and ensuring the College provides an inclusive and equitable experience for all students.
  • Driving engagement at College level, contributing to a sense of belonging and engaging members of the College with the wider Students' Union.

The Business, Technology & Engineering Officer acts as:

  • A Trustee of the Students’ Union and member of Union Council.
  • The lead officer for the representation of students within their College with responsibility for promoting engagement of members of the College with the Students' Union.
  • A key representative of students to the University and local community, including membership of relevant College and University level committees.

All the main duties and responsibilities of the Business, Technology & Engineering Officer include:

  • To attend meetings of the Trustee Board, Union Council, Annual General Meeting and any other relevant Students' Union meetings.
  • To attend University Committee meetings as required to effectively represent the interests of Sheffield Hallam students.
  • To ensure that the requirements of the Articles of Governance as relating to student led activity are upheld and utilised to build engagement with students.
  • To support and be accountable to student representatives and societies in their College and to work with staff to develop these groups so they fulfil their purpose.
  • To be the lead officer on academic and welfare issues within a College, ensuring that the Students' Union provides an outstanding and enriching experience to students within the College.
  • To champion, promote and support the work of student representatives within the University, local community and nationally.
  • To work with the Advice Service staff and student reps to support students with issues affecting their academic life.
  • To encourage student involvement and engagement throughout the College in partnership with University and Students' Union staff.
  • To participate fully in Students' Union activities, including leading on relevant portfolio activities.
  • Any other reasonable duties and responsibilities as agreed with Union Council.

Opportunities and Benefits:

  • A chance to make real improvements to the Student Experience at Sheffield Hallam & throughout the UK
  • Meet and work with the highest governing boards within the University.
  • Lead and support thousands of inspiring students.
  • Access to extensive training and development opportunities.
  • Full-time annual salary of approx. £18,000.
Health, Wellbeing & Life Sciences Officer
The Role

The College Officer is the student leader within the College of Health, Wellbeing & Life Sciences. They sit on the highest governing boards within the College and have a real opportunity to affect change.  

The Health, Wellbeing & Life Sciences Officer is responsible for:

  • Student representation within the College and wider University.
  • Supporting and leading Department Reps and Academic Societies within their College.
  • Promoting student welfare issue at College level and ensuring the College provides an inclusive and equitable experience for all students.
  • Driving engagement at College level, contributing to a sense of belonging and engaging members of the College with the wider Students' Union.

The Health, Wellbeing & Life Sciences Officer acts as:

  • A Trustee of the Students’ Union and member of Union Council.
  • The lead officer for the representation of students within their College with responsibility for promoting engagement of members of the College with the Students' Union.
  • A key representative of students to the University and local community, including membership of relevant College and University level committees.

All the main duties and responsibilities of the Health, Wellbeing & Life Sciences Officer include:

  • To attend meetings of the Trustee Board, Union Council, Annual General Meeting and any other relevant Students' Union meetings.
  • To attend University Committee meetings as required to effectively represent the interests of Sheffield Hallam students.
  • To ensure that the requirements of the Articles of Governance as relating to student led activity are upheld and utilised to build engagement with students.
  • To support and be accountable to student representatives and societies in their College and to work with staff to develop these groups so they fulfil their purpose.
  • To be the lead officer on academic and welfare issues within a College, ensuring that the Students' Union provides an outstanding and enriching experience to students within the College.
  • To champion, promote and support the work of student representatives within the University, local community and nationally.
  • To work with the Advice Service staff and student reps to support students with issues affecting their academic life.
  • To encourage student involvement and engagement throughout the College in partnership with University and Students' Union staff.
  • To participate fully in Students' Union activities, including leading on relevant portfolio activities.
  • Any other reasonable duties and responsibilities as agreed with Union Council.

Opportunities and Benefits:

  • A chance to make real improvements to the Student Experience at Sheffield Hallam & throughout the UK
  • Meet and work with the highest governing boards within the University.
  • Lead and support thousands of inspiring students.
  • Access to extensive training and development opportunities.
  • Full-time annual salary of approx. £18,000.
Social Sciences & Arts Officer
The Role

The College Officer is the student leader within the College of Social Sciences & Arts. They sit on the highest governing boards within the College and have a real opportunity to affect change.  

The Social Sciences & Arts Officer is responsible for:

  • Student representation within the College and wider University.
  • Supporting and leading Department Reps and Academic Societies within their College.
  • Promoting student welfare issue at College level and ensuring the College provides an inclusive and equitable experience for all students.
  • Driving engagement at College level, contributing to a sense of belonging and engaging members of the College with the wider Students' Union.

The Social Sciences & Arts Officer acts as:

  • A Trustee of the Students’ Union and member of Union Council.
  • The lead officer for the representation of students within their College with responsibility for promoting engagement of members of the College with the Students' Union.
  • A key representative of students to the University and local community, including membership of relevant College and University level committees.

All the main duties and responsibilities of the Social Sciences & Arts Officer include:

  • To attend meetings of the Trustee Board, Union Council, Annual General Meeting and any other relevant Students' Union meetings.
  • To attend University Committee meetings as required to effectively represent the interests of Sheffield Hallam students.
  • To ensure that the requirements of the Articles of Governance as relating to student led activity are upheld and utilised to build engagement with students.
  • To support and be accountable to student representatives and societies in their College and to work with staff to develop these groups so they fulfil their purpose.
  • To be the lead officer on academic and welfare issues within a College, ensuring that the Students' Union provides an outstanding and enriching experience to students within the College.
  • To champion, promote and support the work of student representatives within the University, local community and nationally.
  • To work with the Advice Service staff and student reps to support students with issues affecting their academic life.
  • To encourage student involvement and engagement throughout the College in partnership with University and Students' Union staff.
  • To participate fully in Students' Union activities, including leading on relevant portfolio activities.
  • Any other reasonable duties and responsibilities as agreed with Union Council.

Opportunities and Benefits:

  • A chance to make real improvements to the Student Experience at Sheffield Hallam & throughout the UK
  • Meet and work with the highest governing boards within the University.
  • Lead and support thousands of inspiring students.
  • Access to extensive training and development opportunities.
  • Full-time annual salary of approx. £18,000.
Wellbeing, Sport & Physical Activity Officer
The Role

The Wellbeing, Sport and Physical Activity Officer is the lead officer on initiatives relating to student wellbeing, sport and physical activity. They sit on committees within the University and Students' Union and have a real opportunity to affect change.

The Wellbeing, Sport and Physical Activity officer is responsible for:

  • Student representation within the student body, to the University and to local and national bodies on wellbeing, sport and physical activity initiatives.
  • Lobbying and influencing the University Wellbeing and sports strategy and promoting initiatives that support student wellbeing.
  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and striving to ensure they are embedded across the work fo the University, Students' Union and local community.

The Wellbeing, Sport and Physical Activity Officer acts as:

  • A Trustee of the Students’ Union and member of Union Council.
  • The lead officer for the promotion and development of wellbeing, sport and physical activity initiatives within the Students' Union, University and local community.
  • A key representative of students to the University and local community, including membership of relevant committees.

All the main duties and responsibilities of the Wellbeing, Sport and Physical Activity Officer include:

  • To attend meetings of the Trustee Board, Union Council, Annual General Meeting and any other relevant Students' Union meetings.
  • To attend University Committee meetings as required to effectively represent the interests of Sheffield Hallam students.
  • To ensure that the requirements of the Articles of Governance are upheld and utilised to build engagement with students.
  • To ensure the Students' Union and University put student wellbeing at the core of its activity and driving initiatives aimed at enhancing students physical and emotional wellbeing.
  • To be the lead officer on the University Sports Strategy, ensuring that sporting opportunities give a positive and valuable experience to those who participate.
  • To take responsibility for the running of the Students' Union welfare and health campaign(s).
  • To be the lead officer on the University Wellbeing Strategy, ensuring that student wellbeing is central within the University.
  • To be the lead officer for organising and promoting Varsity.
  • To champion, promote and support the work of sports clubs within the Students' Union, University, local community and nationally.
  • To work with College Officers to support College level initiatives to address student physical and mental health issues.
  • Any other reasonable duties and responsibilities as agreed with Union Council.

Opportunities and Benefits:

  • A chance to make real improvements to student wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam & throughout the UK
  • Meet and work with the highest governing boards within the University.
  • Lead and support thousands of inspiring students.
  • Access to extensive training and development opportunities.
  • Full-time annual salary of approx. £18,000.
International Students' Officer

The Role:

The International Students' Officer is the primary representative of international students' within Sheffield Hallam Students' Union. They sit on committees within the University and Students' Union and have a real opportunity to make change.

The International Students' Officer is responsible for:

  • Student representation within the University on issues relating to international students and opportunities for UK students to engage in global activities.
  • Supporting and leading cultural societies and committees.
  • Increasing engagement within the Students' Union for international students.

The International Students' Officer acts as:

  • A Trustee of the Students’ Union and member of Union Council.
  • The lead officer for the representation of international students at University level and for ensuring the Students' Union and University retain a global outlook.
  • A key representative of students to the University and local community, including membership of relevant committees.

All the main duties and responsibilities of the International Students' Officer include:

  • To attend meetings of the Trustee Board, Union Council, Annual General Meeting and any other relevant Students' Union meetings.
  • To attend University Committee meetings as required to effectively represent the interests of Sheffield Hallam students.
  • To ensure that the requirements of the Articles of Governance are upheld and utilised to build engagement with students.
  • To ensure the Students' Union and University provide an excellent experience for International Students.
  • To be the lead officer on University groups and initiatives relating to global engagement and International students.
  • To support International Student groups in their integration into the Students' Union and University and to lead campaigns on issues relating to international students and global engagement.
  • To support International and Cultural Societies and to enhance engagement within the Students' Union from overseas students.
  • Responsible for ensuring the University provides opportunities and home and international students to participate as global citizens.
  • Any other reasonable duties and responsibilities as agreed with Union Council.

Opportunities and Benefits:

  • A chance to make real improvements to the international student experience at Sheffield Hallam & throughout the UK
  • Meet and work with the highest governing boards within the University.
  • Lead and support thousands of inspiring students.
  • Access to extensive training and development opportunities.
  • Full-time annual salary of approx. £18,000