Union Council Chair

Union Council Chair

Union Council Chair

Position Type: Voluntary, part-time.
Time Commitment: Approx. 2 hours per month (until June 2020).
Requirements: You must be a current student.

As the Union Council Chair, you will be responsible for chairing meetings of the Students' Union's highest decision-making body, Union Council. You will ensure policies receive a fair debate, that elected representatives are accountable to the students who elected them, and that the Union's democratic decision-making happens accurately and consistently. As Chair, you must stay neutral in all Council matters and moderate discussions in an unbiased and fair manner.

This role would suit someone who is a confident public speaker, capable of setting aside personal views to moderate debates neutrally. Experience of chairing meetings and an interest in politics, policy, and democratic processes would be advantageous, but not required - full training and support will be provided.

It's a fantastic opportunity to be involved in making positive change for thousands of students, and to gain some excellent experience for your CV along the way. You'll receive full training and support throughout, so all you need to bring is the passion and commitment!

If you want more detail on any of the above roles that aren't answered in the FAQs below, just email hallamelections@shu.ac.uk


What does the Union Council Chair actually do? ↓

They are in charge of chairing Union Council meetings (3-4 per year, about 2 hours each) and ensuring policy-making happens fairly and accurately. It's an important position that requires you to be able to stay neutral and unbiased, and fairly moderate debates on sometimes delicate or sensitive issues.

Who can be the Union Council Chair? ↓

The only requirement is that you're a current Hallam student. Any student - undergraduate or postgraduate, UK or international, first year or final year - who meets this requirement can be the Chair.

How big a time commitment is it? ↓

The time commitment is fairly minimal. You will need to attend each Council meeting (usually 3 or 4 meetings per year, 2 hours each) and commit a few extra hours to some training and some preparation ahead of each Council meeting.

What experience do I need? ↓

No specific previous experience is needed, though an interest in politics, policy or governance would certainly help. As you will be leading big meeting groups, confidence with public speaking would also be very useful. The most important thing is to have the right attitude and commitment to the role, as staff are available to support you throughout the year, so you will receive plenty of help and guidance.

What would I gain by being Council Chair? ↓

You will get to be involved in the process of making positive change for thousands of Hallam students. You'll also gain invaluable experience of policy-making, chairing meetings, corporate governance, public speaking, negotiation and communications which will look great on your CV and boost your employability.

Want to be our next Union Council Chair?

Want to find out more? Think you might be interested but want to ask some questions first? Book in a quick 'Candidate Coaching' session with one of the elections team and we can talk you through anything you're unsure of: