It’s almost that time of year again! Nominations are now open for next year’s full-time and part-time officers.
Any student can nominate themselves to be a part of uea(su)’s democratic structure. There are 5 paid full-time positions, one of which is the role I am in currently as Postgraduate Education officer, and there are 15 voluntary part-time positions. See the full list on the uea(su) website.
For those of you who might be thinking about nominating yourself for the role I’m currently in now, take a look below to find out what some of the main aspects of my role include...
Working with you
As you might be able to guess from the title, my remit includes everything to do with postgraduates, both research and taught. I am here to represent the academic interest of all postgraduate students at UEA and am the general point of contact for them. By being in this role it means you will get to spend time with students (postgraduate and otherwise) to try and positively shape the whole experience of being a postgrad at UEA.
One of the fantastic parts about being in this role is that you get to participate in a variety of democratic structures including postgraduate-specific ones and others. Here are just three examples of this:
Student Officer Committee (SOC)- all student officers get to be part of this and it’s a great opportunity to oversee the implementation of uea(su) policy and make real change to the way it’s run.
Postgraduate Assembly (PGA)- An example of a democratic structure that is more PG-specific. I love getting to be part of this as it’s a group that meets regularly and is welcome to all PG students, giving me a chance to meet with students and hear their views on everything from lectures to sport activities.
Education Committee (EC)- this is made up of me, the Undergraduate Education Officer (currently Jenna Chapman), school conveners, and faculty conveners. This body is relatively new and gives us the opportunity to discuss everything to do with education and to create coordination between UEA and uea(su) when working on any issues or improvements that need to be made.
Events and other opportunities
As part of the role, you will get to travel with the rest of the SU team, for example to NUS events. It’s at these types of evens that I get to meet other PG representatives from all over the UK to collaborate on PG issues nationally. One key aspect of the role in many ways is that it is constantly changing on a number of levels, so this role is great for something that is always looking at adapting and improving.
Policy and manifesto pledges
When I nominated myself for this role, I created a manifesto, which is something you will need to do if you are thinking of nominating yourself. This is basically something that sets out our ideas and what you would bring to the role that other students might be interested in. Make sure to do your research and to know what is currently being worked on within uea(su) so that you can get an idea of what you think you could work on if you were to be elected. Make sure to also make realistic pledges that you think you will be able to complete within a year... it goes quicker than you think!
For me, being in this role has definitely been a learning curve. When the last Postgraduate Officer handed over to me, she said that it would probably take 6 months to really learn what the role is about, and she was right. The role is always changing but that is what is exciting about being an officer.
Being a full-time officer is incredibly fulfilling: it’s a great way to get your voice heard, to make positive changes within the Student Union and the university, and to get some great experience of being in a leadership role, so why not give it a go, nominate yourself now by clicking here! Nominations will close on the 5th of March and elections will take place shortly after. If you’re thinking of going for the role and would like to have a more in-depth chat with me about what it entails then please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.