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Students' Union President

Full Time 35 hours per week | 25 days annual leave
Students’ Union President Responsibilities
  1. Day-to-day management of the Union and Union staff

  2. Management of the Union budget and financial reporting

  3. Be the primary signatory on the Students' Union's bank account and account services

  4. Assume the position of Student Governor on the University Council and report to the University Council on Union business once per term

  5. Represent the voice of NUA students at the University Academic Board and select University committees, including Post Graduate Board of Studies, Programme Quality Committee and Academic Board, and any relevant sub-committees

  6. Ensure all elements of the Union's Constitution are upheld

  7. Uphold the objectives of the Union's Strategic Plan 2020-2023, with particular focus on the objective 'Ensure a sustainable future for the Union considering income, logistics, and capacity of staff'

  8. To liaise and work with Sabbatical colleagues (Students' Union Vice President), holding each other to account and collaboratively working together on shared goals

  9. Chair the Students' Union Steering Committee and ensure the Union is appropriately governed

  10. To accept actions from the Steering Committee and to engage constructively in scrutiny and feedback

  11. Coordinate and deliver the training of Student Representatives and Liberation Officers

  12. To attend Student Forums and Student Reps Groups as organised by University staff. Attendance is to be shared with the Students' Union Vice President as appropriate

  13. Advocate on students' individual and collective behalf and champion the students' voice

  14. To be the Students' Union lead representative on academic-related issues concerning the development of all Undergraduate and Postgraduate student experiences

  15. Provide independent advice and guidance to student members on academic issues

  16. Manage the Union's casework, including helping students prepare for cases for appeals, complaints, and disciplinary hearings, ensuring the University observes due process

  17. Hold the University to account over all decisions regarding students in the interest of Union members

  18. To be the lead Sabbatical Officer of contact between the University's Vice-Chancellor and Senior Management Team

  19. To attend and participate in relevant wellbeing and mental health training and learning enhancement opportunities

  20. Organise campaigns alongside the Union Vice President in the interest of the Union's members

  21. Help and assist with the running of Freshers' and Students' Union events

  22. Respond to the student mandate on matters of Union policy and deliver personal manifesto promises

  23. Have an awareness of wider Higher Education issues as well as national and global politics

  24. To contribute to sector-wide debate and activity, including local and regional government lobbying toward student voice and experience.

  25. Be the face of NUA Students' Union and represent the Union at external events




Norwich University of the Arts Students' Union The role of the Students' Union President


  1. To share the responsibility with the Students' Union Vice President to represent NUASU at relevant University Open Days, providing information to prospective students about the Students' Union and NUA student experience

  2. Represent NUA students' views on NUS democracy by attending the NUS National Conference as the NUA voting delegate

  3. Manage the hand-over period with newly elected Officers, ensuring all hand-over documents are up to date and detailed

  4. Offering support to the Vice President by ensuring all club and society documents are kept up to date, with Students' safety at the forefront of all advice issued.

Essential Criteria
  • A passion for helping others, with the desire to make the Union better for all its members

  • Excellent skills in negotiation and persuasion, willing to advocate for students and create change

  • Resilience and be willing to have difficult conversations on behalf of others

  • Leadership - be a role model

  • Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple projects and work to numerous deadlines

  • Respect for democracy, able to support decisions made in the best interests of the Union as a whole

  • Possess excellent interpersonal, communication, and organisational skills

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and deal with sensitive issues with discretion

  • Confident in giving presentations to small and large groups

  • Ability to work independently, lead a team as well as effectively contribute to a team

  • A willingness to work openly and honestly with an appreciation for the fact that this is an elected role and students will hold the President to account for their actions

  • Interest in student issues within NUA Students' Union and the University, as well as nationally

  • Willingness to undertake a large and diverse workload, which at times may be ambiguous

  • Commitment to equality of opportunity for all student members

  • Decisive and willing to make judgment calls

NUA Students’ Union

NUA Students' Union is the representative voice of all NUA students. The Union is an independent, autonomous and democratic organisation whose members are NUA students who automatically become members of the Union. The President and Vice President are elected by ballot via an online election open to all NUA students. The Union is governed by a constitution; the President is responsible, alongside the Vice President, for ensuring that all elements of the constitution are upheld and that the Union is appropriately governed.

The President and Vice President are elected as leaders of the Students' Union. The Students' Union President assumes the role of Student Governor on the University Council, representing students' voices at the University Academic Board and acting as the NUS voting delegate. The Students' Union President's role is to uphold the representation of the Student Voice and ensure the Student Experience is the best it can be. The Students' Union Vice President oversees the welfare and inclusion of all NUA students, keeping the University accountable but with a specific focus on students' wellbeing and inclusivity. The Vice President also works closely with affiliated club and societies and arranges activities and events for NUA students to be a part of.

The President and Vice President are elected into their roles in the Union as a representative organisation in accordance with the Education Act 1994 with a maximum of two terms of service. This maximum length of service is to include either or both roles.

As well as democracy and representation, the Union facilitates social and recreational activities to enhance and enrich University life, coordinating a clubs and societies program. This area of the Union's work is led by the Students' Union Vice President: Activities, Welfare and Inclusion. The Students' Union President is responsible for supporting the Vice President with this, as appropriate.

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