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After a record-breaking Officer Election saw a brand new team voted in for next year...
We’ve got some unfinished business.

Are you from a liberation background which needs representation in this University?

Have you got some bright ideas for improving the experience for students in your Faculty?

Are you looking to get more involved in the Union and lead some exciting campaigns?

Timeline



Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Officer

Part-time Officers are student volunteers who are currently studying at York University. They represent students on a range of issues including liberation, volunteering, raising and giving and environment and ethics. Alongside delivering their manifestos, they also become the leaders of the student Network for their position and are supported by a committee. Two students can run as a pair and ‘job-share’ the role if they win!

The BAME Students' Officers represent the views of students’ at York who self define as BAME, which is including but not limited to students of African, Asian, Arab and Latin American heritages. They campaign within the Union, University and in wider society; promoting equality for BAME students and celebrating the diversity of culture within the student body at York. They also lead the BAME Students’ Network and host regular social and campaigning events. Read the objectives of the current Officers here.

Achievements of BAME Officers:

  • Creating the ‘Black Excellence’ poster campaign, demonstrating the achievements of Black alumni and current students at York.

  • Working on the NUS campaign: ‘Why is my curriculum white?’

  • Increased awareness of Black culture, history and literature through organising engaging events and campaigns during Black History Month.

Disabled Students' Officer

Part-time Officers are student volunteers who are currently studying at York University. They represent students on a range of issues including liberation, volunteering, raising and giving and environment and ethics. Alongside delivering their manifestos, they also become the leaders of the student Network for their position and are supported by a committee. Two students can run as a pair and ‘job-share’ the role if they win!

The Disabled Students’ Officer is responsible for representing disabled students; they promote awareness of accessibility and welfare issues for disabled students on campus and campaign to make University an accessible and inclusive environment. They also lead the Disabled Students’ Network (DSN), which is a peer support and social network for disabled students. Read the objectives of the current Officer here.

Achievements of Disabled Students’ Officers:

  • Lobbied for accessibility in Sports.

  • Launched the ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible Campaign’

  • Provided input into University and Union communication and development plans

Working Class Officer

Part-time Officers are student volunteers who are currently studying at York University. They represent students on a range of issues including liberation, volunteering, raising and giving and environment and ethics. Alongside delivering their manifestos, they also become the leaders of the student Network for their position and are supported by a committee. Two students can run as a pair and ‘job-share’ the role if they win!

The Working Class and Social Mobility Officer is a relatively new position at YUSU created following a referendum last year in which students voted for a new post to:

  • Advocate for and represent the interests of students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds on campus.

  • Campaign and lobby the University in the interest of students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • Coordinate opportunities for working-class students.

This role will focus on developing the student Network, lobbying the University and running some impactful campaigns based on your manifesto objectives. Read the objectives of the current Officers here.

Work done by the first ever Working Class Officers this year includes a conference organised by the Officers called ‘York Has Class’, which was a day of discussion, cultural performances and workshops surrounding the experiences of working class people.


Faculty Rep (Arts and Humanities)

Like Part-Time Officers, the Policy Coordinator and Faculty Representatives carry out their roles alongside their studies and seek to improve the experiences of students on campus.

Faculty Reps work behind the scenes, sitting on some of the highest-level committees to shape and influence University-wide decisions. As a Faculty Rep you will champion student feedback on teaching and learning and have an opportunity to make positive changes for students.

As part of the Academic Representation Network you are supported by over 450 Reps and the Student Engagement Team at YUSU. Faculty Reps can have a huge impact and the experience gained in the role is great for both personal and professional development.

Achievements of the Faculty Reps:

  • Successfully worked with Senate to find a better solution for governance and ownership of joint degrees.

  • Collected a huge amount of student opinion on open access to alternate module content - this will be taken to the University soon.

Find out more about academic representation here.


Faculty Rep (Social Sciences)

Like Part-Time Officers, the Policy Coordinator and Faculty Representatives carry out their roles alongside their studies and seek to improve the experiences of students on campus.

Faculty Reps work behind the scenes, sitting on some of the highest-level committees to shape and influence University-wide decisions. As a Faculty Rep you will champion student feedback on teaching and learning and have an opportunity to make positive changes for students.

As part of the Academic Representation Network you are supported by over 450 Reps and the Student Engagement Team at YUSU. Faculty Reps can have a huge impact and the experience gained in the role is great for both personal and professional development.

Achievements of the Faculty Reps:

  • Successfully worked with Senate to find a better solution for governance and ownership of joint degrees.

  • Collected a huge amount of student opinion on open access to alternate module content - this will be taken to the University soon.

Find out more about academic representation here.