What Positions Can I Run For?

What Are The Roles?

In this election there are 19 exciting roles up for grabs. Some involve representing thousands of students in your Faculty in the University, others see you become the leader of a Student Network organising campaigns and some will let you take a fully paid year off from Uni!

Depending on who you are, what your interests are or what matters most to you, several of these roles may be perfect for you. Have a look to see what excites you!

Full Time Sabbatical Officers

The Full-Time Officers are elected to work at YUSU for a year to deliver on their manifestos and represent students at York in the University and nationally. They serve as trustees of the organisation and ensure the issues that matter to you most are represented in meetings with the leaders of the University.

Union President

Acts as the main spokesperson for YUSU, chairs the Board of Trustees and is responsible for the reputation, leadership and direction of YUSU as a democratic organisation.

As President you will work closely with the University’s Vice Chancellor as well as students and University staff.

Achievements of YUSU Presidents:

  • Helped get mental health on the University’s agenda, backing a mental health taskforce that led to £500,000 of investment being secured for student mental health provisions.

  • Developed an international student network with International Students’ Officers, feeding back experiences of student life to the Deputy Vice Chancellor.

  • Worked with the University to cap tuition fees for students.

Nominations have closed

York Sport President

The York Sport President is the main point of contact for all University and college sport clubs. They coordinate and develop sport within YUSU and work to increase opportunities and participation.They help to shape the direction of sports and physical activity at York, as well as running massive events such as Roses, College Varsity and Colours Ball.

Achievements of York Sport Presidents:

  • Started the creation of a sports strategy for York that will combine all areas of sport and physical activity under one banner.

  • Created One To Watch Fixtures, highlighting key University sport matches.

  • Have grown the college sport program to introduce new sports and introduced a ‘Spotlight on Sport’ programme to highlight different events.

Nominations have closed

Academic Officer

Represents students on issues relating to their course, teaching and learning facilities. The Academic Officer also works with over 400 Course Reps, Department Reps and Faculty Reps to ensure that every student has the opportunity to shape how their course is taught.

Achievements for Academic Officers:

  • Modifying the Academic Representation Policy so that reps now have access to VLE sites or mailing lists to contact their entire cohorts.

  • Adding optional question banks to the NSS, giving students the opportunity to feedback to the University their views on safety and support services on campus.

  • Bringing Lecture Capture into use across the University, starting with an opt-in system and gradually leading to a situation whereby almost all lectures are now recorded.

  • Working with the University to ensure additional pop-up study space is available during the exam period, creating 370 additional desks for study as a consequence.

  • Developing changes to the Guide to Assessment, leading to quicker feedback turnaround time, staggered penalties for late submission, and an adjusted implementation of the extra time policy in open examinations.

Nominations have closed

Student Activities Officer

Supports and develops engagement and inclusivity in extra-curricular activities; including Societies, Media, RAG and Volunteering. The Student Activities Officer represents 200+ student groups to the University, lobbying for their interests and making sure that they receive the recognition they deserve.

Achievements for Student Activities Officers:

  • Development of the ‘STAR Awards’ to recognise the work of student groups.

  • Implementing Give it a Go week to help students try activities for free.

  • Lobbying for flat space for students to perform and practice.

Nominations have closed

Community & Wellbeing Officer

Represents students on issues affecting their wellbeing, such as health, finance, accommodation and security, as well as wider community issues. The Community and Wellbeing Officer is key to ensuring that students from a range of backgrounds and minority groups are represented within the University. They also ensure that students are represented fairly within the local community, liaising with both town and parish council officials.

Achievements for Community and Wellbeing Officers:

  • Online hate crime reporting system introduced.

  • Leave of absence research, which led to changes in how support is provided.

  • Establishing the ‘Keep Your Cool’ project, which ensures students know where to turn and what to do during stressful exam periods.

  • More than doubled the University’s Scholarship offering for students from hardship.

Nominations have closed

Part Time Officers

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! Register your interest to find out more.

To find out more about our current Part Time Officers, head to our Part Time Officer page.

Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Officer

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.

Nominations have closed

Candidates for this position must identify as BAME. Two Students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win! Register your interest to find out more.

Disabled Students' Officer

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

Nominations have closed

Candidates for this position must self-define as having a disability, or be considered to have one by the University or law. Two Students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win! Register your interest to find out more.

Environment and Ethics Officer

The Environment + Ethics Officer exists to promote sustainable and fair practices at the University of York. They consult with University management and influence policy. They raise awareness through student-led campaigns and make saving the planet enjoyable and accessible. They lead the Environment + Ethics Collective, a student-led group which campaigns for the University to follow environmentally and ethically sound policies and influences student habits to be more sustainable. Read the objectives of the current Officer here.

Achievements of the Environment and Ethics Officer:

  • Worked with the University to make meat free Mondays a key fixture in University catering.

  • Promoted sustainability within societies, sports teams and other YUSU groups.

  • Hosted ethical food fairs during Freshers’ week to ensure that students had vegan and vegetarian food choices.

Achievements of the Environment and Ethics Officer:

  • Worked with the University to make meat free Mondays a key fixture in University catering.

  • Promoted sustainability within societies, sports teams and other YUSU groups.

  • Hosted ethical food fairs during Freshers’ week to ensure that students had vegan and vegetarian food choices.

  • Delivered a petition signed by over a thousand people to the University calling on them to divest from fossil fuels.

Nominations have closed

Two Students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win! Register your interest to find out more.

International Students' Officer

The International Students’ Officers represent 20% of the student population. They hold drop ins, support international events and ensure that international students get the fairest deal while studying at York. They lead the International Students’ Association (ISA), a student network which enables cultural exchange, addresses welfare issues and fosters a welcoming community for international students at York. Read the objectives of the current Officers here.

Achievements of the International Officers:

  • Developing a representation network feeding back to the Deputy Vice Chancellor on international strategy.

  • Hosted popular weekly drop ins to help international students raise concerns and navigate studying in the UK.

  • Won multiple funding bids from YUFund to promote Global Week, York’s premier international cultural showcase.

Nominations have closed

It is recommended that candidates be a current international student. Two Students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win! Register your interest to find out more.

LGBTQ Officer

The LGBTQ Officer is responsible for representing the views and needs of LGBTQ students and making sure they are taken into account by the Students’ Union and the University. They run campaigns to make York a more inclusive and diverse place for LGBTQ people and see that awareness of LGBTQ issues is increased. They also lead the LGBTQ Network which is a student group which exists to help LGBTQ students get to know each other, runs discussions, relaxed meetings, and gets involved with events like York Pride. Read the objectives of the current Officer here.

Achievements of LGBTQ Officers:

  • Introduced asexual and trans awareness weeks.

  • Collaborated with the University and local communities group for LGBT history month.

  • Host the annual David Kato memorial lectures, drawing attention to key issues impacting LGBTQ people across the world.

Nominations have closed

Candidates must identify as LGBTQ. Two Students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win! Register your interest to find out more.

Mature Students' Officer

The Mature Students’ Officer is responsible for representing the views and interests of mature students at the University of York and campaigning to make sure that mature students feel included and supported. They also lead the Mature Students’ Association (MSA), a student group which exists to represent mature students' interests, run social events and offer an atmosphere of support for mature students. They work with organisations such as the Student Hub and also the Family Network on a range of campaigns and issues.

Achievements of the Mature Students Officer:

  • Organising a range of events for mature students to gather and socialise

  • Working with student hub to represent the needs of mature students

  • Worked with the Family Network to promote issues for students with families.

Nominations have closed

Shall be over the age of 21 . Two Students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win!

RAG (Raising and Giving) Officer

Develops fundraising opportunities for students. The RAG Officers cover some of YUSU’s biggest events. From raising money in Freshers’ to hosting and organising RAG week, they are dedicated to ensuring our RAG charities receive funds that keep their services alive. Read the objectives of the current Officers here.

Achievements of the RAG Officers:

  • Raising £1600 for Kidscan through Jailbreak  in 2017

  • Raising £1800 for IDAS and Kidscan through RAG Week

  • Hosting NUS RAG Conference in 2014.

Nominations have closed

Two Students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win! Register your interest to find out more.

Volunteering Officer

Develops opportunities for students to become involved in volunteering. YUSU Volunteering Officers facilitate a wide range of opportunities to volunteer and support a whole range of projects. From one off events to longer term opportunities, the Volunteering Officers are at the heart of developing an inclusive and strong campus community. Read the objectives of the current Officers here.

Achievements of the Volunteering Officers:

  • Setting up ‘Make a Difference’ or ‘MAD’ days, one off opportunities for students to take part in volunteering activities with local groups.  

  • Organising Volunteering celebration events to promote the work done by volunteers.

  • Organised volunteer fairs in order for students to meet volunteer groups in an easy and accessible setting.

Nominations have closed

Two Students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win! Register your interest to find out more.

Womens' Officer

Women’s Officers have driven campus events and created change. The Women’s Officers represent self-defining women and non-binary people on campus.

Women’s Officers have driven campus events and created change to benefit the lives of women and non-binary students. Through events, campaigns and lobbying, the Women’s Officers represent self-defining women and non-binary people on campus. They also lead the Women Students’ Network which is supported by a committee. Read the objectives of the current Officers here.

Achievements of Women’s Officers:

  • Developed consent talks, which now form part of the induction programme for all University of York freshers.

  • Tackled rape culture by supporting the #It’sNotOk campaign.

  • Developed the online student misconduct system with the Communities and Wellbeing Officer.

Nominations have closed

Candidates must identify as Women or non-binary. Two Students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win! Register your interest to find out more.

Working Class & Social Mobility Officer

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.

Nominations have closed

Candidates must identify as working class. Two Students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win! Register your interest to find out more.

Non Officer Roles

Officers, Academic Reps and NUS Delegates are all elected to communicate a wide range of issues to the University and on a national level.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 Rep (Arts and Humanities)

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.

Nominations have closed

Must be studying an Arts and Humanities course

Faculty Rep (Sciences)

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.

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.

Nominations have closed

Must be studying a Sciences course

Faculty Rep (Social Sciences)

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.

Nominations have closed

Must be studying a Social Sciences course

Policy Coordinator

The Policy Coordinator oversees accountability for elected Officers at YUSU as well as the Union’s student-led policy process. Policy is the way in which students can submit their ideas for how to improve life for students in their Union, the University and beyond, which elected Officers then work on to implement. The Policy Coordinator chairs the Policy Review Group in order to ensure that students can give feedback on any ideas submitted.

More information on the policy process can be found here.

What does the Policy Coordinator do?

  • Works with Union staff to ensure that all submitted ideas are legal and financially viable.

  • Developes communications that promote the policy process to all students.

  • Creates frameworks for students to submit policy in an easy to understand format.

  • Recruits and leads a group of students to help in this called the ‘Policy Review Group’.

Nominations have closed

Student Trustee

The Trustee Board is the Union’s main governing body responsible for overseeing the work of the Union and setting the strategic direction. The Board holds ultimate responsibility for the financial health, legal compliance and development of the Union. The board of trustees is made up of elected Officers, appointed external trustees and three elected student trustees, ensuring it is well-run and always acting in the best interests of students. Student trustees are not involved in the day to day running of YUSU, but as a voluntary trustee it would be your role to help ensure that the charity is well-governed and doing a great job for students.

If you’re passionate about governance and services for students and keen to gain experience in governing one of the largest charities in North Yorkshire - then this could be just the role for you. You don’t need to be an expert in anything to go for this role, you get given support to enable you to contribute to board meetings, what’s most important is you are interested in how the organisation is run and you care about making life better for students at York.

Information Pack (PDF 2.43MB)

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