Student Elections 2018

Work for ENSA in session 2018/19!

If you are a current Edinburgh Napier student on a taught course, you are eligible to run for an elected post in ENSA's Student Elections. It doesn't matter what you are studying, or what experience you have. The winning candidates will work as student leaders for ENSA next term, starting summer 2018, for a term of office lasting 1 year.
 

Working as an elected student leader with ENSA can enable you to:

  • enhance the student experience at Edinburgh Napier University
  • boost your future career prospects and employability
  • improve your professional and personal skills
  • develop your students' association

There are 11 posts in total, 3 of which are full-time and paid, the other 8 being part-time volunteer posts. Nominations for all of these posts will open in February.


Full-time Posts

(£17,128pa / 36.25 hours a week / 7 weeks holiday / Sabbatical Training provided / 1 year term) 

There are 3 full-time Sabbatical Officers who are not just student representatives, but trustees too. They offer a unique chance to gain valuable experience in a leadership role at the top of an organisation, with many opportunities for skills development.

Being a full-time President or Vice President involves 2 clear and distinct sets of responsibilities:

1. To represent the collective interests of the students and work with the Executive and Staff teams at ENSA to improve the student experience at Edinburgh Napier

2. To be a Trustee on the Board that has overall responsibility for the strategic management of ENSA as a charity, and to make it a strong and autonomous organisation capable of achieving its vision.

  • All sabbatical positions involve either taking a year out of your studies to complete a year-long term of office, or adding a year on to the end of your degree if you are a final year student.
  • All posts are elected by the students across all campuses and accountable to all students, not just their areas of focus (so the Vice President Reps and Volunteers position is not just accountable to Programme Reps and student volunteers, and the Vice President Sports & Socs is not just accountable to Team Napier).
  • All sabbatical positions run from 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019.
  • All posts are based in ENSA’s Merchiston Office but sabbaticals are expected to work also at other campuses and off campus and the working week is 36.25 hours, Monday to Friday, with occasional evening and weekend work.

Get more information about these posts below.

Student President

Chief spokesperson for Edinburgh Napier University students. Convener of ENSA’s elected Executive, through which democratic policy and initiatives are made. Trustee on ENSA’s Board, with collective responsibility for ENSA’s strategic governance and direction as a charity. Member of University Court with responsibility for Edinburgh Napier University’s governance. Promotes the general welfare/well-being of Edinburgh Napier University students. Works collaboratively with elected officers, ENSA staff and trustees, and the wider community.

Interested? Check the full job description for this post for more details.

Vice President Sports and Societies

Promotes participation in recreational and competitive sport at Edinburgh Napier University; helps club office holders to improve club organisation, and raise aspirations and performance. Encourages participation in societies for shared activities, and helps office holders to make societies active and sustainable. Works with the ENSA team to stage an annual Team Napier Awards Ball. Member of the elected Executive and Trustee of ENSA with responsibility for the collective governance of ENSA as a charity.

Interested? Check the full job description for this post for more details.

Vice President Reps and Volunteers

Promotes a Programme Representative system in which students and the University are active and engaged. Acts as the main point of contact for Reps and ensures that they are able to express their views and get solutions to collective class (not individual) problems. Promotes student participation in volunteering opportunities and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Member of the elected Executive and Trustee of ENSA with responsibility for the collective governance of ENSA as a charity.

Interested? Check the full job description for this post for more details.


Part-time Volunteer Posts

(4-6 hours a week / Training & Development Programme / 1 year term) 

There are 8 part-time Volunteer Posts available for those who will still be on course next year (session 2018/19). These posts have full and equal voting rights on the ENSA Student Executive, and are a great opportunity to develop your skills and work experience while still on your Programme of Study. The time commitment will be around 4-6 hours per week (more at freshers, less around assessment hand-ins and exams).

Get more information about these posts below.

Campus Officers

2 per campus. Represent collective issues raised by students and Reps on academic, facilities, and student experience issues. Build a campus profile, listen to students, represent their views and problem solve on their behalf. Attendance at Exec meetings (Wednesdays every 2-3 weeks), Councils and Forums (2-4 per year). Contribute to ENSA campaigns and events, such as Freshers Week.

Interested? Check the full job description for this post for more details.

Equality and Diversity Officer

Maintains awareness of the diversity and different wants and needs of the student body at Edinburgh Napier University, and engages with that diversity. Combats unfair discrimination against sections of the student body and works to promote opportunities that recognise the diversity of students. Attendance at Exec meetings (Wednesdays every 2-3 weeks), Councils and Forums (2-4 per year).

Interested? Check the full job description for this post for more details.

Activities Officer

Contributes ideas and helps the ENSA team to organise events that build engagement with ENSA: campaigns for change, awards ceremonies and social events, such as Freshers Week and the Team Napier Awards Ball; all subject to budgetary constraints and legal requirements. Attendance at Exec meetings (Wednesdays every 2-3 weeks), Councils and Forums (2-4 per year).

Interested? Check the full job description for this post for more details.


How to Apply

Nominations will open in February 2018, at which point you will be able to download a nomination form to put yourself forward - you will need to fill this in with your details and get it signed by 2 fellow matriculated students as your 'nominators'.

Having doubts about whether it would be worth your time? Check out our guide to election myths. Don't be put off, get your nomination in!

For more information please contact a.whannell@napier.ac.uk.

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