Equality & Diversity Officer

ENSA Equality and Diversity Officer

Volunteer Role. The ENSA Equality and Diversity Officer is an unpaid, volunteer role, but has full and equal voting rights on the ENSA Student Executive.

Eligibility. To be eligible to stand you must be a current student of Edinburgh Napier University registered to a programme of study and be intending to continue on your programme after the summer vacation. Your election is subject to a ballot of students across campus.

Purpose of the Role. The role of Equality and Diversity Officer is to promote equality and prevent unfair discrimination on campus and across University and ENSA student activities. 

Time Commitment. 4-6 hours per week during term time (more at Freshers, less around assessment hand-ins and exams).

  1. Become aware of the issues affecting “minority status” groups around campus and of the particular barriers that may prevent them from engaging fully with their programme and/or the student experience.
  2. Create and develop informal forums or meetings (physical or virtual) that encourage communities of interest in these communities to come together to communicate and articulate their needs so that they can better engage with ENSA and the University and transform the student experience into a more inclusive culture.
  3. Make yourself aware of the policy initiatives that effectively tackle unfair discrimination and impede participation.
  4. Work through the University’s Equality and Diversity Committee and ENSA Executive to make members aware of discrimination issues and articulate needs and policies that promote better equality and diversity.
  5. Create a cross campus profile for ENSA and your role by regularly making yourself available to students through pop up unions and other activities. Listen to their ideas and concerns about their student experience.
  6. Attend regular meetings (every 2-3 weeks) of the Student Executive: bringing proposals to improve the student experience to it; scrutinising the proposals of others; helping make good policy through discussion, reporting on your activities, holding other elected Executive members to account for what they do, or do not do.
  7. Attend Student Councils (of programme reps) and Forums (4 per year in total) and make yourself available for questions about your role from the reps and the students.
  8. Help out with ENSA events such as Freshers Week, ENSA campaigns, and joint projects.
  9. Attend Exec Training.

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