Student President

ENSA President

Eligibility. To be eligible to stand for election you must be a current student of Edinburgh Napier University registered to a programme taught on the particular campus you wish to represent. You can be about to complete your degree this session, or take a year out of your studies.

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE POST

The ENSA Presidential role is a high profile leadership position within the University and the wider community, with a requirement that the post-holder is proactive in communication: listening to students and articulating their views at a range of formal and informal opportunities. The Presidential role requires the creation of an active and visible profile around campus and virtually, to engage with students and get them actively involved in shaping their own student experience.

The ENSA President has a specific responsibility to include and represent the views of Edinburgh Napier’s diverse student population as well as leading campaigns to support student welfare & well-being. 

The ENSA President works collaboratively with a wide range of people including ENSA elected officers and staff, students, members of University staff and Court, and the external community.

As a member of the Board of Trustees, be responsible for ENSA as an organisation, its resources and its staff.


ROLE DESCRIPTOR

1. Primary Spokesperson and Representative.

The ENSA President is the primary representative, spokesperson and ambassador for ENSA and its activities in general and on behalf of Edinburgh Napier students. 

The ENSA President is the primary external contact and press spokesperson on behalf of the student body and ENSA.

The ENSA President has a particular remit for representing students in relation to their welfare, well-being and general facilities and ensuring that ENSA is representative and inclusive of the University’s diverse student population.  
 
The ENSA President has a particular remit for developing and implementing the ENSA communications strategy in collaboration with the ENSA communications staff team. 

The ENSA President undertakes these responsibilities in accordance with the collective decision-making of the Student Executive/Student Forum on matters of democratic leadership; and in accordance with the collective decision-making of the ENSA Trustee Board on matters of strategic direction.

2. Increasing Student Engagement.

The ENSA President has a responsibility to actively promote ENSA to students and, to actively seek their opinions to encourage student engagement in shaping their own student experience; working with the University to ensure that the overall experience of Edinburgh Napier University students is constantly evolving and improving to be the best it can be.

The ENSA President has a particular remit for developing and implementing the ENSA communications strategy in collaboration with the ENSA communications staff team. 

3. Trusteeship.

a) ENSA is a registered charity and all 3 sabbaticals are trustees on its Board. The Board is responsible for the charity; so it sets the overall strategic objectives of the organisation and has overall responsibility for allocating priorities and key resources – its funds and assets, its staff team and its reputation. It works as a Board to assess the opportunities and risks that the organisations faces, ensures that there is “due process” to make robust and tested decisions on the way forward, and it brings in independent expertise from outside ENSA to add to the Board’s skills and knowledge base to support this role. In particular the President has a responsibility to prepare and deliver a report on the behalf of the Executive to the Board and bring it up to date with the developments on student representation.

b) University Court: The ENSA President is a member of the University’s governing body, University Court and is the primary representative of ENSA and the general student population at Court. The President has collective responsibility along with other Court members for the strategic direction of the University and the resourcing and evaluation of the delivery of University strategies.

4. Student Executive Committee and Student Forum.

The ENSA President is responsible for convening the Student Executive Committee and the Student Forum and ensuring that their collective voices are represented within the University, ENSA and wider communities. 

5. Operations.

The President is an active member of the Sabbaticals and Managers Operations Group and has operational oversight of Sabbatical work practices and workload management.

6. University Committees and Working Groups.  

a) The ENSA President meets and communicates regularly with the University Leadership Team, including the Principal, Deputy and Assistant Principals and Deans of School.

b) The ENSA President is a member of a range of ENSA and University committees and working groups. The President is responsible for ensuring that the views of ENSA and its student members are represented in these forums and for reporting back through the appropriate channels on developments and issues of interest. 

c) The ENSA President meets and communicates regularly with the University Leadership Team, including the Principal, Deputy and Assistant Principals and Deans of School.

d) University Strategies: The ENSA President is the primary representative for ENSA in relation to the University’s Student Experience Strategy and Estates Strategy.

e) Additional Committees: The ENSA President is a member of the following  committees but will also be allocated to working groups as they are convened.

  • ENSA Student Council
  • University Academic Board
  • University Student Experience Committee
  • University Equality and Diversity Committee
  • University Induction Communications Group   

7. Campaigns.

The ENSA President has specific responsibility for leading ENSA campaigns on student welfare, well-being and diversity & inclusion in partnership with the Student Executive and staff teams, particularly ENSA Advice. 

8. Shared Sabbatical Responsibilities.
The ENSA Sabbatical Officers have shared, equal, and collective responsibility to:

  1. be the democratically elected student leadership of Edinburgh Napier University students.
  2. be full and equal members of the ENSA Student Executive Committee and Student Council making policy and taking collectively agreed initiatives on behalf of the students.
  3. represent and campaign on behalf of Edinburgh Napier University students on campaigns prioritised collectively by the Student Executive Committee.
  4. support the shared goals of the Student Executive Committee and provide practical support and guidance to its part time members.
  5. promote and profile ENSA as determined by the ENSA Communications strategy including attending events and activities.
  6. attend designated committees and meetings as ENSA representatives.
  7. contribute to operational work through the Sabbaticals and Managers Operations Group.
  8. contribute to designated fund-raising activities. 
  9. work within ENSA and with the University and other partners and organisations, such as the QAA, HEA, SPARQS, NUS Scotland, the Scottish Funding Council and other government agencies to improve the student experience
  10. attend and participate in a range of training and personal development events and opportunities to improve skills and knowledge base.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

This role would suit an effective communicator, someone with broad student appeal and confidence, who can listen, understand and articulate the needs of students and create a strong and positive profile for both ENSA and its student members to a range of audiences.

The President should be able to make effective verbal and written representations to senior decision-makers and be a good advocate. The President should take the position as a senior student representative in that process to ensure that the student view is heard and acted upon.

The President should be a good team-player and be able to support and lead an effective Executive team as a “first amongst equals” and help them with their efforts on behalf of the students. The role requires a candidate who can organise and lead campaigns, either through negotiation or by mobilising students, to improve their conditions. The President should be an ambassador for both Edinburgh Napier students and ENSA and its values and support the efforts of the wider ENSA staff and student team.

In addition to being a student representative, the President is also a trustee of ENSA as a charitable organisation and must take those responsibilities seriously in terms of acting as a custodian of ENSA and its assets, and exercising a duty of care towards ENSA staff and the allocation of resources towards strategic objectives. 

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