Full-Time Elected Student Officers Wanted


Do you have what it takes to be a Student Leader in 2021-22?

ENSA is looking for 3 Full-Time Elected Student Officers:

These co-equal posts are full-time (for a 1 year term) and require those elected to either take a year out of their studies or to take up their role immediately following graduation.


Full-time officers are:

  • employees of ENSA and subject to general workplace rules.
  • representatives of, and advocates for, the students in general, trying to improve the student experience.
  • trustees of ENSA as a charity, making sure it is properly run and is best able to meet its objectives for the students.

Term of office:
1 year, from 1st July 2021 to 30th June 2022 (with a 2 week training and handover period from mid-June 2021).

All ENSA staff are currently working from home, however, these positions are normally based at Merchiston Campus, with the expectation that Officers will spend a lot of time out and about on all 3 campuses.

Salary: £18,795

Hours of Work:
36.25 hours weekly (but not normally 9am-5pm). There’s some evening work after 5pm, and occasional weekends involved.

Holiday entitlement:
7 weeks annual holiday (2 fixed weeks for the winter break, 2 fixed weeks for the spring break and 3 flexible summer weeks).

Election Process:

  • All 3 posts are open to all matriculated Edinburgh Napier students who are currently active on a programme of study.
  • Selection is by the students, through an online cross-campus ballot.
  • All candidates must submit an application form, with a manifesto (check out our Writing a Manifesto Guide) of no more than 300 words, a photo and attend a briefing meeting with ENSA.
  • Candidate applications are open NOW! Download your Information & Application Pack here.
  • The deadline for applications is 12pm on Wednesday 17 March 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • Elections to be held over the week commencing Monday 22 March 2021.

FTOsWhat's involved?
Being a Co-President at ENSA is about being a leader, not a manager. It is about improving things for students and developing strategy for ENSA as the charitable organisation set up to support and represent Edinburgh Napier students.

You will be a valued student leader but you won’t get to boss anyone about. You will be expected to put in effort, speak to a lot of people, work outside of office hours where necessary, and play a constructive part in a wider team to achieve your goals.

You will need to rise to a wide variety of challenges and push yourself out of your comfort zone. You will develop new skills and attributes in a real work environment where what you do, or don’t do, can have a real impact on other peoples’ lives.

You will need to be able to plan and prepare well, but you will also need to deal with unexpected issues. There can be a steep learning curve at ENSA but you won’t be on your own. ENSA’s staff will provide support and guidance when you need it, and you will get plenty of training.

You will have fun and make a lot of new social and professional connections but you will also learn to cope with disappointment when you don’t always get what you set out to achieve. Success won’t always be quick or easy.

If you commit to your role and do the best you can in any situation, this experience can reveal things that you never knew about yourself - things that will set you apart in the graduate job market, and show you the kind of career you might want to pursue.

Candidate applications are open NOW! Download your Election Candidate Information Pack & Application Form here.

If you have any questions or would like further information, simply email p.mitchell@napier.ac.uk.

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