Posted on Wed 22 Jan 2020 at 13:03 by Christopher Carter
Nominations are now open in the Autumn Elections here at the SU, giving you the chance to run for a range of Officer positions - including my current role as Postgraduate Officer!
I think one of the most interesting things about the PG Officer role is just how varied it is. As the lead representative for postgrads at Warwick, you tend to dip into each key area a little bit to ensure that the University and SU are constantly thinking about PG students, meeting their needs and making this university a better place for us to work, study and socialise. From day-to-day, this means that your schedule can be quite varied – you get to take the lead on a wide range of different activities, from sitting on University committees to running PG-friendly events at the SU!
As the basis of this role is to represent postgraduate students specifically, it is important that you are motivated to support the many issues that PGs may experience as part of the postgraduate lifecycle, which is a very different experience to that of undergrads! This can include speaking up for postgrads who teach on issues such as pay and employment conditions, providing opportunities for socialising, and helping to manage stress around dissertation season.
To be effective in this role, I believe that the most important quality you need to have is a genuine care and passion for students and student issues. When you’re not working on all things postgrad, you’re also a member of the SU Board of Trustees and part of the Student Officer team, working alongside all the other elected officers to run the Students’ Union and look out for the general student population on campus. Working so closely with such a tight-knit group is a really rewarding experience, and teaches you a lot about teamwork!
Find out more about the different roles that are available and nominate yourself online at www.warwicksu.com/elections - nominations close at Noon on 11th February.