Could you give your fellow students a voice?

Ruth Peterson | November 26, 2020

Bradford College Students’ Union (BCSU) is looking for the next set of talented students to stand for election to lead, shape and improve its work.

The Students’ Union now has the following elected paid part-time roles:

  • Students’ Union President
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer (2 roles available)
  • Education & Welfare Officer for Higher Education (HE)
  • Education & Welfare Officer for Further Education (FE)

An opportunity like no other

Graham Bailey, Head of Student Services at Bradford College, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for students aged 16+ to make a real difference to the college, their peers and future students. Those elected will receive training and support to help develop their skills in teamwork, leadership, negotiating and problem solving amongst others.”

Salsabil’s success

The role is ideal if you, like Salsabil Elmegri, have a passion for empowering your fellow students and being their voice on important issues affecting the college.

Salsabil became a sabbatical officer for the Students’ Union while studying for an Access to Higher Education course at Bradford College. She went on to become Vice President of the BCSU. Earlier this year she became the National Union of Students’ Vice President for Further Education.

Umar: “A chance to change things for the better”

Bradford College Intervention Officer Umar Rafique spent two years playing another key role in supporting students as Vice President of the BCSU.

Umar joined in 2013, towards the end of his law degree. He said: “I felt like things could be improved and changed. With my interest in politics and law, it was an opportunity to make a difference and change things for the better for students after my degree.

“In the last year of my course, somebody else was campaigning for election. They told me about what they did. It sounded like something I really wanted to do.”

Umar’s election came at a busy time for the Students’ Union. He said: “I was training and working with course representatives in various ways. I also set up campaigns as a result of student feedback, working alongside college staff.”

Successful campaigns

Among the major campaigns the Students’ Union successfully campaigned for a library in the David Hockney Building. Quiet study rooms were also set up as a result of BCSU activity.

Umar added: “We also worked closely with the IT department to have better IT infrastructure within the college as students said they didn’t have enough access to equipment. The College agreed to purchase hundreds of laptops for students to use and improve the WIFI.”

Even small changes make a big difference

The roles now available are part time and paid hourly. Students can nominate themselves for the roles, shaping the work of their Student Union and making sure it is in the best possible position to support the needs of yourself and your fellow students.

Umar said: “You don’t need to make a massive change to have an impact. Even small changes like more water fountains around the building or helping to change timetables benefit people. We even organised an end of year party to celebrate student success.

“There is no job like working for the Students’ Union. The role was fun, exciting and important. I was a leader, a representative, a campaigner and problem-solver. Of all my experiences in life, being a students’ union officer made me who I am today. I learnt so many new skills and met so many different people. It was one of the best experiences I have ever had.”

How to apply

Full details including role descriptions and the nomination form are available here:  

Nominations close on Monday 30 November.

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