YOUR OFFICER TEAM

Brighton Students' Union is led by a team of elected students, all who work in a different area to make things better for students studying here. Five of these officers are elected to do this full time, where they either take a year off their course to hold the role or start just after they've graduated. The other reps and officers do a few hours a week in the role, which they do voluntarily alongside their degree. All the officers are here to represent you on all levels and make your time here as good as it could be.

Brighton SU has five Full Time Officers who are elected by students every year. These five Officers are the full time representatives of all students studying at the University of Brighton, and each Officer works on a specific area to help make the Students' Union and the University better for everyone who studies here.

To check our your Full Time Officers click here!


Harry LGBTQ Officer
HARRY HARPER
LGBTQ+ OFFICER

Find out more about Harry

Mwembe BME Officer
MWEMBE NACHILONGO
BME OFFICER (OPEN)

Find out more about Mwembe

JAMELL BROWN
ETHICS & ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER

Find out more about Jamell

MARK HARVEY
DISABLED STUDENTS' OFFICER (OPEN)

Find out more about Mark

Farhoud International Students Officer
FARHOUD SALMANMOHAJER
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS' OFFICER

Find out more about Farhoud

Kirsty Women's Officer
KIRSTY HEARN
WOMEN'S OFFICER

Find out more about Kirsty

Shile NUS Delegate
SHILE GBELEE
NUS CONFERENCE DELEGATE

Find out more about Shile

SUZIE DOUGLAS
NUS CONFERENCE DELEGATE

Find out more about Suzie

Content to come soon!

 

The Volunteer Resources are here to provide all volunteer officers with the tools they need to be a successful representative throughout their elected term in office. Here we have all the relevant documentation to understand your role, run campaigns, get invloved in NUS Conferences and find all the contacts for the Student Voice Team!

Click on the links below to find out more information about that topic!

YOUR PURPOSE

The Volunteer Officers work to proactively represent the rights of the students in their specific student groups. They ensure that the Students’ Union as a whole takes the views and needs of these students into account, and undertake projects and campaigns to support their groups.  Officers also ensure that each and every student belonging to their specific student group have adequate support for any issues they might encounter and have access to activities and services they require as a student at the University of Brighton. They will proactively represent these students’ rights on and off campus.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Proactively championing the rights and needs of a specific student group, in the Students’ Union and on the campus.
  • To work with the liberation campaigning groups to support their aims and objectives, and to campaign for change using student ideas and concerns as a focus.
  • To feed into be responsible the development and oversight of the Students’ Union’s equality and diversity work.
  • To talk to students electronically and face-to-face and share their concerns and ideas with the relevant groups or to sign-post them to the relevant people.
  • To update, and talk to the Full-Time Elected Officers and Students’ Union staff on issues facing the students they represent.
  • To campaign for change using student ideas and concerns as a focus.
  • To promote and bring about change based on manifesto promises.
  • To act as a responsible member of the Students’ Union Executive Committee.
  • To be professional in fulfilling their elected role and duties.
  • To stay within the policy and procedures of the Students’ Union at all times when representing students or the Students’ Union, to be patient and calm with students whose views are different from your own, to work towards an effective handover.

TIME COMMITTMENT

This is a Volunteer, unpaid position. Volunteer Officers are asked to attend the Volunteer Officer induction session, Student Forums, and Course Reps Forums. This will prepare you for the role, and also give you a chance to respond to questions by students that you might answer in person. There may be regular meetings which will be arranged between the Student Officer and the members of the Students’ Union Student Voice which you have been granted unity with.

Beyond this, Volunteer Officers can choose how much time they dedicate to their role.

CAMPAIGN

There may be projects that you would like to enact within your role, which may include organising events to increase the awareness of a particular campaign circulating across universities nationally, or even government campaigns that you feel very strongly towards; changing behaviour, or improving attitudes to a culture or subculture. We are here to assist you in achieving your targets through engagement in the reward scheme and aiding your creativity when you have that sudden lightbulb moment!

With any idea it may come with boundaries, but here are the contacts that you may find important when devising a campaign or event.

USEFUL CONTACTS

In order for the volunteer officers to receive full support, there is a dedicated team purely focused on student voice, who are there to support all officers. Meet our team below!

TOM FOY

Hi! I’m Tom and I am the Student Voice Manager.

Feel free to contact me at T.Foy@brighton.ac.uk or call me on 01273 643538

DAN SIMMONDS

Hi! I’m Dan and I am the Student Voice Coordinator.

Feel free to contact me at D.Simmonds2@brighton.ac.uk or call me on 01273 643127

TACITA FRENCH

Hi! I’m Tacita and I’m one of the Student Voice Interns. My primary role is to liaise with the Union’s officers and collaborate with students on all things to do with representation and democracy!

I’m passionate about talking to students and getting things changed for the better!

Feel free to contact me at T.French@brighton.ac.uk or call me on 01273 643538

PHILIP WITHERS

Hi! I’m Philip and I’m one of the Student Voice Interns.

My primary roles is to facilitate Volunteer Officer’s development, deliver Course Rep training sessions, increase Undergraduate and Postgraduate engagement with the Brighton Students’ Union, attend Student Forums and facilitate Course Rep drop-in sessions. I am passionate about developing an Environmentally friendly stance within the BSU; with assisting Volunteer Officer’s in developing a sustainability policy, and to later fill in the NUS Green Impact Survey with data from Masters students that have audited all the BSUs shops & cafes as part of their module.

Feel free to contact me at P.Withers@brighton.ac.uk or call me on 01273 643538

NUS CONFERENCE

Conferences are the lead decision making bodies of the organisation where delegates representing students from across our membership review the work over the last year, decide on priorities and policy for the following year and elect the leadership.

National Conference is held annually in April and is the head decision-making body of NUS. Delegates are elected from each local students’ union that is an affiliated member of NUS to represent students’ views on a national level.

As well as National Conference there are separate conferences for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, for our Liberation Campaigns and for specific groups of students known as ‘Sections’ in NUS which includes International, Postgraduate and Mature and Part Time students.

There are over 20 Conferences run by NUS so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. These include:

  • NUS UK National Conference
  • NUS Scotland Conference
  • NUS Wales Conference
  • NUS USI Conference
  • Liberation Conferences (including those run in the Nations)
  • Sections Conferences (including those run in the Nations)

Contact your Student Voice rep to find out how you can become an NUS delegate to one of our Conferences.

QUALIFICATIONS

You must be a current student at the University of Brighton, and be a full member of the Students’ Union who identifies themselves as belonging to one of the defined liberation groups (Female Students, Ethnic Minority Students, LGBTQ Students, Students with Disabilities, Trans and Non-Binary Students).

WHATS APP GROUP

The WhatsApp group is for all volunteer officers to communicate with each other more effectively, especially if officers are away from their emails and what to keep up to date with what’s going on in the Union. However there are rules in place to ensure the WhatsApp isn’t abused or used inappropriately. If you aren’t already a member of the group and would like to be please contact one of the Student Voice Team.

Terms Of Use for the group

  • Members can only post within the chat between 9am-7pm
  • Discussion should stay focused on role related and SU topics.
  • No abusive language, gossip or unnecessary swearing.
  • Encourage the sharing of ideas and events.

SOCIAL MEDIA

As a volunteer officer, you need to ensure your fellow students are aware of current issues in your area and that they take part in any activities you organise. Both of these require student engagement which relies on marketing and communication.

Social media is a great platform for passively advertising and promoting. People use social media everyday and you can put information in front of people without them having to actively seek it; it’s a great way to spread awareness of your activities and your role as a whole.

Please remember when on social media, that you are representing Brighton Students' Union and all interactions with both students and non-students must remain professional and polite.

The best way that you can promote your events and what you're up to is to post on our BSU Channels! We have a huge reach and can promote positive things that you're doing! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

USING OUR BRAND

We want to ensure that people are aware that you are part of Brighton Students' Union. There are many positives reasons for this for you as a volunteer officer. We therefore ask that you are clear in promotion such as posters that you are part of Brighton SU. There are a few things when doing this to remember:

  • We are Brighton Students' Union – please use our full name or Brighton SU. Please do not use 'UOBSU' or 'University of Brighton' as we do not have rights to use them.
  • Please put our logo on all marketing materials. Please use the standard teal logo where possible, or one of our alternative logos specified in our brand guidelines.
  • Please do not:
    • Distort the logo or chance it’s dimensions
    • Edit the logo
    • Cram it in. Give it space around it.

You can download our official brand guidelines here

For any further information on using social media, please contact bsucommunication@brighton.ac.uk

REWARD SCHEME

We aim to recognise and reward our Volunteer Officers for the hard work they put in over the course of the academic year to represent and improve the student experience for students at the University of Brighton. We want to encourage officers to complete task that improve the lives of students and help us to understand the issues affecting our diverse student body. We want to encourage officers to take up training opportunities that help them develop as representatives and people

We would also like to inspire officers to take the next step within the student movement by becoming a full time officer or taking part in the National Union of Students.

LEVEL 1

What you get:

  • £10 Amazon voucher
  • Personalised Officer Hoody
  • Invitation to the SU Parliament Trip.

By the end of November: (Complete 4 out of the 7):

  • Attend the Volunteer Officer Induction session.
  • Submit a photo & short bio for the website.
  • Attend a development meeting with an SU staff member.
  • Attend the October Student Forum.
  • Attend the November Student Forum.
  • Volunteer time to work on a Question of the Month stall.
  • Sign the Volunteer Officer code of conduct

LEVEL 2

What you get (in addition to level 1):

  • £20 Amazon voucher
  • SU LinkedIn Reference.

What you need to achieve:

By the end of January. (Complete 3 out of 6).

  • Attend a development meeting with an SU staff member.
  • Write or video a blog about the issues affecting the students you represent and share it through Brighton SU channels.
  • Attend the December Student Forum
  • Attend the January Student Forum.
  • Working with the Union at least one meeting per term targeted at the group you represent about a specific topic. (E.g. the Disabled Students’ Officer may wish to hold a meeting on access to University buildings.)
  • Attend an additional skills training session.

LEVEL 3

What you get (in addition to level 1 & 2):

  • £30 Amazon voucher
  • Volunteer Officer Certificate

By the Easter break: (Complete 5 out of 8)

  • Attend a development meeting with an SU staff member.
  • Working with the Union an event or campaign targeted at improving the experience of the group that they represent.
  • Attend an NUS conference and report back to Student Forum.
  • Attend February Student Forum meeting.
  • Attend March Student Forum meeting.
  • Complete the end of year Volunteer Officer survey
  • Post an additional blog/article or video about the issues affecting the students you represent and share it through Brighton SU channels.
  • Attend the ‘Making the Most of Your Experience’ training session run by the Students’ Union & University Volunteering Team.

LEVEL 4

What you get (in addition to level 1):

  • £40 Amazon voucher
  • Acknowledgement at the Union Awards.

What you need to achieve:

By the end of the academic year: (Complete 4 out of 7)

  • Attend a development meeting with an SU staff member.
  • Complete the handover document template so work is passed on to the next officer.
  • Attend the Student Leadership Team Welcome & Handover Day.
  • Submit policy or give a speech at an NUS Conference.
  • Stand to be an NUS Officer or on an NUS Committee.
  • Stand to be a Sabbatical Officer.
  • Write a review of your work over the year to be shared on the SU website and social media.