What is a Students’ Union Officer?


Any student can nominate themselves in our elections and we're here to help you.

Full-time officers are Sussex/BSMS students who are elected to work in a paid position in the Students' Union for an academic year.

Their job is to represent students on the issues that matter to them. Officers work to make sure that students are getting the best possible experience from the University of Sussex.

This could be as part of formal committees, through informal meetings, working on relevant projects and campaigns.

Part-time officers are Sussex/BSMS students who volunteer their time to represent certain groups of students, making sure that these students are represented in the work that the University and the Students' Union undertakes.

If you have a question about a role, or want to know what it's like to be an Officer you can contact any of the current Officers. You can find their details here. You can also speak to the Student Voice Manager, Natalie. Natalie's email is [email protected]

Why be an Officer?

The benefits

As well as the chance to make a real difference to the lives of students at Sussex there are a number of amazing personal benefits to being an officer or rep;

Full-time officers

  • The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run and direct a large organisation with an annual turnover of £3 million and a membership of around 14,000 students.
  • Exceptional experience ‘in the field/industry’ which sends you leaps and bounds up the career ladder in comparison to other recent graduates, invaluable for any future career.
  • A salary of around £20,000 per year.
  • 20 days holiday plus the University’s closure days of the University (usually an additional 8 days).
  • We can write references, e.g. for job applications, for students who are or have been elected officers or reps. Just contact us if you'd like a reference.

Other positions

  • Develop your skills in areas such as project management, planning and running a campaign, advocacy.
  • Contribute to improving the Students' Union and University for current and future students.
  • Training and support to help you carry out your role.
  • We can write references, e.g. for job applications, for students who are or have been elected officers or reps. Just contact us if you'd like a reference.

What are the responsibilities of an Officer?

Full-time officers

Whilst being a Full-time Officer is an exciting opportunity it also brings with it the need for a head for responsibility and a commitment to:

  • working around a typical 9am-5.30pm working day, Monday to Friday, though you can work flexibly
  • but being flexible as you're likely to have to work some evenings and weekends
  • working co-operatively with your fellow officers and Students' Union employed staff
  • being a trustee – this means you and the other full-time officers will collectively be legally responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the Union, and there are legal restrictions barring certain people from being a trustee.

The responsibilities of full-time officers are set down in the Union's constitution, and are further explained on the in the election pages. This gives both the key responsibilities common to all full-time officer roles, and those appropriate to the particular post you're interested in.

Want to find out more? Either contact one of the current officers or Natalie, [email protected], our Student Voice Manager.