Guild Elections

Guild Elections 2024

In this election, you will elect the 7 Full-Time Officers and 6 Part-Time Guild Officers who will lead your Guild of Students and represent you in the academic year 2024-25. There are also additional posts still available for NUS National and Liberation Delegate roles for April 2024.

The polls open at 10:00 on Monday 11 March 2024 (in 11 days)

Full Time Officers - Guild President

The President shall: 

  • Ensure that the Guild of Students maintains a productive working relationship with the University, community decision makers and other external partners. 
  • Ensuring that the Guild operates to a high standard in comparison with other students’ unions and comparable third sector organisations. 
  • Oversee media and external relations. 
  • Monitor the progress and development of the Guild in conjunction with the Articles of Association, Mission Statement, and Strategic Plan and periodically to review those as appropriate. 
  • Lead the formulation of Guild policy on democracy and governance and oversee its execution. 
  • Work with relevant staff members in encouraging Full Members to participate in democratic activities and Elections. 
  • Be the lead Officer involved in the financial issues of the Guild of Students. 
  • Support the Education Officer relating to academic matters. 
  • In conjunction with the Officer Team, liaise with and advise the Chief Executive on matters relating to the Guild. 
  • Be Vice-Chair of the Trustee Board. 
  • Be a Trustee of the Guild. 
  • Be a member of University Council and attend its meetings. 
  • Be ultimately accountable for the Guild of Students complying with the provisions of the Bye-Laws and adhering to changes made through the Member’s Democratic Process, particularly where relevant to their Officer portfolio. 
  • Build and develop the Guild’s ability to effect positive change on issues decided by the Membership.  
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Full Time Officers - Activities and Employability Officer

The Activities and Employability Officer shall: 

  • Lead the formulation of Guild policy on student activities and development, and oversee its execution. 
  • Work with relevant staff members to ensure that all Committee Members are empowered to organise high-quality activities for the benefit of students through the provision of training, advisory briefings and other services. 
  • Lead the Guild of Students’ work to enhance the personal development and future employability of Full Members. 
  • Shall oversee the Guild’s programme of events and commercial activities, including chairing any relevant committees in this area. 
  • Maintain a productive working relationship with the University over issues relating to student activities and events, including the recognition and accreditation of the work of Student Group Executive Members and volunteers. 
  • Have responsibility for all membership disciplinary matters with the Guild, delegated to staff where appropriate. 
  • Be the Editor-in-Chief of all official Guild publications. 
  • Be a Trustee of the Guild. 
  • In the absence of the President or other Full-Time Officers, undertake delegated duties of the Full-Time Officer Team. 
  • Be ultimately accountable for the Guild of Students complying with the provisions of the Bye-Laws and adhering to changes made through the Member’s Democratic Process, particularly where relevant to their Officer portfolio.
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Full Time Officers - Education Officer

The Education Officer shall: 

  • Lead the formulation of Guild policy on education and oversee its execution. 
  • Ensure that students are represented throughout the University on academic issues. 
  • Maintain a productive working relationship with the University on academic issues. 
  • Work with relevant staff members to ensure that representatives are empowered to achieve positive change on behalf of students through the provision of training, advisory briefings and/or other services. 
  • Monitor the progress and impact of Guild representation in addressing the concerns of students on academic issues.
  • Be the Guild lead on the Student Representation System as co-chair of the Student Representation System Advisory Board. 
  • Be the Guild lead on issues relating to the academic infrastructure, including being the key point of contact on matters relating to Institutional Audit. 
  • Oversee the development and dissemination of the Guild’s Student Voice Report. 
  • Be a Trustee of the Guild.
  • In the absence of the President or other Full-Time Officers, undertake delegated duties of the Full-Time Officer Team. 
  • Be ultimately accountable for the Guild of Students complying with the provisions of the Bye-Laws and adhering to changes made through the Members Democratic Process, particularly where relevant to their Officer portfolio. 
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Full Time Officers - International Officer

The International Officer shall: 

  • Lead the formulation of Guild policy on international matters and oversee its execution. 
  • Ensure that international students are represented throughout the University on issues affecting their experience. 
  • Maintain a productive working relationship with the University on the international student experience, including students with international fee status, those studying on a year abroad and students at Birmingham’s international satellite campuses. 
  • Monitor the progress and impact of Guild representation in addressing international students’ issues, providing guidance to staff and officers where appropriate. 
  • Oversee the organisation of Guild services and activities, including induction and integration activities, for international students and ensuring that all services and activities of the Guild have an internationalisation perspective.
  • Be the Guild lead on issues relating to the experience of international students, including acting as a key point of contact for IST, BIA and Study Abroad. 
  • Work with staff to ensure that Guild events, activities and communications are accessible for International students. 
  • Support the work of any Student Groups relevant to their role. 
  • Be a Trustee of the Guild. 
  • In the absence of the President or other Full-Time Officers, undertake delegated duties of the Full-Time Officer Team. 
  • Be ultimately accountable for the Guild of Students complying with the provisions of the Bye-Laws and adhering to changes made through Member’s Democratic Process, particularly where relevant to their Officer portfolio.  
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Full Time Officers - Postgraduate Officer

The Postgraduate Officer shall: 

  • Lead the formulation of Guild policy on postgraduate matters and oversee its execution. 
  • Ensure that both postgraduate researchers and taught students are represented throughout the University on issues that affect their experience. 
  • Maintain a productive working relationship with the University on the postgraduate student experience, including being the key point of contact for the Graduate School. 
  • Work with relevant staff members to ensure that postgraduate representatives are empowered to achieve positive change on behalf of students through the provision of training, advisory briefings and/or other services. 
  • Oversee the organisation of Guild services and activities, including induction activities, for postgraduate students. 
  • Be the Guild lead on postgraduate elements of the Student Representation System, providing postgrad student views to relevant University committees. 
  • Monitor the progress and impact of Guild representation in addressing the concerns of students on postgraduate issues, providing guidance to staff and officers where appropriate. 
  • Support the work of any Student Groups relevant to their role.
  • Be a Trustee of the Guild. 
  • In the absence of the President or other Full-Time Officers, undertake delegated duties of the Full-Time Officer Team. 
  • Be ultimately accountable for the Guild of Students complying with the provisions of the Bye-Laws and adhering to changes made through the Member’s Democratic Process, particularly where relevant to their Officer portfolio.  
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Full Time Officers - Sports Officer

The Sports Officer shall: 

  • Lead the formulation of Guild policy on issues related to sport and healthy living, and oversee its execution. 
  • Work with relevant staff members and the University to provide all Full Members with the opportunity to be involved in sporting activities, at both participation and performance levels. 
  • Promote student-led sport and where possible ensure sport is student-led throughout the University.   
  • Maintain a productive working relationship with the University over issues relating to the management of University of Birmingham Sports.   
  • Work with the University to ensure that campus facilities are accessible and sufficient for those Full Members participating in sport. 
  • Work with the University to ensure that student participation in sport is accredited and that the positive impact made by sports clubs is recognised.   
  • Help Full Members live healthier lives by providing Full Members guidance on relevant issues. 
  • Act as a key contact for British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and any other sport-focused external organisations that the Guild is in partnership with.
  • Lead on sustainability matters and to be chair of the Guild’s Ethical and Environmental Committee. 
  • Be a Trustee of the Guild. 
  • In the absence of the President or other Full-Time Officers, undertake delegated duties of the Full-Time Officer Team. 
  • Be ultimately accountable for the Guild of Students complying with the provisions of the Bye-Laws and adhering to changes made through the Member’s Democratic Process, particularly where relevant to their Officer portfolio. 
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Full Time Officers - Welfare and Community Officer

The Welfare and Community Officer shall: 

  • Lead the formulation of Guild policy on issues relating to the rights of all students, including student welfare, safety and housing. 
  • Maintain a productive working relationship with the University over issues relating to the general wellbeing, accommodation and safety of Full Members. 
  • Oversee the Guild’s work to combat crime in student areas of Birmingham. 
  • Be the Lead officer responsible for promoting Equality and Diversity in all aspects of the organisation and encouraging and promoting the representation of liberation groups to the University. 
  • Support the Liberation Officers of the Guild to deliver their roles and support any Student Groups relevant to their role.   
  • Ensure that the Guild is accessible to and supportive of those students who continue to live at home whilst studying at the University of Birmingham.   
  • Be a Trustee of the Guild. 
  • In the absence of the President or other Full-Time Officers, undertake delegated duties of the Full-Time Officer Team. 
  • Be ultimately accountable for the Guild of Students complying with the provisions of the Bye-Laws and adhering to changes made through the Member’s Democratic Process, particularly where relevant to their Officer portfolio. 
  • Work with relevant staff members to enhance the communal life of students in Halls, through the organisation of high-quality events and activities. 
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Part Time Officers - Disabled Students' Officer

Candidates for Disabled Students’ Officer are expected to self-define as a Full Member with a disability. This can include, but is not limited to, physical disabilities and learning difficulties such as Dyslexia.

The Disabled Students Officer shall: 

  • Campaign on issues of concern to students with disabilities.  
  • To support the work of any Student Groups relevant to their role. 
  • Promote the interests of students with disabilities to the University of Birmingham, the Guild and wider as appropriate. 
  • To ensure that representation of all Disabled students occurs at all levels of the Guild in the absence of a committee. 

 

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Part Time Officers - Sustainability Officer

The Sustainability Officer shall: 

  • Campaign on issues of concern to students related to Sustainability. 
  • Support the work of any Student Groups relevant to their role. 
  • Support the development of sustainable practices and policy within the Guild. 
  • Promote sustainability initiatives and activities to the University of Birmingham, the Guild and wider as appropriate. 
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Part Time Officers - Ethnic Minority Students' Officer

Candidates for Ethnic Minority Students’ Officer are expected to self-define as a Full Member from an Ethnic Minority.

The Ethnic Minority Officer shall: 

  • Campaign on issues of concern to students of an ethnic minority. 
  • To support the work of any Student Groups relevant to their role. 
  • Promote the interests of Ethnic Minority students to the University of Birmingham, the Guild and wider as appropriate. 
  • To ensure that representation of Ethnic Minority students occurs at all levels of the Guild in the absence of a committee. 
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Part Time Officers - LGBTQ+ Students' Officer

Candidates for LGBTQ+ Students’ Officer are expected to self-define as a  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans or Queer Full Member.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Students’ Officer shall: 

  • Campaign on issues of concern for LGBTQ+ students. 
  • To support the work of any Student Groups relevant to their role. 
  • Promote the interests of LGBTQ+ students to the University of Birmingham, the Guild and wider as appropriate. 
  • To ensure that the representation of LGBTQ+ students occurs at all levels of the Guild in the absence of a committee. 
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Part Time Officers - Trans & Non-Binary Students' Officer

Candidates for Trans & Non-Binary Students’ Officer are expected to self-define as a Trans or Non-Binary Full Member.

The Trans and Non-Binary Students’ Officer shall: 

  • Campaign on issues of concern to Trans or non-binary students. 
  • To support the work of any Student Groups relevant to their role. 
  • Promote the interests of Trans or non-binary students to the University of Birmingham, the Guild and wider as appropriate. 
  • Ensure that the Guild actively promotes initiatives to ensure that the welfare and interests of Trans or non-binary students are protected. 
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Part Time Officers - Women's Officer

Candidates for Women's Officer are expected to self-define as a Full Member who is a woman.

The Women’s Officer shall: 

  • Campaign on issues of concern to women and non-binary students. 
  • Support the work of any Student Groups relevant to their role. 
  • Promote the interests of women and non-binary students to the University of Birmingham, the Guild and wider as appropriate. 
  • To ensure that representation of Women students occurs at all levels of the Guild in the absence of a committee. 
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NUS Delegates - NUS National Conference Delegate

Our national union NUS is run by students through its annual National Conference with all affiliated Students’ Unions and Guilds sending delegates to this conference. As well as representing the Guild of Students it is also a great chance to network and share ideas with student officers and campaigners from across the country.

Students elected as delegates will get to go to the NUS National Conference in Spring 2024.

There is 1 position available in this election.

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NUS Delegates - NUS Liberation Conference Delegate (Trans Student)

Our national union's (NUS) liberation work is run by students through its annual Liberation Conference with all affiliated Students’ Unions and Guilds sending delegates to this conference. As well as representing the Guild of Students it is also a great chance to network and share ideas with student officers and campaigners from across the country.

Students elected as delegates will get to go to the NUS Liberation Conference in Spring 2024.

This position is only open to students who self-idenify as a Trans.

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NUS Delegates - NUS Liberation Conference Delegate (Black Women Student)

Our national union's (NUS) liberation work is run by students through its annual Liberation Conference with all affiliated Students’ Unions and Guilds sending delegates to this conference. As well as representing the Guild of Students it is also a great chance to network and share ideas with student officers and campaigners from across the country.

Students elected as delegates will get to go to the NUS Liberation Conference in Spring 2024.

This position is only open to students who self-idenify as a Black Woman.

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