What Are The Roles?

In this election there are 18 exciting roles up for grabs. Some involve representing thousands of students in your Faculty in the University, others see you become the leader of a Student Network organising campaigns and some will let you take a fully paid year off from Uni! Depending on your interests are or what matters most to you, several of these roles may be perfect for you. Have a look to see what excites you!

Full Time 'Sabbatical' Officers

The Full-Time Officers are elected to work at YUSU for a year to deliver on their manifestos and represent students at York in the University and nationally. They serve as trustees of the organisation and ensure the issues that matter to you most are represented in meetings with the leaders of the University.

Union President

Acts as the main spokesperson for YUSU, chairs the Union’s Board of Trustees and is responsible for the reputation, leadership and direction of YUSU as a democratic organisation.

As President you will work closely with the University’s Vice Chancellor and staff team, as well as key contacts in the city of York and students.

Achievements of YUSU Presidents:

  • Helped get mental health on the University’s agenda, backing a mental health taskforce that led to £500,000 of investment being secured for student mental health provisions and the development of a wider mental health strategy for the University.

  • Developed an international student network with International Students’ Officers, feeding back experiences of student life to the Deputy Vice Chancellor.

  • Developed an election voting incentive by securing a pledge from the UoY to donate funds for charitable causes with every vote cast in the election - over £5,800 has been raised in the past two elections.

Learn more about the role here.



York Sport President

The York Sport President is the main point of contact for all University and college sport clubs. They coordinate and develop sport within YUSU and work to increase opportunities and participation.They help to shape the direction of sports and physical activity at York, as well as running massive events such as Roses, College Varsity and Colours Ball.

Achievements of York Sport Presidents:

  • Helped secure termly gym memberships making the gym cheaper and payments more convenient for students

  • Developed the Equal Opportunities programme to support clubs to be more inclusive and accessible

  • Worked with York Sport to shape the performance programme and secure additional funding from Santander for scholars

Learn more about the role here.



Academic Officer

Represents students on issues relating to their course, teaching and learning facilities. The Academic Officer also works with over 400 Course Reps, Department Reps and Faculty Reps to ensure that every student has the opportunity to shape how their course is taught.

Achievements for Academic Officers:

  • Secured funding from the University so final year students didn’t pay for dissertation printing and binding in 2018/19

  • Ran the first ever joint Union event to discuss diversification of the curriculum at the University of York

  • Working with the University to ensure additional pop-up study space is available during the exam period, creating 1700 additional desks for study as a consequence.

Learn more about the role here.



Student Activities Officer

Supports and develops engagement and inclusivity in extra-curricular activities; including Societies, Media, RAG,Volunteering and events. The Student Activities Officer represents 200+ student groups to the University, lobbying for their interests and makes sure that they receive the recognition they deserve.

Achievements for Student Activities Officers:

  • Introduction of Activities Access Grants, enabling eligible students from widening participation backgrounds to access YUSU's wealth of societies, sports, and media opportunities.

  • Gaining compensation from the University for performance societies to compensate for the lack of Central Hall's availability.

  • Developing opportunities such as the STAR Counter and Awards to recognise and value student group committees

Learn more about the role here.



Community & Wellbeing Officer

Represents students on issues affecting their wellbeing; such as health, finance, accommodation and security, as well as wider community issues. The Community and Wellbeing Officer is key to ensuring that students from a range of backgrounds and minority groups are represented within the University. They also ensure that students are represented fairly within the local community, liaising with both town and parish council officials.

Achievements for Community and Wellbeing Officers:

  • Successfully lobbied for increased Open Door provision, leading to an extension in opening hours.

  • Won over £16,000 in compensation for students from broken Circuit Laundry machines.

  • Secured rent reduction for over 350 rooms on campus to under £99 a week.

Learn more about the role here.



Part Time Officers

Part-time Officers are student volunteers who are currently studying at York University. They represent students on a range of issues including liberation, volunteering, raising and giving and environment and ethics. Alongside delivering their manifestos, they also become the leaders of the student Network for their position and are supported by a committee. Two Students can run as a pair and ‘job-share’ the role if they win!

To find out more about our current Part Time Officers, head to our Part Time Officer page.

Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Officer

The BAME Students' Officers represent the views of students’ at York who self define as BAME, which is including but not limited to students of African, Asian, Arab and Latin American heritages. They campaign within the Union, University and in wider society; promoting equality for BAME students and celebrating the diversity of culture within the student body at York. They also lead the BAME Students’ Network and host regular social and campaigning events. Read the objectives of the current Officers here.

Achievements of past BAME Officers:

  • Worked with the University and societies to create a handbook for Afro-Carribean students

  • Worked on the NUS campaign: ‘Why is my curriculum white?’

  • Organised and spoke at the first ever black liberation flag raising on campus during Black History Month.

Candidates for this position must identify as BAME. Two students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win!

Learn more about the role here



Disabled Students' Officer

The Disabled Students’ Officer is responsible for representing disabled students; they promote awareness of accessibility and welfare issues for disabled students on campus and campaign to make University an accessible and inclusive environment. They also lead the Disabled Students’ Network (DSN), which is a peer support and social network for disabled students. Read the objectives of the current Officer here.

Achievements of past Disabled Students' Officers:

  • Lobbied for accessibility in Sports.

  • Hosted ‘Accessival’ - the first Union ‘festival’ specifically for disabled students to get involved with student groups

  • Launched the ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible Campaign’

Candidates for this position must self-define as having a disability, or be considered to have one by the University or law. Two Students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win!

Learn more about the role here



Environment and Ethics Officer

The Environment + Ethics Officer exists to promote sustainable and fair practices at the University of York. They consult with University management and influence policy. They raise awareness through student-led campaigns and make saving the planet enjoyable and accessible. They lead the Environment + Ethics Collective, a student-led group which campaigns for the University to follow environmentally and ethically sound policies and influences student habits to be more sustainable. Read the objectives of the current Officer here.

Achievements of past Environment and Ethics Officer:

  • Successfully lobbied the University to divest from fossil fuels.

  • Worked with the University to make meat free Mondays a key fixture in University catering.

  • Led the campaign of YUSU’s Declaration of a Climate Emergency

Two students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win!

Learn more about the role here



International Students' Officer

The International Students’ Officers represent 20% of the student population. They hold drop ins, support international events and ensure that international students get the fairest deal while studying at York. They lead the International Students’ Association (ISA), a student network which enables cultural exchange, addresses welfare issues and fosters a welcoming community for international students at York. Read the objectives of the current Officers here.

Achievements of past International Officers:

  • Ran a successful ‘Multilingual Experience’ event for international freshers.

  • Hosted popular weekly drop ins to help international students raise concerns and navigate studying in the UK.

  • Won multiple funding bids from YUFund to promote Global Week, York’s premier international cultural showcase.

Candidates must be a current international student. Two Students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win!

Learn more about the role here



LGBTQ Officer

The LGBTQ Officer is responsible for representing the views and needs of LGBTQ students and making sure they are taken into account by the Students’ Union and the University. They run campaigns to make York a more inclusive and diverse place for LGBTQ people and see that awareness of LGBTQ issues is increased. They also lead the LGBTQ Network which is a student group which exists to help LGBTQ students get to know each other, runs discussions, relaxed meetings, and gets involved with events like York Pride. Read the objectives of the current Officer here.

Achievements of past LGBTQ Officers:

  • Introduced asexual and trans awareness weeks.

  • Organised a vigil on campus for Transgender Day of Remembrance

  • Ran a series of talks for the educational campaign LGBTQ Level 2 as part of LGBT history month

Candidates must identify as LGBTQ. Two students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win!

Learn more about the role here



Mature Students' Officer

The Mature Students’ Officer is responsible for representing the views and interests of mature students at the University of York and campaigning to make sure that mature students feel included and supported. They also lead the Mature Students’ Association (MSA), a student group which exists to represent mature students' interests, run social events and offer an atmosphere of support for mature students. They work with organisations such as the Student Hub and also the Family Network on a range of campaigns and issues.

Achievements of past Mature Students Officer:

  • Organising a range of events for mature students to gather and socialise

  • Working with student hub to represent the needs of mature students

  • Worked with the Family Network to promote issues for students with families.

Candidates must class as a mature student according to the University. Two students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win!

Learn more about the role here



RAG (Raising and Giving) Officer

Develops fundraising opportunities for students. The RAG Officers cover some of YUSU’s biggest events. From raising money in Freshers’ to hosting and organising RAG week, they are dedicated to ensuring our RAG charities receive funds that keep their services alive. Read the objectives of the current Officer here.

Achievements of past RAG Officers:

  • Raising over £53,000 in the last academic year through national and international treks and challenges, and contributing and supporting the raising of over £121,000 across campus.

  • Developing a Fundraising Guide to support students and groups to get involved in raising money for charity.

  • Encouraging debate and discussion on Voluntourism, and working to ensure national and international fundraising opportunities promoted by YUSU RAG allow for students to volunteer ethically.

Two students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win!

Learn more about the role here



Volunteering Officer

Develops opportunities for students to become involved in volunteering; something 750 students took up through YUSU last year contributing 11,716 hours of their time! YUSU Volunteering Officers facilitate a wide range of opportunities to volunteer and support a whole range of projects. From one off events to longer term opportunities, the Volunteering Officers are at the heart of developing an inclusive and strong campus community. Read the objectives of the current Officers here.

Achievements of past Volunteering Officers:

  • Hosted one-off volunteering opportunities with community groups and charities for students to get involved in volunteering activity on a low-commitment basis

  • Celebrated the achievement of student volunteers through recognition campaigns and holding volunteer celebration events

  • Organised volunteer fairs in order for students to meet volunteer groups in an easy and accessible setting.

Two Students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win!

Learn more about the role here



Women and Non-Binary Officer

Women and Non-Binary Officers have driven campus events and created change to benefit the lives of women and non-binary students. Through events, campaigns and lobbying, the Women’s Officers represent self-defining women and non-binary people on campus. They also lead the Women and Non-Binary Students’ Network which is supported by a committee. Read the objectives of the current Officers here.

Achievements of past Womens' Officers:

  • Rebranded the network to include the representation of Non-Binary students

  • Tackled rape culture by supporting the #It’sNotOk campaign.

  • Worked with the Communities and Wellbeing Officer on the UN’s 16 Days of Activism in partnership with UN Women UK York, including the Palm Pledge against gender-based violence

Candidates must identify as Women or non-binary. Two Students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win!

Learn more about the role here



Working Class Officer

The Working Class and Social Mobility Officer is a relatively new position at YUSU created following a referendum in 2017-2018. The Officer[s] advocate for and represent the interests of students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds on campus, run the Working Class and Social Mobility Network, creating opportunities for working-class students. Read the objectives of the current Officers here.

Achievements of past Working Class Officers:

  • Putting on a conference called ‘York Has Class’, which was a day of discussion, cultural performances and workshops exploring the experiences of working class people.

  • Developed a strong partnership with the University’s First Generation Network and hosted the first working class and first generation student mixer in October 2019, where students got to know each other, shared tips on university life and learnt about the services and opportunities available at York.

  • Lobbied Colleges to introduce working class positions on their committees. Positively, James College now has a Working Class and Social Mobility Representative.

Candidates must identify as working-class. Two Students can run for this role as a pair and ‘job-share’ if they win!

Learn more about the role here



Non Officer Roles

Like Part-Time Officers, Faculty Representatives carry out their roles alongside their studies and seek to improve the experiences of students on campus.

Arts and Humanities Faculty Rep

As part of the Academic Representation Network you are supported by over 450 Reps and the Student Engagement Team at YUSU. Faculty Reps can have a huge impact and the experience gained in the role is great for both personal and professional development. Find out more about academic representation here and the academic rep handbook.

Achievements of past Arts and Humanities Faculty Reps:

  • Successfully worked with Careers to promote materials and opportunities for Arts and Humanities students, such as useful events and materials around the Careers 'Journey'.

  • Worked on an examination support project to improve writing skills resources for International students.

Learn more about the role here.


Must be studying an Arts and Humanities course



Sciences Faculty Rep

As part of the Academic Representation Network you are supported by over 450 Reps and the Student Engagement Team at YUSU. Faculty Reps can have a huge impact and the experience gained in the role is great for both personal and professional development. Find out more about academic representation here and the academic rep handbook.

Achievements of past Sciences Faculty Reps:

  • Successfully worked with Senate to find a better solution for governance and ownership of joint degrees.

  • Created a survey project to research the role of small group teaching with Science subjects.

Learn more about the role here.


Must be studying a Sciences course



Social Sciences Faculty Rep

As part of the Academic Representation Network you are supported by over 450 Reps and the Student Engagement Team at YUSU. Faculty Reps can have a huge impact and the experience gained in the role is great for both personal and professional development. Find out more about academic representation here and the academic rep handbook.

Achievements of the past Social Science Faculty Reps:

  • Worked with Careers to signpost resources for students enrolled in interdisciplinary subjects.

  • Worked with YUSU on a project to promote Social Sciences opportunities via social media and promote good study practice via ‘Study Smart’ week.

Learn more about the role here.


Must be studying a Social Sciences course



This position is currently under review so will not be available in this election. Find out more about this review here.

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