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Officer Roles

As a student at Wolverhampton University you are able to put yourself forward for one of the four full time paid Student Officer positions or for the voluntary position of Chair of Union Council.

All officers are charged with ensuring that the views of the student body are researched and represented. They also actively work to promote the values of democracy, diversity and equality of opportunity as well as ethical and environmental values amongst the student population.



  • Leads the development and delivery of our democratic structures and procedures – ensuring structures are representative and impactful for students.
  • Monitor key issues facing students in Higher Education at a local and national level.
  • Ensure officer team works effectively, Union affairs are run effectively and that the work of the officer team is of a high standard and meets students’ needs.
  • Works with the University of Wolverhampton (UOW) and its departments/faculties and liaises with relevant external agencies.
  • The President with other Officers leads on representing all UOW students internally and externally and actively encourages students to become more engaged within their Students’ Union. 
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VP Academic

  • Lead officer for academic issues and representation
  • Monitor Higher Education issues on the local and national scale and attend University meetings to represent students’ views on academic issues.
  • Coordinate and support the academic representation system at a faculty level – including school and course reps.
  • Liaise regularly with other full-time Officers, senior University staff, Union departments, and University departments to respond to emerging educational/academic needs for students.
  • Oversee the planning, development, and implementation of any academic/representation strategic plans across the University.
  • Occasionally, represent individual students in academic reviews.
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VP Community and Welfare 

  • Takes the lead on community issues - accommodation, transport, health and well-being, and environment at a campus level.
  • Monitor community and welfare issues on a local and national level.
  • Represent students’ welfare needs to the union and university and lead on welfare related initiatives.
  • Lead in supporting student groups and societies in their development.
  • Monitor campus-specific student experience working alongside the University on campus development.
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VP Diversity

  • Leads on diversity issues, raising the profile and commitment to our wider student body. 
  • Monitor diversity issues on a local and national scale.
  • Represents the needs of the diverse student body, with a particular focus on postgraduate, mature students, international students, and liberation groups.
  • Spearhead the liberation representative initiative.
  • Develop relationship with diverse student communities, researching and representing traditionally underrepresented groups and helping them to run campaigns effectively.
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Chair of Union Council

  • Ensure Student Council meetings are held in accordance with the Byelaws.
  • Chair Student Council Meetings, promoting an accessible culture and ensuring a safe environment for fair and balanced debate within meetings.
  • Ensures the effective delivery of the Union’s strategic policies and campaigns, as voted in by students.
  • Oversee the work of the sabbatical officers, ensuring accountability of the officers to be achieved through student councils.
  • Promote Student Council to student members.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality and impartiality and abide by the Union’s policies and procedures.
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How previous officers made THEIR mark!

Ways we've made OUR mark

You said you wanted a regular pub quiz event. We now host the Weekly Quiz Night at Walsall SU Bar & Café.

You said you didn’t like the SU Space at Telford Campus. We have relocated the space to SA201, SA Building.

We have increased your student voice! We now have 743 course reps compared to 527 in 2016/17.

Through student consultation we created gym buddies to help overcome the anxiety of going to the gym alone, and to increase motivation. We negotiated a ‘pay as you go’ rate as you said membership was too expensive. Gym buddies is £2 a session and you will receive your 6th session free.

You said it’s difficult to access GP and NHS sexual health services. For semester two we have extended the times the sexual health service drop in’s at City and now have 2 drop in’s a week in Walsall due to high demand.

Students said that the therapeutic art sessions reduces their anxiety and is the best part of their week. We’ve added another therapeutic art session in the week so more can experience the benefits.

We helped students ‘Get a Head Start’ by running pre-enrolment sessions for new students, helping them with budgeting, finance support and more. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive so we will be running these again in summer 2018.

The SU has collaborated with the University which informed important revisions to the Personal Tutoring Policy. All students are now assigned a personal tutor to provide personal and pastoral support to ensure that students receive personalised support and guidance from the outset of their studies

Through feedback from the SU via the Student Voice process, the University have developed an annual University-wide Career Development Week, which was embedded into the academic calendar in 16/17. Students told us that they wanted more opportunities to enhance employability skills and CDW now offers extra-curricular activities for all students, to support the development of their CVs.

You said the University buses are overcrowed. We helped negotiate the University double decker buses.

We've worked with the Wolverhampton community to get 'Ask Angela' implemented in the City Centre.


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