OUR NEW SABBATICAL OFFICER TEAM

PRESIDENT (UG)
PRESIDENT (PG)
access, Education & Participation officer
(UG)
access, Education & Participation officer
(PG)
BME
officer
disabled
students'
officer
welfare &
community officer
women's
officer

Alongside the PG President, the UG President will lead the students’ union and sabbatical team and be the primary representative for undergraduate students within the University, sitting on various senior committees such as University Council. They will be the public face of the union and take the lead in engaging students with the union’s work.  They will be responsible for engaging with JCR Presidents and helping them tackle the issues they face within their colleges.  

 

By having one UG and one PG President, we will ensure equal representation of both UGs and PGs within the new union.

PRESIDENT (UG)

ACCESS, EDUCATION &
PARTICIPATION 
(UG)

The experiences of accessing Higher Education and then thriving whilst at Cambridge are fundamentally linked and our sabbatical structures should reflect this. We’re proposing introducing two officers with the same portfolio, focussing on access, education and participation in their different forms at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The creation of a role focused on tackling access issues within all aspects of the undergraduate education will ensure that improving access to university is at the heart of Cambridge SU's mission. Many aspects of education policy are fundamentally access issues and this new role recognises the inextricable links between the two. 

The Access, Education and Participation Officer (UG) will focus on tackling the barriers to application and admission for underrepresented groups and be the lead officer for the Shadowing Scheme. They will seek to improve access post-admission in the financial, pastoral and academic sense: pushing for greater financial support, better educational practices and more inclusive teaching. They will coordinate undergraduate academic reps and take the lead on responding to national policy issues within Higher Education, such as fees, maintenance grants and TEF.

 

Candidates would be expected to have personal experience and understanding of access at Cambridge.

BME OFFICER

The BME Officer will lead the new union in campaigning and representation work for and on behalf of BME students at the University of Cambridge. They will also lead and facilitate the BME Campaign.

 

As the primary representative of BME students at Cambridge, they will ensure that the needs of BME students are at the heart of Cambridge SU's work, whether in terms of anti-racism campaigning, BME access or tackling attainment gaps.

 

Both undergraduates and postgraduates can run for this role.

WELFARE & COMMUNITY 

Welfare is at the heart of of a students’ union. The new Welfare and Community Officer is a campaigning role focused on the fight for students' rights and the needs of the wider community. Not only will they campaign and spearhead initiatives that improve the wellbeing of all students, they will also link up student campaigns to those in the local and national community. 

 

From Living Wage campaigns to local area developments, this role will help students connect with the city they live in and ensure the University acts with the interests of the wider Cambridge community in mind. 

Both undergraduates and postgraduates may run for this role.

Alongside the UG President, the PG President will lead the students’ union and sabbatical team and be the primary representative for postgraduate students within the University, sitting on various senior committees such as University Council. They will be the public face of the union and take the lead in engaging students with the union’s work.  They will be responsible for engaging with MCR Presidents and helping them tackle the issues they face within their colleges.

 

By having one UG and one PG President, we will ensure equal representation of both UGs and PGs within the new union.

PRESIDENT (PG)

ACCESS, EDUCATION &
PARTICIPATION 
(PG)

The experiences of accessing Higher Education and then thriving whilst at Cambridge are fundamentally linked and our sabbatical structures should reflect this. We’re proposing introducing two officers with the same portfolio, focussing on access, education and participation in their different forms at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

 

Access to education at the postgraduate level has often been overlooked and the introduction of this new role seeks to rectify this issue, as well as ensuring that proper attention is given to the problems faced by postgraduates in their educational experiences and academic careers. 

The Access, Education and Participation Officer (PG) will be the lead officer for coordinating postgraduate academic reps and improving student representation within faculties and departments. They will support postgraduates with supervisor problems, help them to understand their rights as students and campaign for improved teaching opportunities. They will also focus on improving access into education at the University of Cambridge, focusing on new initiatives and developing good practice for postgraduate widening participation. They will be the key liaison point with UCU & in general on issues that postgraduate students experience in their teaching work.

Candidates would be expected to have personal experience and understanding of access at Cambridge

DISABLED STUDENTS

The Disabled Students' Officer will lead the new union in campaigning and representation work for and on behalf of the disabled students at the University of Cambridge.
They will also lead the Disabled Students' Campaign and work on issues such as inclusive learning and teaching, awareness-raising of unseen disabilities - such as mental health conditions - and working to make the university a more accessible place for all.

Both undergraduates and postgraduates may run for this role.

WOMEN'S

The Women's Officer represents women and non-binary students at Cambridge and facilitates the Women's Campaign. They work to achieve material changes through feminist campaigning, whether that be to combat sexual violence, tackle gendered disparities such as gender pay gaps, or work with the local community on issues such as women's homelessness. 

Both undergraduates and postgraduates may run for this role.

Why this team make up?

The proposed sabbatical officer structure is designed to maximise the representation of different groups within the university. It's important that the new union effectively represents both undergraduates and postgraduates which is why we've proposed a postgraduate president and an undergraduate president, as well as an undergraduate access and academic affairs officer and a postgraduate access and academic affairs officer. This ensures that there will always be at least two postgraduate and at least two undergraduate officers in the sabbatical team. Liberation is at the heart of the unions work and so increasing the number of liberation-focused sabbatical officers is an important aspect of the proposed changes.

CAMBRIDGE SU

For all enquiries about the new union: reception@cusu.cam.ac.uk