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The Disabled Students’ Officer is responsible for representing disabled students, including promoting awareness of accessibility and welfare issues within the Union and the University.
Three Senate Reps are elected by the student body to sit on the University Senate, which happens four times a year. University Senate is responsible for regulating and directing the academic work of the University, including the approval of new courses and the supervision and discipline of students. It is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and attended by all four Pro-Vice-Chancellors and representatives from each department. The Union President is also a member and the Academic Officer attends as an observer.
The Women’s Officer is responsible for the representation of women and the promotion of women’s liberation within the Union and the University.
The BME Officer is responsible for the representation of black and minority ethnic students within the Union and the University, promoting equality between students of different races and ethnicities.
The LGBTQ Officer is responsible for representing students who do not define as being both heterosexual and cisgendered, ensuring that the views and needs of these students are taken into account by the Students’ Union and the University and that awareness of LGBT issues is increased.
The Volunteering Officer is responsible for the development of volunteering opportunities for the membership.
The Student Activities Officer is primarily responsible for supporting and developing extracurricular activities for members of the Union, representing the interests of the student body in having a diverse and expanding range of events, groups and projects with which to get involved.
The Policy Coordinator chairs the Policy Review Group, referendum debates and Union AGMs, as well as having a number of other responsibilities in holding officers and others to account and helping to develop and facilitate the policy process within the union.
The National Union of Students is the national body that represents all students across the UK. Every year each union affiliated to the NUS (of which YUSU is one) sends a delegation to NUS National Conference, its highest decision-making body, where important national policy decisions are made and the NUS National Executive Committee are elected. The YUSU President leads this delegation and there are 4 elected delegates. NUS National Conference will be taking place in Liverpool between 8 and 10 April 2014.
The Welfare & Community Officer is primarily responsible for representing the rights and interests of students regarding their wellbeing on-campus and in the local community. and for ensuring that all students have the support and pastoral care required to enjoy their student experience and for developing and realising the Student Community Partnership Strategy.
At any one time YUSU has three Student Trustees on the YUSU Trustee Board. New Trustees are elected when a vacancy arises. Each Trustee serves a two year term, unless they cease to be a student at the University of York within this time. There is one position available for Student Trustee.
The International Officer is responsible for representing the views and interests of international students within the Union and the University, encouraging participation of International Students in the Union, and advancing the welfare of such students.
The Academic Officer is primarily responsible for all academic matters, ensuring that students’ rights as learners are upheld within the University, maintaining a robust system of academic representation and informing members of developments that may impact upon their experience as students at the University of York.
The Environment and Ethics Officer is responsible for representing the interests of Union members in the development of the University and Union towards ethical and environmentally sound working practices and mobilizing members to take action to achieve this.
The RAG Officer is responsible for the development of fundraising opportunities in which members can participate.
The Union President is the primary spokesperson for the Students’ Union and shall be ultimately responsible for the reputation, leadership and direction of the Union as a democratic organisation.
The York Sport President is primarily responsible for all sports within the Union and shall represent the interests of the student body in having opportunities to participate and compete in sports at the University and with external bodies.