The President provides leadership for Kent Union and is the main ambassador and external
spokesperson for the Union. The role includes working with senior members of the University,
staff and officers of Canterbury City Council, local MP’s and other external stakeholders. The
President leads the team of sabbatical officers and the part-time officers and works closely with
the Union’s senior management to ensure that the organisation is delivering its charitable purpose
and working towards its vision and values. The President is a member of the University Council,
Senate and Finance and Resources Committee, which are the highest governing bodies within the
University. The post holder is also Chair of the Board of Trustees and, as such, is responsible for
overseeing the performance management of the Chief Executive.
My role certainly involves representing you all in a number of meetings! I sat on more than 30 committees last year trying to get your opinions and interests across to the University. I also run the Course Representative system which has over 300 volunteers and the Teaching awards which had over 3000 nominations last year.
I’m hoping to get out and engage more visibly with students this year, as well as increasing my online communication methods. I want to get back to some of the roots of Union engagement with door knocking, lecture shout outs and face to face conversations so keep an eye out for me!
You can read more about what I get up to during the year on my blog and also check out my manifestos there as well.
The Vice-President (Welfare) is the lead officer on all student-welfare related issues. The role includes working with University of Kent student welfare, guidance, health and accommodation departments and liaising with relevant external agencies. The Vice-President (Welfare) leads on welfare campaigns and supports the Union’s welfare-related officers. Co-ordinating part-time officers and working with volunteers are key requirements of the role, as is working along-side Kent Union Representation & Democracy Department and Advice Service staff.
In my role as the Kent Union Vice-President for Sport, I aim to provide you with the best possible opportunity to thrive and to develop as an individual by means of playing sport. Regardless of whether you’re competing in a National Championships or having a kick about with your housemates on a Saturday morning, sport means so much, to so many of you and throughout this year I will strive to make it more accessible, affordable and ultimately more enjoyable for you all.
The Vice-President ( Activities) is the lead officer on all matters pertaining to student activities, including societies, student media, volunteering and RAG. The role includes workingwith University of Kent departments to facilitate student activities and with external agencies to facilitate volunteering opportunities. The Vice-President (Student Activities) promotes participation in the Union’s various student activities and supports and empowers the students. Co-ordinating societies’ officers and working with volunteers are key requirements of the role, as is working along-side Kent Union Student Activities Department staff. The Vice-President (Activities) is a member of the Board of Trustees of Kent Union.