Benefits & responsibilties

The benefits

As well as the chance to make a real difference to the lives of students at Winchester, there are a number of amazing personal benefits to being an officer;

Full-time officers

  • the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run and direct a large organization with an annual turnover of £1.5 million and a membership of nearly 8000 students
  • exceptional experience ‘in the field/industry’ which sends you leaps and bounds up the career ladder in comparison to other recent graduates, invaluable for any future career
  • a salary of around £18,000 per year
  • 28 days holiday plus the University’s closure days of the University (usually an additional 8 days)
  • we can write references, e.g. for job applications, for students who are or have been elected officers or reps. Just contact us if you'd like a reference

Part time positions

  • the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help run and direct a large organization with an annual turnover of £1.5 million and a membership of nearly 8000 students
  • develop your skills in areas such as project management, planning and running a campaign, advocacy
  • contribute to improving the Students' Union and University for current and future students
  • training and support to help you carry out your role
  • we can write references, e.g. for job applications, for students who are or have been elected officers or reps. Just contact us if you'd like a reference

The responsibilities

You should be aware from the outset that standing for one of these elected positions should not be done lightly. Yes it will look great on your CV and yes you will learn and experience a whole raft of new things whilst having some fun, but (and it’s a big but) the roles come with a great deal of responsibility and commitment.

Full-time officers

Whilst being a full-time officer is an exciting opportunity it also brings with it the need for responsibility and a commitment to:

  • working around a typical 9am-5pm working day, Monday to Friday, though you can work flexibly
  • but being flexible as you're likely to have to work some evenings and weekends
  • working co-operatively with your fellow officers and Students' Union employed staff
  • being a trustee – this means you and the other full-time officers will collectively be legally responsible for the general  control and management of the administration of the Union, and there are legal restrictions barring certain people from being a trustee.
  • The responsibilities of full-time officers are set down in the Union's constitution, and are further explained on the in the election packs. This gives both the key responsibilities common to all full-time officer roles, and those appropriate to the particular post you're interested in.

Part-time positions

  • attend Students' Union and University meetings that are relevant to your post (if applicable)
  • working co-operatively with other officers, staff and volunteers
  • various responsibilities directly related to your post
  • The responsibilities of part-time officers are set down in the Union's constitution, and are further explained on the in the election packs. This gives both the key responsibilities common to all part-time officer roles, and those appropriate to the particular post you're interested in.