Thinking of leading your Union? Here are the voluntary roles!


Roles for 2020/21

These are one year voluntary roles open to current Northumbria students who reasonably expect to be a student for the entire of the term of office, the 2020/21 academic year.

You can only nominate yourself for one role. If you nominate yourself for two or more you will not be allowed to run and campaign until you choose a role.


The exception of NUS Conference Delegates, open to any student who can attend NUS Conference in 31 March to April 2020. You can also run for NUS Conference in addition to any other role.

To nominate yourself for any of these roles visit the main elections page here 


Faculty Leadership Reps

  • Are you eager to help other people?
  • Do you want to make a difference to the lives of students in your Faculty?
  • Do you want to stand out in your chosen field?
  • Do you want to develop your skills as a leader?
  • Have you got what it takes to create campaigns that change people’s lives?

Nominations are open for the Faculty Leadership Representatives. Your role will be to work with the senior staff in the University, the Sabbatical team and your fellow representatives on behalf of students to make sure their time at Northumbria is the best it can be.

We have three roles for each Faculty. They are only open to students from your Faculty and only students in your Faculty can vote for them. 


So what roles can you go for?

  • Lead Rep for Education - Are students getting the experience they deserve in the classroom? How would you change it? Can you lead the programme and department reps to ensure students voices heard?
  • Lead Rep for Welfare - Are students in your Faculty happy and healthy? Can you speak up for them to ensure the Faculty and University are doing all they can for student welfare and taking account of the specific needs of different groups of students. 
  • Lead Rep for Activities and Employability - Do you think the Faculty and University is doing enough to helps students put their degree skills to use? Have you got ideas on what could be changed?

Be part of the Union's Student Council, work with the Equality Reps to ensure the experiences of different groups of students are understood and heard, help lead the Union and ensure it speaks for students on all campuses [Coach, London, City and Amsterdam].  Work in partnership with senior staff in your Faculty and the University to lobby for changes that students want. 


 What do you gain? These are the most senior volunteering positions in the Union and a great addition to your CV. More importantly it will give you great examples of your abilities outside your academic study that you can use in interviews to get that job. You can influence decision making and policy across the University and network with senior staff. You’ll also have the satisfaction of helping to improve the lives of thousands of students.

Role Description for Lead Reps


Equality Roles.

  • Are you satisfied with the experience for students like you at Northumbria? 
  • Want to make a change for students like you? 
  • Do you want to develop your skills as a leader?
  • Have you got what it takes to create campaigns that change people’s lives?

Nominations for the Equality Officer roles are now open.


You will sit on Student Council and ensure that the views of students from your equality remit are heard in the work of the Union.


You will work with Faculty reps to help them understand the needs of disabled students within their faculties. You will also have the chance to meet University staff and inform and shape policy for how the University provides its services and ensure the voices of the students you represent are heard in those decisions. You will be supported to campaign to bring about change to make education and student experience more accessible at Northumbria. 


What you get? Full training and the opportunity to make a real impact on the lives of students today and in the future and help the University be ever more inclusive. For students are thinking of a career in campaigning or civil rights being an elected Officer is a great introduction and looks good on your CV. 


For an informal discussion about the role and how the Union supports you please contact Anna Kemp at or pop into the Sabbatical office on the ground floor of the Students' Union


The following Equality roles are up for election

  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Students’ Officer
  • Disabled Students’ Officer
  • Gender Diversity Officer
  • International Students’ Officer
  • Mature Students’ Officer
  • Open Place Equality Officer
  • Sexual and Romantic Diversity Officer
  • Students with Caring Responsibilities Officer
  • Women Students’ Officer

Role Description for Equality Reps


NUS Conference Delegates

At National Conference students discuss, deliberate and vote on issues that matter to them. What’s voted for at conference then becomes the policy of NUS UK which is then used by elected officers to build campaigns and make change happen.

Nominate yourself to be part of Northumbria’s delegation to Conference and put forward and vote on motions to be taken up nationally.

This year there will be many more opportunities for students attending conference to participate in democratic decision making. We believe that how we make decisions is as important as the decisions themselves. That’s why the conference is structured to allow for as much conversation and dialogue as possible so that every student that attends has their voice heard. So, conference is not just about making decisions. It’s about hearing from a variety of voices and using the conference to kick start campaigns.

Seven positions available, four of which are reserved for women students.


Role Description for NUS Delegates