The Sabbatical Officers or ‘Sabbs’ are a team of five students, elected by you to run your Students' Union. They sit on both Student Council and the Board of Trustees and are responsible for ensuring strong student leadership of NSU.

This year's Sabb Team are:

Manny Kabengele - President

As President I am the key link between the University and the Students’ Union, representing your views in order to influence and make change. I meet with key staff in the University in order to ensure that the student experience at Northumbria is as good as it possibly can be. I also campaign on national issues to make sure that the voice of Northumbria students is heard. My key priority is to be here for students so if you’ve got any concerns that you want me to address then get in touch. 

Email :      Twitter : @NSUPres



Claudia Shaw - Vice President Education (VPE)

I represent all students on academic issues and take the lead on any education related campaign. I sit on many different committees and build relationships with university staff, speaking on your behalf on issues that matter to you. I’m also the Sabbatical mentor for all academic representatives such as Programme Reps and Department Reps, empowering them to ensure your university experience is the best it can be. 

Email :     Twitter : @NSUEducation



Matthew Johnston - Vice President Postgraduate (VPP)

I am the sabbatical officer that represents all PGT and PGR students, catering for their needs across activities, welfare and education. My work covers a whole range of areas, from sitting on committees focusing on education to overseeing societies centred around postgraduate students. As the first Vice President Postgraduate, I’m keen to ensure that postgraduates know that the union is here for them, making sure their voice is heard. I’m also the sabbatical mentor for all PGT and PGR reps.

Email :      Twitter : @NSUPostgrad 



Anna Kemp - Vice President Welfare (VPW)

Everyone should have a great and rewarding experience at Northumbria – and it’s my job to make it happen by ensuring that the diversity of our students does not affect the ability to achieve a good degree. Therefore, I celebrate diversity and do work to ensure that equality groups are on a level playing field with everyone else by working with my equality reps to create changes for these groups within the university. I cover a huge range of issues within my role from housing, mental health, sexual health, travel and oversee our Nightline service. I’m the Sabbatical mentor to all Equality and Community Reps. 

Email :      Twitter : @NSUWelfare1



Keldyne Wilson - Vice President Activities (VPA)

I am the lead on Student Activities and Employability. In today’s workplace, a degree is not enough, to make you stand out from the crowd.

I am responsible for making sure that you graduate with the experience and skills you need to enhance your student experience and your future!

I support societies, through which you can meet people with the same interests as you, and even lead one - we have over 130 societies so why not Get Involved!

I lead on Freshers week with your Freshers Welcome Team and make sure that new students feel happy, safe and part of Northumbria.

I work with staff in the Union and the University to develop events, support research and lobby for things that will benefit your experience and make sure we are delivering what YOU want to see and what will help YOU with your future plans.

Email :         Twitter : @NSUActivities1


To find who's been a Sabb at NSU, check out the Sabb Hall of Fame below.