UPSU are currenly looking for students to run in our forthcoming by-elections, there will be two lots of elections open; posts on Student Parliament and School Reps
Elected Officers have the key responsibility to represent your views to the University and they play an important role in ensuring the quality of your teaching, learning and educational experience you get from The University of Plymouth. They also seek to improve the quality, level and range of services your Students’ Union provides. The quality of our elected representatives and the level of service they provide is in your hands.
UPSU student Parliament meets monthly to discuss issues affecting students and ways in which to develop and improve the Students’ Union. This may take the form of passing a policy, organising a campaign or activity or mandating the Sabbatical Officers to act on your behalf. All elected officers, both full and part time, are expect to give a report of what they have been doing and feedback any information from any meetings they have attended.
Parliament is an open meeting that all students can attend but only elected students have voting rights.
Postgraduate Campaigns Chair: To represent the views of Postgraduate students within UPSU and the institution. Can attend Graduate Committee to represent the views of students within the University
Mature Students Campaigns Chair: Represent the views of mature students. Can attend university meetings such as Equality and Diversity sub committees and ensure that the voice of mature students is heard both in the institution and the students’ union.
Racial and Ethnic Campaigns Chair: Can attend university meetings such as Equality and Diversity sub committees and ensure the student voice is listened to within the institution. Can coordinate anti-racism campaigns and cultural awareness campaigns as well as ensuring that students are not discriminated against within UPSU, the university or the community.
Welfare Campaigns Chair: Represents students’ Welfare issues and works closely with the Vice President Education and Welfare. Can coordinate all sorts of campaigns that affect the welfare of students such as; tuition fees, landlords, social justice campaigns, students’ rights as workers campaigns, and many more.
Women’s Campaigns Chair: Represents the views of female students studying at the university. Has previously been involved in lobbying the uni for an area on campus for women to express milk but will also run campaigns against the objectification of women, equal pay campaigns and ensure that the university listen to the voice of women students.
Students with Disabilities Campaigns Chair: Represent the views of students with disabilities within the community, university and UPSU, to ensure we are as accessible as possible to the needs of students with disabilities. Can attend university Equality and Diversity meetings and coordinate campaigns to raise awareness and action changes.
International Students Campaigns Chair: Represents the views of International Students and campaigns on the issues affecting them. They attend the UPSU Equality and Diversity Committee and work closely with the Deputy President and Racial and Ethnic Campaigns Chair.
Part-time Students Campaigns Chair: Represent the views of Part-time students and campaign on the issues affecting them. Works closely with the VP Education and Welfare and the Deputy President and can attend relevant meetings with them.
5x Independent (“Non-Portfolio”) Representatives: Ensure that the democratic principles of UPSU are upheld, and represent all students at the University of Plymouth. To lead campaigns and attend University committee meetings to represent the student voice within the institution. Independent Reps also assist other part-time and Sabbatical Officers with campaigns.
16 x School Reps: Represent the views of their School at both University and Union meetings, have previously had experience of being a Course Rep. They are expected to liaise with Course Reps, Academic Staff and members of UPSU Staff. School reps are part-time officers who sit on the Academic Campaigns Committee of Student Parliament where they can get involved with campaigns relating to their School. Liaising closely with course reps from their School they then attend University meeting such as Faculty Board so students’ issues are heard at the highest levels in the institution. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org