Societies Officer: Freya Plant
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Job Description (summary)
All Officers are responsible for the day to day running and management of the Union as an organisation, including but not limited to: ensuring it complies with the law and relevant acts, in particular the Education and Charity Acts, funding and budget monitoring, compliance with Health and Safety legislation, ensuring Union Policies and Procedures are adhered to and representing students. All Officers are also required to be actively involved in collective work and be willing to accept work at the request of an appropriate body.
Societies Officer voluntary role (non-sabbatical)
Works closely with the Membership Services Coordinator to ensure the Union enables students to create and run a variety of Societies and Associations, within the organisations wider goals, providing training, advice, guidance and varied support throughout the year to current and new student groups.
A full job description can be found in the NSU Constitution, Bye Law 1
If elected I would hope to achieve consistency in societies, if you are a member or committee member you would have been most likely effected by this, in essence that throughout the year regarding societies there has been a lot of change, some for the better and some that have been looked at again due to it not working, this is a trail and tested year to try and make things for society easier as it becomes stressful when running a society because sometimes we forget that we have a degree as well that we should be providing our attention to and it can be lost when we as committee and members of a society get so passionate about the society but, by providing consistency, it means that I would be as much of a part of your society as I could be and for me to be the first point of call if there would be any issues. Having a societies officer is such an important aspect of students university life as societies will have the assistance they require and I aim to assist and help each society grow. I would be honoured to help you, even if you are not part of a society and want to set one up or even thinking about being apart of one, I want to be that visible person for people to come and speak to.
Since I have been involved in societies the paperwork aspects have been always a problem for societies though improvements have been made to help all societies, I want to help even more. In my experience paperwork is very stressful to make sure it's correct and on time, by me providing drop in workshops once a month which is not mandatory to attend as it is something I would like to provide to help with external speaker forms, event form, event budget forms and complicated risk assessments that is not one of the day to day risk assessments that the union use.
By me providing this which is not mandatory I believe that this would benefit societies by them putting on more events and understanding completely what needs to be done as it can get all confusing.
A key aspect of being a part of a society is to not only have fun but to also make your voice the loudest as Newman students' union want to achieve, by this I would want societies to go to other officers working in collaboration with the RaG officer, the events and Activites officer and the equality and campaigns officer these officers are the main ones for you as a society to utilise. Why? Because they can promote things such as society's events, this includes bar events, charity events and any fundraiser that you want to do on bigger platforms, when you are finding things difficult as officers they can help. As a society you know what you want to do through the year if you don't that can always be helped and your ideas are always what we want to hear and achieve, however a tendency that happens is that officers who have been asked to work with you as a society are doing the chasing, what I want you to do is chase the officers for you to utilise what the students union has to offer. By empowering you for you to go to these officers to put on campaigns, work with the charity of the year, by putting an event on for your society, for you to grow as a society. That as a society officer is the biggest accomplishment I could ever do, for your voice to be the loudest and to empower you.