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Union Council is the policy and accountability forum of the Union. It is here to be the legitimate voice of the student body; passing policies that state the Unions stance of issues which may be local, national or international. Your Officer Trustees bring reports to Council to ensure you know how they are representing you. This also provide an opportunity for you to ask them questions about their work.
If elected as a member of Council you are expected to read these reports and we encourage you to speak to friends and course buddies about issues before coming to the meeting – you will be there to represent them! Any student can attend Council (and they are encouraged to do so), however only an elected member can vote.
You can only stand for one of the positions within your faculty.
The Deputy President (Operations) shall attend the GSU Executive Committee and other GSU committee meetings as appropriate, be responsible for co-ordinating the operations of the GSU as a whole and be responsible for co-ordinating the work of the Treasurer, Secretary and Events Officer.
The GSU Treasurer shall be responsible to the President for the efficient administration of the finances of the GSU, attend the GSU Executive Committee and other GSU committee meetings as appropriate and deputise for the President at Imperial College Union Committees if absent.
The Deputy President (Representation) shall attend the GSU Executive Committee and other College and Union meetings as appropriate, be responsible for co-ordinating the representative and welfare functions of the GSU as a whole and be responsible for co-ordinating the work of the Academic & Welfare Officers (AWOs).
The RAG Officer shall attend the GSU Executive Committee meetings as appropriate, report to the GSU Events Officer regularly and be responsible for the effective co-ordination of GSU/RAG provision.
The GSU has five Academic & Welfare Officers (AWOs) representing Business, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medicine and Physical Sciences. The AWO shall attend the GSU Executive Committee meetings as appropriate.
The AWO, supported by the Deputy President (Education), is responsible for representing the students in their Faculty on the level of the Faculty. This means communicating with likes of Course, Section or Department Reps in their Faculty to identify issues affecting a large body of students, and then working with the relevant staff to address them. The AWO may also receive suggestions from the students that they represent, and use those to come up with ways to make the postgraduate learning experience in their Faculty better than before.
The AWO meets with the Deputy President (Education) on a regular, monthly basis. When issues are too big, or don’t get resolved, they can be passed onto the Deputy President (Education) who can advise or find solutions. The AWO also gives Faculty-specific advice to the Deputy President (Education) when the latter engages on postgraduate issues on a College level.
Additionally, the AWO has a welfare function within their respective Faculties. This means they work to identify issues which might be affecting the welfare of students within their faculty, they do not offer support for individual issues, but will signpost to relevant services within College.
The AWO is integral to the Union’s efforts to improve the postgraduate learning experience at Imperial. They have the opportunity to drive major changes in their Faculty and across the College, making Imperial better for current as well as future students.
The Secretary shall attend all meetings of GSU committees, maintain email lists for their committees, receive and report apologies from committee members who cannot attend meetings, ensure all meetings are advertised at least 10 College days in advance, ensure agendas and papers for every meeting are circulated five clear College days before a meeting, minute the meetings of their committees and be responsible for archiving of papers and minutes relating to their committee’s business.
The Events Officer is responsible for the effective management of all GSU events and their advertisement and be responsible for co-ordinating the work of the Sports & Activities, Marketing & Publicity and RAG Officers. The officer shall attend the GSU Executive Committee and other GSU committee meetings as appropriate.
The Marketing & Publicity Officer is responsible for the effective advertising of all GSU events and will be responsible for promotion of the GSU to postgraduate students within Imperial College London. The Officer shall attend the GSU Executive Committee meetings as appropriate and report to the GSU Events Officer regularly.
The Sports & Activities Officer is responsible for the effective co-ordination of all sporting events and other activities as negotiated with the Events Officer. The Officer shall attend the GSU Executive Committee meetings as appropriate and report to the GSU Events Officer regularly.
Departmental Representatives (known as Dep Reps) are key figures in the Union’s Academic Representation Network, a system of 500+ student volunteers that spans all of College. Dep Reps manage the Year Representatives in their department, and have close working relationships with key academic staff – such as the Head of Department and the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The role’s main responsibilities include acting as the voice of students in staff-student committees, lobbying members of staff for changes to learning & teaching, and keeping an ear to the ground for any problems that students might be facing.
RAG co-ordinates the development and provision of student-led charitable fundraising within Imperial College with an aim to fund-raise mountains of cash for charities using some of the most creative and innovative ideas around.
The RAG positions available are:
- Vice Chair
- Vice Chair (Operations)
- Events Officer
- Sponsorship Officer
- Collect Officer
- Halls Officer
- Challenges Officer
- Web Editor
Getting involved in student activities is a fantastic way to meet new people, learn a new skill, or to simply have fun! Imperial College Union supports a varied range of activities. Whether you're interested in doing some volunteering within the community, competing against other universities in sport, or raising some money for charity, we've got something for you. You can stand for position to be part of the committee in the following groups:
- Chinese Students & Scholars Association
- Hindu Society
- Jazz & Rock – Live Music
- Rifle & Pistol
- Save the Children
- Society of Research and Academia
- Women in SET
- Electrical Engineering
- Rugby - Womens
- Gospel Choir
- GradMed (Medics)
- Football - Womens
- Chemical Engineering