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Vice President Sport Job Role

Vice President Sport

Vice President Sport leads the Sports Union including chairing committees and representing the members to the University and external audiences. They are responsible for campaigning to widen participation in sport and physical activity and supporting the development of the sports clubs.

Salary: £20,600
Term: June 2022 to June 2023
Time Commitment: 35 hours per week (Full Time)

Newly elected Full Time Officers are required to be available for handover and induction in the final two weeks of June.

Useful Skills: Enthusiasm, Team-player, Relationship Building, Supportive, Decision Making, Negotiation, Public Speaking


              Mairi MacVicar


“If you’re thinking about it, I’d say do it. Even if you’re running against someone who’s already been an Exec, like I did, believe in yourself.”
- Mairi MacVicar, VP Sports & Wellbeing 2014/15


              Andrew Watson


“The skills needed to run a good campaign gave me a great base of attributes and experiences I have since relied upon in working life."
- Andrew Watson, VP Sports & Wellbeing candidate 2013/14


              Joy Lewis


“Differentiating yourself from fellow graduates could be the difference between securing your dream job or not.”
- Joy Lewis, CEO, Adopt An Intern (AAI)

This role will:                                   

1. Act as President of the Sports Union.

2. Develop and promote sport within the University.

3. Campaign to widen participation in sport, increase access to sporting activities and improve the diversity of activities offered with a focus on physical health and wellbeing.

4. Ensure the Union caters for sports clubs.

5. Facilitate input to University strategic initiatives and ensure student voice is heard in in corporate governance meetings.

Board of Trustees

This position is also a member of the Board of Trustees, which holds overall financial, legal and strategic responsibilities for the Association. For more info on being a Trustee, read OSCR’s (the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator) guide.

Key relationships

  • Strath Union: Full-Time Exec Officers, Non-Exec Officers, Staff including Senior Management, Advice Hub, Central Services, Commercial, Communications and Marketing, Sports Union and Student Engagement teams
  • University: The Principal, the Vice-Principal, the Associate Principal & Executive Dean of each Faculty, the Associate Principals, the Chief Commercial Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, the University Secretary, the Director of Strategy and Policy, and the Director of HR.
  • External Organisations: National Union of Students’ (NUS), Public Officials, Full Time Officers at other institutions.

Key Meetings


  • Trustee Board
  • Student Parliament
  • Exec
  • Sports Exec


  • University Court
  • University Senate
  • Strathclyde Sport Advisory Group
  • Equally Safe at Strathclyde Steering Group
  • Student Wellbeing Group

This is not an exhaustive list

Role Specific Training

  • Extensive training and support will be provided to ensure that you are fully equipped for the role.
  • Full Time Officers are required to attend the handover and induction period which takes place in June.
  • Newly elected Full-Time Officers should check with Student Union staff before making any summer holiday plans as a lot of training is scheduled over the summer period.

Additional training and ongoing support are provided throughout the academic year.

Eilidh Sneddon, VP Sport 2020/21, on why you should run for Elections:

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