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Vice President Welfare Job Role

Vice President Welfare

Vice President Welfare is responsible for campaigning on issues that affects student welfare and wellbeing including housing, mental health and financial hardship. They will represent student interests within the University and local community and ensure the Union supports welfare groups.

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: Empathetic, Supportive, Team-player, Public Speaking, Negotiation Skills, Communication Skills


              Andy Kerr


“First of all it is a good thing to do, helping others is good for you too, it is a great experience, adds new and different skill sets and is challenging and rewarding in equal measures.”
- Andy Kerr, Chief Operating Officer, The Piper Group


              Jo-ann Robertson


“I was excited about how I could reach students in a different way and make significant changes that made their student experience better."
- Jo-ann Robertson, Union President 2000/01


              Gurjit Singh


“I wanted to improve the student experience and as a campaigner it felt right to put myself forward. ”
- Gurjit Singh, Union President 2007/08

This role will:

1. Be the main representative on the welfare and wellbeing of students within the University and local community.

2. Campaigning on issues including, but not limited to: housing and accommodation, mental health provision, poverty and widening access.

3. Chair Welfare Committee.

4. Liaise with part-time, international, mature students and representative groups such as the Mature Students Association.

5. Ensure the Union caters for Nightline and other welfare groups.

6. Ensure part-time, international, mature students have the skills and knowledge to campaign and make their issues heard.

7. Direct students to necessary support.

8. 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
  • Welfare Committee


  • University Court
  • University Senate
  • Library Board
  • Halls Committee
  • Employability Committee
  •  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.

Benn Rapson, VP Welfare 2020/21, on why you should run for Elections:

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