This March, students from the University of Strathclyde will be electing six full-time sabbatical officicers, including our very own Sports President. Find out more information on the role and elections below, including how to stand for a position and key dates to keep an eye out for.
The role of Sports President is essential to the smooth operations of the Sports Union and its member Clubs. The Sports President is also a member of the Strathclyde Students' Union trustee board which carries other responsibilities, such as student representation.
No two days in the role will be the same. The Sports President leads on the creation, development and delivery of Sports Union policy as well as supporting the organisation of general sport activities, primarily those involving sports clubs.
A good President will be a strong advocate for Sport and Physical Activity and specifically of the Sports Union itself. Good organisation and strong communication skills are essential to the role. The role holder will also gain first hand experience of planning and managing a large budget alongside the Finance Committee. You must be able to work with and lead fellow students, while also being part of the Sports Union staff team.
This truly is a diverse, yet highly enjoyable role, offering fantastic experience straight out of university. Previous role holders have moved on to positions across a range of industries, such as Sport Management, Business, Marketing, Events, Engineering, Teaching, Finance and many more (we're still waiting on our first Astronaut).
Becoming Sports President is a fantastic opportunity to have your say on the issues that really impact students' live, gain valuable industry skills and experience that will enhance your CV, and get more involved in the University community.
To stand for 2020-21 Sports President, you must stand in the Strath Union elections. Find our more information from Strath Union on the nomination process.
The below key dates have been confirmed by Strath Union for the 2020 Strath Elections.
|Friday 17th January
|Thursday 18th February
||Nominations close and online campaigning begins
|Thursday 27th February
||Physical campaigning begins
|Monday 2nd March
||Strath Union election hustings
|Tuesday 3rd March
||Voting opens & Sports Union hustings
|Thursday 5th March
|Friday 6th March
Becoming a sabbatical officer means working full-time for a year, with a salary of around £20,000, leading on Strath Union or Sports Union campaigns, and representing the interests of the Strathclyde's 20,000 students. It's a fantastic opportunity to really shape students' lives as you work to influence the University, managing your own projects and developing existing work of the Sports Union, all while gaining valuable leadership experience.
If you are a current student, becoming a sabbatical officer would mean taking a year out of your studies. You can also stand to become a sabbatical officer in your final year, meaning you would take up the role after you graduate.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We recommend attending one of the election workshops run by Strath Union to get an idea of what to expect, covering topics such as how to run a campaign.