Your Union Officers for 2020/21

Head of Student Voice


Responsible to:

  • Student Council as an elected representative
  • The Board of Trustees as a Trustee
  • The Chief Executive as an employee

Responsible for:

  • Student Officers
  • Exec Committee

Purpose of the post:

Responsible for being the primary spokesperson for all matters relating to Union representation and democracy at Solent University and within the Student Union. They provide political leadership to the Student Union, and coordinate the political & democratic work of all elected student representatives. To be the main point of contact for the University and to act as a Trustee and Director of the Students’ Union.

Role Specific Responsibilities

  • To be the Chair of the Trustee Board of the Student Union.
  • To sit on Solent University’s Board of Governors.
  • To liaise with the Chief Executive and be the lead Officer to ensure the continued development of the Union’s strategy.
  • To liaise with the Chief Executive on the production on the annual budget, including presentation and ratification by the Board of Trustees and at the Annual General Meeting.
  • To work closely with the Chief Executive to establish and monitor implementation of management priorities to ensure the Union is legally compliant at all times, including ensuring reputational risk management.
  • To attend, report to and promote attendance of Elected Officers at Student Council.
  • To ensure democratic process are followed in accordance with the Memorandum and Articles of Association and Bye Laws of the Union.
  • To maintain a Policy Register for student members in accordance with the Bye Laws.
  • To attend, report to and promote attendance of Elected Officers at Student Council.
  • To assume the role of Co-Director of Sonar Media for all Sonar Media output (TV, Radio, Film and Magazine), including the right to alter, withdraw or remove content which is deemed a risk to the reputation of the Union.

Sabbatical officer general role responsibilities

  • To liaise with the University, other institutions, the National Union of Students (NUS) and any other relevant legislative or regulatory bodies on behalf of the student membership.
  • To take responsibility for running any priority campaign not undertaken by any student officer.
  • To attend relevant local and national conferences, training events and meetings as required.
  • To represent student members and the Students’ Union at relevant University meetings or working groups.
  • To represent the Students’ Union at and open the annual Graduation ceremonies of their term of office.
  • To be the main point of contact for both student and external media enquiries, in relation to their mandated area.
  • To identify and raise any issues relating to students.
  • To campaign for the rights of students.
  • To ensure that the needs of students are reflected through the activities of the Union.
  • To liaise with the University, individual schools and departments to encourage student involvement and engagement throughout the University.
  • To work in partnership with all Elected Officers and staff.
  • To attend Trustee Board and produce reports as required.
  • To undertake any other duties as may be reasonably required by the student membership or the Students’ Union.


  • To attend and provide reports to Student Council.
  • To attend any meetings as required.

Eligibility to stand

  • You must be 16 years of age or older, be a Full Member of Solent Students’ Union, registered as a student and be studying on an accepted course at Solent University in the academic year 2019/20