Each year, Loughborough Students’ Union is led by a team of Executive Officers, who are elected by you. They represent your views, fight your corner and aim to make sure that every aspect of your University experience is the best it can be.
This year, we’re doing things a little differently. Following, feedback from you, the students, alongside previous LSU Executive Officers, we’ve gone back to the drawing board and developed a new model of representation that means we can listen and respond to even more students and be passionate about the things you care about.
WHY IS REPRESENTATION AT LSU CHANGING?
- We want to ensure every Loughborough students views and ideas are represented, regardless of how big or small.
- Strengthen officer accountability
- Aims to improve our student-facing work
- Introduction of interns (in certain areas) to offer facilitation and training support with the activity being driven by students.
- Introduction of volunteer positions for broader student representation in the absence of an Elected Executive Officer/Section Lead.
- Clearer and more defined responsibilities across teams offering a more-focused and effective approach.
Who has made this decision?
This process was started by the Executive of 2017-18 but was continued and finalised by the current Executive with the final form being signed off at Board of Trustees.
What is the difference between the Executive and the Section Heads?
In the past it has been suggested that the Section Heads do not have enough time to focus on their section and that is what we allowed them to do. The five Executive will act as trustees and as representatives of the Union as whole, thus freeing up the Section Heads to exert more energy into their section.
Why are the Vice President’s being combined into one role?
Having one sole Vice President would ensure faster and smoother decision making as well as efficient Section Head support. It will combine the roles of the two but with less of a financial role leaving that to the President and permanent staff members.
Will there still be student input on Union finances?
In short, yes. This will come via the Finance and Risk sub-committee on the Board of Trustees which shall contain two student members of the Board of Trustees.
What is the Clubs Officer and how is it different to the Sports EO?
The Clubs Officer will do a largely similar job to the current AU Intern in that they will support the Sport EO with the day to day running of the Loughborough Sport Section, being the immediate contact with individual members, committees, and Kukri representatives.
Will the PostGraduate Chair be in charge of the academic representation?
The Education EO will take the lead on academic representation for the Postgrads as well as further involvement from Student Voice. The Postgraduate President will too be involved in elements of this process, but their role is more social.
How are they to be elected?
All positions apart from the AU Clubs Officer will be elected in a cross campus ballot. The Clubs Officer will be elected via a membership wide ballot within the Sports section.
What about pay?
All our paid student representatives will receive exactly the same salary as they have done in the past years. The 5 ‘Executive’ members will be paid the same as our section heads.
What is happening to Media?
Media will still be represented but not by a paid student volunteer. The Media Chair shall be unpaid and will be student volunteer role, but they will be supported by a paid intern who shall have the technical skills needed to make the section run.
Where will International sit?
The International chair will continue to reside under the Welfare and Diversity section with support from the Welfare and Diversity EO.
If I have any further questions that have not been answered, to whom do I turn?
If you have any further questions at all please email firstname.lastname@example.org or pop in to the Exec Office (where the old Rag office was) and find Olly Norman who will happily answer your questions.