They oversee the running of the SU, represent students to the University senior management and external bodies like the National Union of Students, run campaigns and do loads of stuff related to their particular role.
The Board meets 4 times a year and has the final say on major decisions about spending and development by the SU. Interested in joining the Board? E-mail us!
Click on Ashley's image to find out more about her and her role.
E-mail Ashley, Tel: 01642 342234
Ashley is 29 and from Middlesbrough. She studied nursing in the adult field and has been heavily involved in the University and Students’ Union throughout her time at Teesside. This has included extensive voluntary activities to raise funds for good causes and working as a Student Representative for the past 3 years, twice being named Student Rep Of The Year by the SU. She’s current Treasurer of the Nursing Society and a keen sportswoman who enjoys Rugby, Powerlifting and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Outside of Uni she’s mum to a 5 year old son and before coming to Uni she worked for her family businesses and as a Youth worker in Middlesbrough.
“It was totally overwhelming and unexpected to be elected President, it had been a really difficult week and I felt really unwell and quite emotional even before the result was announced! So you can imagine how overwhelmed and immensely happy I was after it was confirmed that I had won!”
“I hope to continue to improve students’ time at university and work with the institution to provide the completely holistic experience that I think students want and need. University is so much more than getting a qualification at the end of the day and I want to make sure students are heard with their needs fully met, I want to be part of the change that students want basically!”
The responsibilities of the President include:
- Leading and co-ordinating the work of the Executive Officer team.
- Being the main spokersperson for the Students' Union to the University, the media and the National Union of Students (NUS).
- Campaigning and lobbying the University's most senior figures including fellow Governors and the Vice-Chancellor for change and improvement to the student experience.
- Overseeing the running of the Students' Union by senior management and staff.
- Upholding the SU constitution and working to advance participation in democracy by students.
Click on Adam's image to find out more about him and his role.
E-mail Adam, Tel: 01642 342234
Adam is 27 and originally from Darlington. He recently completed a BA (Hons) in Business Management and has been an enthusiastic volunteer throughout his time at Uni, this has included serving as Chair of the TU Hiking and Hillwalking Club as well as being a member of both the Uni Student Panel and the SU Scrutiny Committee. He’ll also be a familiar face to many students from working on the SU Welcome Desk over the past year as a member of student staff and a member of the Meet and Greet team for the Uni along with several years’ service as a Student Rep for the School Of Social Sciences, Business and Law.
“I am delighted to have been elected and still can't stop smiling. It was a fantastic feeling to hear that so many students put their trust in me to represent them though I must admit the fact there was only 3 votes between me and the runner up added to the tension and indeed relief on the evening!”
“I hope to achieve a lot in the role but above all, like my three new colleagues on the Student Officer team, I want to ensure that the student voice is listened to and acted on by the University.”
The responsibilities of the Vice-President Education include:
-Attending a range of meetings with senior academic staff at the University to represent student opinion when drawing up teaching policies.
-Campaigning and lobbying for improvements to the academic experience at the University including improvements to feedback from lecturers.
-Working with the Students' Union's representation department to ensure students have the support they need should they have issues with their course or lecturers.
-Running student campaigns around a range of issues including quality of feedback and educational experience.
Click on Manon's image to find out more about her and her role.
E-mail Manon, Tel: 01642 342234
Manon is 23 and originally from Lausanne in Switzerland. She’s the only Officer returning for a second term and prior to becoming a Student Officer she completed a degree in Performance For Live and Recorded Media.
She was also a member of student staff at the Students’ Union, a Student Rep and a dedicated volunteer who got involved in a range of events and projects with both the University and the Students’ Union prior to being elected.
“It felt amazing to be re-elected, I actually felt more nervous this year than in 2014 when I was first elected and I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to continue all the important work I started last year. I’ll obviously miss my current colleagues on the Student Officer team when they depart at the end of June and wish them all the very best but I’m also excited to welcome 3 new faces who will bring new energy and ideas.”
“I have lots of priorities but one of the biggest is lobbying the University to provide even more resources to help students relax and refresh during what can be a very stressful time e.g. funds for a nap room on campus.”
The responsibilities of the Vice-President Welfare include:
- Leading on major student campaigns around key issues like housing, sexual health, personal safety and money.
- Working closely with Student Reps to identify and address welfare students are facing on campus or in the areas they live.
- Working in partnership with the University and external agencies like Cleveland Police, The Safer Middlesbrough Partnership and the local Health Trust on campaigns and initiatives to improve student health, wellbeing and safety.
- Representing student opinion on key university committees concerned with issues of student welfare and experience.
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E-mail Brian, Tel: 01642 342234
Brian is 26 and originally from Glasgow. He’s currently completing the final year of a Sports Therapy course and also waiting to hear back about studying a Masters in Radiography at Teesside University.
He’s been Chair of the Teesside University American Football Club and also takes an interest in Powerlifting and Muaythai Fighting. Prior to coming to Uni, he worked as duty manager in a bar and spent 6 years in construction eventually getting promoted to the role of quantity surveyor. He also has a volunteer role driving a boat on the River Clyde.
“Getting elected to the role was and remains a totally surreal experience, I’m not sure it will fully sink in until I actually take office this summer and start the job.”
“There’s obviously always going to be a line between being liked and respected as an Officer, I just aim to be fair to everyone and make sure I take decisions that can be justified and are designed to help everyone move forward.”
The responsibilities of the Student Activities Officer include:
- Working with all clubs and societies at the SU to ensure they're properly run, manage their finances correctly and develop to their full potential.
- Working with staff from the University to ensure the best possible facilities, resources and opportunities for students to get more from their time at Uni as part of sports team, societies or when volunteering.
- Representing student opinion to key University committees concerned with the student experience.
- Leading on the running of major student events like our twice yearly sports varsities, Athletic Union Tour and Annual Awards Dinner.