The Students' Union is led by students for students and every year all current students have the right to elect the four people they want to hold the positions of President, Education Officer, Student Activities Officer and Welfare Officer. 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 Executive Officers are part of the wider Board of Trustees which also includes two Student Trustees recruited from the student body and four External Trustees who are distinguished and experience figures from Local Government, the Charitable Sector and Higher Education. Find out more about the Board of Trustees here.
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Will Ridley is 20 and originally from Bubwith, a small village in North Yorkshire just south of York. He’s a 2nd year Business Management student and will be taking time out of his studies to take up the role of President. He has already been heavily involved in the Students’ Union and the University as a School Representative, Presenter on the student radio station and Freshers Rep.
“I ran for the role so I could continue my work to improve and enhance the students’ experience. I’m also keen to speak up for a university region that is continually developing and moving forward despite economic challenges.
“When it was announced that I had won the Presidential election it has to go down as one of the greatest moments of my life so far...it’s hard to properly describe the sense of elation after all the tension, work and of course fun of campaigning this past few weeks.”
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.
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Ryan Marshall is 23 and originally from Nottingham but lived in Gravesend, Kent from the age of 13 until coming to Teesside to study. He recently completed a 4 year sandwich course in Games Programming which included a one year placement with Double Eleven in his third year. He’s been actively involved in the Students’ Union and the University throughout his time at Teesside having been a lead member of both the Snowsports Club and the Teesside Entrepreneurs Society.
“I decided to run in the elections this year as I love making a positive difference to student life and doing what I can to help with the current issues and problems that students face, The role of Education Officer seemed an ideal way to continue and develop this work. I’m keen to focus on campaigning for even higher standards of teaching throughout the University and ensuring that current policies are both maintained and improved on.
I also want to fully address the issue of value for money. It’s important to find out where students feel there fees should be spent for maximum benefit to them and their student experience. It’s also vital that they feel they are getting the very best possible learning, teaching, facilities and opportunities for extracurricular activity."
The responsibilities of the Education Officer 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.
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Manon Goetschel is 22 and originally from Lausanne in Switzerland. She’s recently completed a Performance For Live and Recorded Media course and has always been active in both the Students’ Union and the University. Her varied roles include being a member of the publicity team at the Students’ Union, a Freshers Rep, a campaigns volunteer, a School Rep and even an occasional model for both university and SU publicity making her a familiar face to many.
“I’ve been close friends with both the most recent Welfare Officers which had a big influence on my decision to run as they both gave me a good understanding of the role and inspired me to take it on myself. I can particularly empathise with the issues international students sometimes face when moving to a new country and starting a new life so I’ll be focussing a lot on ensuring the support they get and the experience they have is the best it can be.”
“That said I’m keen to look after the wellbeing of all students no matter what their background, it’s important everybody feels safe and comfortable during their time at Uni with access to the right kind of help and support when they are having tough times.”
“I couldn’t quite believe it when I heard my name being read out and it took a few seconds for it to really sink in. It really was the best feeling ever and I’m just keen now to start delivering for students as soon as possible!”
The responsibilities of the Welfare Officer 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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Jodie is 22 and originally from Sheffield. She recently completed a Sports Development degree and stood for election because of the difference being involved in Students’ Union activities, clubs and societies had made to her student experience.
She was keen to help ensure other students enjoyed their time at Teesside as much as she has and felt the Student Activities Officer role was an ideal way to achieve this. “It felt surreal when my name got read out as the winner and it didn’t really sink in until I read through the voting breakdown the day after that it clicked in. It was an amazing experience just being a candidate and I was up against some amazing people so I feel very proud.” Jodie said “There’s lots I want to achieve as an Officer but I’d say my biggest priorities are to increase the number of students involved in volunteering, sports clubs and societies as well as the funds and opportunities they have for taking part. I’d also like to create more events for both clubs and societies to take part in which will hopefully create a spirit of greater unity and of course I want next year’s Sports Varsities and AU Tour to be fresh, new and bigger than ever!”
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.