Student Officers Elect 2021/22

Meet the Student Officers Elect

The Student Officers Elect were chosen by their fellow students to take over the Student Officer roles in March following our annual elections. You can see a full summary of the candidates and results on the elections pageRebecca Gilling (President Education Elect), Harriet Dryden (President Activities Elect) and Madhu Bethina (President Welfare Elect) will officially take up their roles at the start of July. They will work full-time for at least 12 months and, amongst many other things, will be paid to:

  • Lead the TUSU Board of Trustees and oversee the running of your students’ union.
  • Represent all Teesside University students to the most senior figures at the university, including the Board of Governors, Vice-Chancellor, and his top team.
  • Represent all Teesside University students to the National Union of Students (NUS) and other external bodies.
  • Lead on campaigns, activities and events around student activities, safety, mental and physical health, employability, course-related issues and more.
  • Work closely with staff and student reps from TUSU as well as staff at all levels within the university to keep improving all aspects of your student experience.
  • Uphold the TUSU constitution and bylaws related to it at all times.
  • Encourage students to get involved in the democratic side of the SU and give them feedback through forums and official bodies like the Annual General Meeting (AGM) Scrutiny Committee and Student Rep Forum.


Rebecca Gilling

President Education Elect

Rebecca is originally from County Durham and completed a single honours in Psychology at Teesside University before moving on to a master’s in Health Psychology. She has been a lead member of the Knitting Society for four years, serving as Events Coordinator and, more recently, Chair.

“I was inspired to run for a position as a Student Officer after seeing the fantastic work that previous people who held the position had done over the years. It is a unique opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of students from many different backgrounds.

I am keen to ensure that, whether they return to campus or continue working from home, students have access to the resources and support that they need. I also want to further improve awareness of the many ways that the students’ union can help students, especially if they are encountering problems with their course or broader academic experience."

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Harriet Dryden

President Activities Elect

Harriet is originally from Linthorpe right here in Middlesbrough and completed an undergraduate degree in Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation at Teesside University before moving on to a Masters in Applied International Public Health.

She has been heavily involved in the students’ union throughout her time at university, including being a member of the Women’s Football Club and helping to lead/ run it as a committee member. She also widened student awareness of and participation in TUSU campaigns as a Campaigns Rep.

“I chose to run for an Officer position because TUSU has been a huge part of my very positive experience at Teesside University, and I want to enrich other students’ journey. I am looking to make sport and societies enjoyable and easily accessible. I would also like to help student groups to get back up and running smoothly after a difficult year.

I will aim to ensure that students feel sport and societies are enjoyable and fitness sessions are available to all. I am a big believer that participation in student groups can help with making friends, widening the student experience, and improving mental health. It seems particularly important and valuable this year following the many adverse effects of the pandemic. I cannot wait to get stuck in!”

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Madhu Bethina

President Welfare Elect

Madhu is originally from Andhra Pradesh in India and is currently in the first year of a Masters in Computer Science here at Teesside University. He is relatively new to the University so has not had previous involvement in TUSU but aims to bring a fresh perspective to the services we provide for students.

"I decided to run for the role of President Welfare as I want to widen all aspects of the support that students receive and to try to encourage people from all backgrounds to utilise the facilities here at TUSU more regularly.

I am keen to ensure, working with my colleagues, that every student is aware of the help we can give and the campaigns we run on housing, safety, mental health, sexual health, alcohol and more.

I also hope my experiences as an international student will prove invaluable to the students' union in the year ahead."