The Roles

The Union is led by a team of 26 Officers, including full-time Sabbatical Officers (‘Sabbs’ – the 4 VPs and President) and part-time Officers. These Officers work in  four Zones – each one for a different aspect of student life:

  • Voice for students that have something to say. We’re the Zone that lead on democracy, student opinion, and ensuring national representation for Surrey students.
  • Activity for getting involved in clubs and societies, and supporting your personal development. We’re the Zone that helps support student groups, remove barriers to participation, and create opportunities for students that want to develop themselves.
  • Support for students who are passionate about supporting others, and creating opportunities for other students to support one-another. We’re the Zone that covers equality and diversity, support for wellbeing, and operates academic advice at the Union. 
  • Community for bringing students together and finding a home away from home. We’re the Zone that organises showcase events, represents students in the local community, and lead on things like volunteering and fundraising. 

Want to find out more about each Zone? Just follow the buttons below:

Role Descriptions

The 26 Officers that lead the Union have different roles and responsibilities. If you’d like to find out more about each role that’s available, check out the relevant descriptions below.

If you’re thinking of running, it’s worth getting in touch with this year’s Officer team.  Our full time team are available and you can book a short meeting with them to help you in making your decision.  Click here to book a short meeting.

Which Officer Are You?

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VP Community

The VP Community leads the Community Zone, which is all about bringing people together and creating a home away from home. Working with a team of five part-time Officers, this VP is perfect for someone who's passionate about entertainment, volunteering and fundraising, and working with the local community.

Here are some of the things that the Community Zone have achieved:

  • 2019/20 2013 Created and introduced Rubix Black Cards 2013 a membership card for year-round access to Rubix events
  • 2018/19 2013 Surrey Volunteering platform was launched to enable organisations to advertise their opportunities to students
  • 2014/15 - Brought back Free Fest 2013 a free music event on campus to integrate students and the local community

The VP Community is a full-time, paid role.

Community Zone

This is one of the five part-time roles available in the Community Zone, which is all about bringing people together. Working with the VP Community and the other part-time Officers in the Zone, this role is perfect for someone who cares about showcase events, representing student locally, and helping students find a home away from home. The part-time Community Zone Officer with the most votes will also sit on the Union's policy-making body, the Executive Committee.

Here are some of the things that the Community Zone have achieved:

  • 2019/20 2013 Created and introduced Rubix Black Cards 2013 a membership card for year-round access to Rubix events
  • 2018/19 2013 Surrey Volunteering platform was launched to enable organisations to advertise their opportunities to students
  • 2014/15 - Brought back Free Fest 2013 a free music event on campus to integrate students and the local community

This is a part-time, voluntary role.

RAG Chair

This is one of the five part-time roles available in the Community Zone, which is all about bringing people together. Working with the VP Community and the other part-time Officers in the Zone, this role is perfect for someone who cares about getting students engaged in fun activities to encourage raising money and giving to charity. The RAG Chair is responsible for selecting the Union's chosen charities for the year and will also sit on the Union's policy-making body, the Executive Committee.

Here are some of the things that the Community Zone have achieved:

  • 2019/20 2013 Created and introduced Rubix Black Cards 2013 a membership card for year-round access to Rubix events
  • 2018/19 2013 Surrey Volunteering platform was launched to enable organisations to advertise their opportunities to students
  • 2014/15 - Brought back Free Fest 2013 a free music event on campus to integrate students and the local community

This is a part-time, voluntary role.

VP Voice

The VP Voice leads the Voice Zone, which is all about students that have something to say. Working with a team of five part-time Officers, this VP is perfect for someone who's passionate about democracy, student opinion, and working to represent Surrey at a national level.

Here are a few of the successes achieved by the Voice Zone:

  • 2019/20 - A campaign platform launched to support student-led campaigning on campus
  • 2017/18 - The Southern Unions Network was created to share research/ideas and champion regional issues affecting students at Surrey
  • 2015/16 - University of Surrey Lettings was founded in partnership between the Union and the University

The VP Voice is a full-time, paid role.

Voice Zone

This is one of the five part-time roles availible in the Voice Zone, which is all about students that have something to say. Working with the VP Voice and the other part-time Officers in the Zone, this role is perfect for someone who cares about democracy, student opinion, and ensuring that Surrey students are heard by the University. The two part-time Officers with the most votes will also sit on the Union's policy-making body, the Executive Committee.

Here are a few of the successes achieved by the Voice Zone:

  • 2019/20 - A campaign platform launched to support student-led campaigning on campus
  • 2017/18 - The Southern Unions Network was created to share research/ideas and champion regional issues affecting students at Surrey
  • 2015/16 - University of Surrey Lettings was founded in partnership between the Union and the University

This is a part-time, voluntary role.

President

The President sits at the very top of the Union and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Union. As President, you chair the Union's charitable Board of Trustees and sit on some of the highest Committees within the University. If you're passionate about issues across the whole student experience, then President could be an incredible opportunity!

Here are a few of the successes achieved by Presidents:

  • 2017/18 - Successful lobbying for the creation of the Hive and further central support services
  • 2018/19 - Reviewed the University Bursary scheme to include more students
  • 2017/18 - Introduced an active annual Black History Month calendar

This is a full-time, paid position.

Chair

The Union Chair is the only part-time position that doesn't sit in one of the Union's four Zones (Community, Activity, Supoprt, and Voice) - instead, they lead on things like policy making at our Executive Committee and Officer accountability. The Union Chair also sits on the Union's charitable Board of Trustees, making them a Director for the charity itself. If you're passionate about making the Union the best it can be, then you should think about running for Union Chair!

This is a part-time, voluntary position.

VP Support

The VP Support leads the Support Zone, which is all about supporting students as well as those who want to support others. Working with a team of five part-time Officers, this VP is perfect for someone who's passionate about wellbeing, diversity, and representing students on the support services available at Surrey.

Here are a few of the successes achieved by the Support Zone:

  • 2019/20 2013 Welfare Watch launched to protect and support students on Rubix nights out
  • 2019/20 2013 New policy introduced so that students with chronic illnesses don't have to provide evidence every single time they apply for ECs
  • 2017/18 2013 Nightline service launched

The VP Support is a full-time, paid role.

Support Zone

This is one of the five part-time roles available in the Support Zone, which is all about students that want to support others. Working with the VP Support and the other part-time Officers in the Zone, this role is perfect for someone who cares about wellbeing, inclusion, and helping students that want to support others. The two part-time Support Zone Officers with the most votes will also sit on the Union's policy-making body, the Executive Committee.

Here are a few of the successes achieved by the Support Zone:

  • 2019/20 2013 Welfare Watch launched to protect and support students on Rubix nights out
  • 2019/20 2013 New policy introduced so that students with chronic illnesses don't have to provide evidence every single time they apply for ECs
  • 2017/18 2013 Nightline service launched

This is a part-time, voluntary role.

VP Activity

The VP Activity leads the Activity Zone, which is all about getting involved and supporting students' individual development. Working with a team of five part-time Officers, this VP is perfect for someone who's passionate about sports and societies, increasing participation in activity, and helping students develop skills.

Here are a few of the successes achieved by the Activity Zone:

  • 2019/20 - Free Swimming at SSP for students who are non-Sports Park members
  • 2018/19 - Launch of "Employable Me" with the aim to getting students involved with extra-curricular activity, gaining skills and boosting their careers
  • 2017/18 - Increased transport budget to enable sports teams to travel to BUCS competitions and external training venues for free

The VP Activity is a full-time, paid role.

Team Surrey Chair

The Team Surrey Chair is one of the five part-time roles available in the Activity Zone, which is all about getting involved and supporting students' individual development. Working with the VP Activity and the other part-time Officers in the Zone, the Team Surrey Chair leads on developing sport at Surrey and increasing participation with sports or physical activity. The Team Surrey Chair also sits on the Union's policy-making body, the Executive Committee, and coordinates Sports Standings throughout the year.

Here are a few of the successes achieved by the Activity Zone:

  • 2019/20 - Free Swimming at SSP for students who are non-Sports Park members
  • 2018/19 - Launch of "Employable Me" with the aim to getting students involved with extra-curricular activity, gaining skills and boosting their careers
  • 2017/18 - Increased transport budget to enable sports teams to travel to BUCS competitions and external training venues for free

The Team Surrey Chair is a part-time, voluntary role.

Soc Chair

The Surrey Societies Chair is one of the five part-time roles available in the Activity Zone, which is all about getting involved and supporting students' individual development. Working with the VP Activity and the other part-time Officers in the Zone, the Surrey Societies Chair leads on developing societies at Surrey and increasing participation with extracurricular activity. The Surrey Societies Chair also sits on the Union's policy-making body, the Executive Committee, and coordinates Society Standings throughout the year.

Here are a few of the successes achieved by the Activity Zone:

  • 2019/20 - Free Swimming at SSP for students who are non-Sports Park members
  • 2018/19 - Launch of "Employable Me" with the aim to getting students involved with extra-curricular activity, gaining skills and boosting their careers
  • 2017/18 - Increased transport budget to enable sports teams to travel to BUCS competitions and external training venues for free

The Surrey Societies Chair is a part-time, voluntary role.

Activity Zone

This is one of the five part-time roles available in the Activity Zone, which is all about getting students involved in extracurricular opportunities and developing new skills. Working with the VP Activity and the other part-time Officers in the Zone, this role is perfect for someone who cares about reducing barriers to activity and creating opportunities for students to gain skills.

Here are a few of the successes achieved by the Activity Zone:

  • 2019/20 - Free Swimming at SSP for students who are non-Sports Park members
  • 2018/19 - Launch of "Employable Me" with the aim to getting students involved with extra-curricular activity, gaining skills and boosting their careers
  • 2017/18 - Increased transport budget to enable sports teams to travel to BUCS competitions and external training venues for free

This is a part-time, voluntary role.