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What are the Students' Union's Executive Officers responsible for?

By QMResLifeSimon 24 Jan 2024

The Students’ Union's six Executive Officers (also called Sabbatical Officers) are annually elected members of the union (for a maximum term of two years) who are paid full-time to represent students across the spectrum of experiences at Queen Mary. They are either current students who interrupt their studies or research, or former students who have just graduated.

The Executive Officer team is made up of a President and five Vice Presidents each responsible for their own area or communities, work on their own projects outlined in their election manifestos, and also lobby the university in a variety of spaces to enact policies that are voted in at Student Council (a committee made up of volunteer students called Part-Time Representatives).

The President

The President is the key spokesperson for the Students’ Union and is responsible for representing students at the highest levels of the university, including the Principal and other members of the Senior Executive Team, University Council, and University Senate. This role unites the Vice Presidents across their remits towards shared vision and practice across the Students’ Union current strategy. This role also chairs the Students’ Union's Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, overseeing financial, legal, and strategic tasks. Additionally, under this role’s remit falls working closely with the Students’ Union Chief Executive Officer and Communications and Marketing Team to report back to the student population the union’s ongoing changemaking activities within and around the student experience.

Vice President Communities

Vice President Communities is responsible for representing students from various communities (from next year to be renamed Vice President Liberation, International, and Postgraduates). VP Communities leads the facilitation of our Liberation campaigns (e.g. Black History Month, Jewish Heritage Fortnight, Asian Heritage Month, etc.) in collaboration with each campaign’s student-led organising committee. This role also represents students in various university meetings related to equality, diversity, and inclusion. Additionally, under this role’s remit falls representing international, postgraduate taught, and postgraduate research students across education, research, and pastoral care.

Vice President Welfare

Vice President Welfare is responsible for representing students related to improving student welfare, such as finance, safety, and health. VP Welfare attends various university meetings related to mental health and wellbeing, cost of living, and access and participation. This role also organises and our twice annual Study Well campaigns, designed to help students look after their mental health and wellbeing during the exam seasons. Additionally, it is this role’s responsibility to represent students in the surrounding community to local councils, police, and other organisations.

Vice President Barts and The London

Vice President Barts and The London, also President of the Barts and The London Students’ Association (BLSA), represents students studying medicine and dentistry, as well as those on various other degree programmes within the faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. VP Barts and The London represents medical and dental students in areas of pastoral care and educational experience and attends key meetings overseeing the direction of taught programmes. This role is responsible for representing students on education matters such as education quality, assessment and feedback, employability, graduate attributes, IT, and library provision in this faculty. Additionally, the role is responsible for maintaining the unique Barts and The London identity and heritage, as well as the development and management of BLSA student spaces. The role is also responsible for the organisation of annual ‘Flagship events’ such as Rites of Passage for graduating Doctors and Dentists and the Association Dinner for students represented by the BLSA.

Vice President Humanities and Social Sciences

Vice President Humanities and Social Sciences represents students studying in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. VP Humanities and Social Sciences represents students from a variety of Schools/Institutes in the faculty in areas of pastoral care and educational experience and attends key meetings overseeing the direction of taught programmes. This role is responsible for representing students on education matters such as education quality, assessment and feedback, employability, graduate attributes, IT, and library provision in this faculty.

Vice President Science and Engineering

Vice President Science and Engineering represents students studying in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. VP Science and Engineering represents students from a variety of Schools/Institutes in the faculty in areas of pastoral care and educational experience and attends key meetings overseeing the direction of taught programmes. This role is responsible for representing students on education matters such as education quality, assessment and feedback, employability, graduate attributes, IT, and library provision in this faculty.


You can find out more about Queen Mary Students' Union and how you can get involved on their website.

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