Could you be the next Women's Officer?

Nominations are now open to be the next Women's Officer

Cambridge SU is looking for a new Women’s Officer to join the Sabbatical Officer team for Lent and Easter Term! This is a full-time, paid position. The successful candidate would be required to take a break from their studies for the duration of their term. The new Women’s Officer will join the other 7 sabbatical officers, working to represent women students and students for whom ‘woman’ forms part of their gender identity to the University. All students who self-identify as women, or for whom ‘woman’ forms a part of their identity, are eligible to run in this election, whatever year or level of study. 

This is an incredibly exciting role. Past Women’s Officers have achieved hugely significant changes for the students they represent, including persuading the University to lower the burden of proof required in University sexual assault cases through the ‘Breaking the Silence’ initiative. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone interested in taking on a leading role in feminist campaigning in Cambridge. You will be supported every step of the way both by the other sabbatical officers and the dedicated wider staff team at Cambridge SU to help you develop as a representative and deliver on your manifesto commitments. 

 

The Women’s Officer role involves:

  • Being a lead representative for women students and students for whom “woman” forms part of their gender identity. 

  • Being a public face of, and providing leadership to, the Women’s Campaign.

  • Leading Cambridge SU’s work advancing an inclusive, supportive and progressive environment for women students at the University of Cambridge and students at the University for whom “woman” forms a part of their gender identity.

  • Acting in accordance with decisions taken by the Women’s Campaign Forum.

  • Being responsible for running the ordinary business of the Women’s Campaign, coordinating the Campaign’s work. 

  •  Leading the development and enactment of policy positions on behalf of women students and those for whom “woman” forms part of their identity.

  • Representing these students in a variety of different University decision-making structures, including University committees and in 1-1 meetings with senior management. 

See pages 19-20 in the Cambridge SU by-laws for the role’s full terms of reference and associated responsibilities. 

If you are at all interested in hearing more details about the role, you are warmly encouraged to contact Milo on his work Facebook or via email at milo.eyremorgan@cambridgesu.co.uk, or speak to any of the other sabbatical officers. 

 

Being a sabbatical officer 

Being a Sabbatical Officer is a full-time job that any student can run for, regardless of level of study. As a sabbatical officer you will be supported by staff at Cambridge SU and receive a full induction process. A normal working week is 35 hours per week. Sabbatical Officers and staff are required to work Monday-Friday and on occasions, will be required to work out of hours or on weekends.

All Officers will be working at Cambridge SU’s offices, which are at 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge, although we are currently working remotely due to Covid-19. The salary of Cambridge SU Sabbatical Officers for 2021-22 is circa. £21,800.

 

Starting as sabbatical officer during the academic year

As being an SU sabbatical officer is a full time role, the successful candidate for Women’s Officer will need to suspend their studies to take up office and resume next year. If you are an undergraduate student, this is likely to mean missing at least some of the first part of the year you return to your studies. 

The Student Advice Service will be able to support you with applying for this, and the University has committed to ensuring that students are able to take up SU roles as these are important for the good running of the University. More information about suspending your studies and running including for international students and intermitting students is available in our election FAQs.

Timeline

This timeline will be subject to the approval of Cambridge SU’s Student Council.

Tuesday 18th January 

9:00

Nominations Open

Wednesday 26th January

12:00

Nominations Close

Thursday 27th February

 

Candidates Briefing

16:00

Deadline for amending Campaign Materials

Friday 28th January

9:00

Campaigning Opens

Monday 31st January 

9:00

Voting Opens

Thursday 3rd February

17:00

Voting Closes

19:00

Provisional Results Announces

Friday 4th February 

10:00

Official Results Announced

 
 

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