Sabbatical Positions

Sabbatical positions are full-time roles representing students at the SU. Officers either take a year out from their studies or run to be a sabb in their final year.

If you want to talk to someone about running for a position, you can get in touch with the current officer using the details below. You can also talk to our sabb elections contacts, Chloe and Howard, about any of the roles, or email an SU staff member for a chat with a non-student.

All our current officers are neutral in the elections, so you they'll give anyone who talks to them the same amount of support and advice, as well as keeping your conversations in confidence.

There are eight sabbatical positions being elected. They are:

President (UG)

The Undergraduate President is the lead representative of all undergraduate students at the University. Here’s a list of what the job will entail:

  • Being the lead representative of undergraduate students at the University
  • Sitting on University Council and a number of other committees
  • Taking a leadership role in the running of the Union, chairing either the Executive Committee or the Board of Trustees and being accountable to the University for some aspects of the SU’s work
  • Being a lead spokesperson for the SU to external organisations and the media
  • Supporting and enabling collaboration between JCRs and MCRs including College Forum
  • Leading and supporting the Sabbatical Officer team, coordinating the work of the other officers
  • Working closely with the Postgraduate President on many of these responsibilities

You must be an Undergraduate at the time of the election in order to stand for this role. The current President (UG) is Ben Margolis. Read more about what he’s been working on here

 

President (PG)

The Postgraduate President is the lead representative of all postgraduate students at the University. Here’s a list of what the job will entail:

  • Being the lead representative of postgraduate students at the University
  • Sitting on University Council and a number of other committees
  • Taking a leadership role in the running of the Union, chairing either the Executive Committee or the Board of Trustees and being accountable to the University for some aspects of the SU’s work
  • Being a lead spokesperson for the SU to external organisations and the media
  • Supporting and enabling collaboration between JCRs and MCRs including College Forum
  • Leading and supporting the Sabbatical Officer team, coordinating the work of the other officers
  • Working closely with the Undergraduate President on many of these responsibilities

You must be a Postgraduate at the time of the election in order to stand for this role. The current President (PG) is Aastha Dahal. Read more about what she’s been working on here

 

Access, Education & Participation officer (UG)

The Undergraduate Access, Education and Participation Officer is the lead officer for Undergraduate students on issues surrounding their educational experience at university, equal participation of all Undergraduate students in university life, and fair access to Undergraduate study at the University. Here’s a list of what the job will entail:

  • Representing students on the General Board, the University’s senior academic body, and a number of other committees
  • Overseeing (with staff support) the SU’s access schemes for undergraduate study
  • Training and supporting Academic Reps, including coordinating Academic Forum
  • Supporting and enabling collaboration between JCR Access Officers
  • Working closely with the Postgraduate Access, Education and Participation Officer on many of these responsibilities

You must be an undergraduate at the time of your election to stand for this role, and candidates are expected to have personal experience and understanding of access at Cambridge.The current AEP (UG) Officer is Esme Cavendish. Read more about what she’s been working on here

 

Access, Education & Participation officer (PG)

The Postgraduate Access, Education and Participation Officer is the lead officer for Postgraduate students on issues surrounding their educational experience at university, equal participation of all Postgraduate students in university life, and fair access to Postgraduate study at the University. Here’s a list of what the job will entail:

  • Representing students on the General Board, the University’s senior academic body, and a number of other committees
  • Overseeing (with staff support) the SU’s access schemes for Postgraduate study
  • Training and supporting Academic Reps, including coordinating Academic Forum
  • Working closely with the Undergraduate Access, Education and Participation Officer on many of these responsibilities

You must be a Postgraduate at the time of your election to stand for this role, and candidates are expected to have personal experience and understanding of access at Cambridge. The current AEP (PG) Officer is Siyang Wei. Read more about what they’ve been working on here

 

BME Officer

The Black & Minority Ethnic Officer is the lead representative for BME students at the University. Here’s a list of what the job will entail:

  • Taking a leadership role in the BME Campaign, in keeping with its constitution. This includes coordinating the Campaign’s campaigning and representative work.
  • Sitting on some University committees
  • Being accountable to BME students via the BME Campaign for their work
  • Supporting and enabling collaboration between College BME Officers

You should be a BME student to stand for this role. The current BME officer is Howard Chae. Read more about what he’s been working on here

 

Disabled Students' OFficer

The Disabled Students’ Officer is the lead representative for disabled students at the University. Here’s a list of what the job will entail:

  • Taking a leadership role in the Disabled Students’ Campaign, in keeping with its constitution. This includes coordinating the Campaign’s campaigning and representative work
  • Sitting on some University committees
  • Being accountable to disabled students via the Disabled Students’ Campaign for their work
  • Supporting and enabling collaboration between College Disabled Students’ Officers

You must be a disabled student to stand for this role. The current Disabled Students' Officer is Rensa Gaunt. Read more about what she’s been working on here

 

Women's Officer

The Women’s Officer is the lead representative for women students at the University and students for whom “woman” forms a part of their gender identity. Here’s a list of what the job will entail:

  • Takes a leadership role in the Women’s Campaign, in keeping with its constitution. This includes coordinating the Campaign’s campaigning and representative work.
  • Is a lead representative for students at the University for whom “woman” forms a part of their gender identity.
  • Sits on some University committees
  • Is accountable to students via the Women’s Campaign for their work
  • Supports and enables collaboration between College Women’s Officers

You should be a student for whom “woman” forms a part of your gender identity to stand for this role. The current Women's Officer is Chloe Newbold. Read more about what she’s been working on here

 

Welfare & Community Officer

The Welfare & Community Officer is the lead officer for all students on issues relating to their mental, physical and social wellbeing, and students’ rights. This includes issues related to accommodation and housing. Here’s a list of what the job will entail:

  • Being the lead officer for issues around the relationship between students and the local community and the engagement of students with local and national democracy
  • Sitting on University and college committees related to student welfare
  • Overseeing (with staff support) the SU’s activity to support students’ welfare & rights, including the Student Advice Service
  • Supporting and enables collaboration between Welfare Officers in colleges and other student groups

Any student can stand for this role. The current Welfare & Community Officer is Alice Gilderdale. Read more about what she’s been working on here

 

 

A Day in the life

Find out more from this year's sabbatical team about what a typical day in their job looks like. We'll be releasing an article from every sabb between now and the elections!

A day in the life with Aastha. Aastha, President (PG)

Day in the Life of the President (PG)

As the Postgrad president, I work on a variety of issues that affect stu...Read More

A day in the life with Chloe. Chloe, Women's Officer

Day in the Life of the Women's Officer

Woweee! It’s hard to believe that it has been almost an entire year sinc...Read More

A day in the life with Alice. Alice, Welfare & Community Officer

A day in the Life of the Welfare & Community Officer

The role of Welfare and Community officer is incredibly varied, so while...Read More

 

 

Being a sabbatical officer

Being a Sabbatical Officer is a full-time job that any student can run for, regardless of level of study. All Sabbs will be supported by staff at Cambridge SU and receive a full induction process, including a two week handover with the outgoing Sabbatical Officer team. 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 not yet confirmed, but will be £21,000-£23,000.

Sabbatical Officers start work at the beginning of July, and are expected not to take leave during the initial month of induction and handover. Sabbatical officers are entitled to 28 working days of leave.

Some of the sabbatical officers also act as charity trustees for Cambridge SU. The two Presidents are automatically trustees, and the team once elected will appoint three of the remaining 6 officers to act as trustees for Cambridge SU.

 

Volunteer Positions

There are also several voluntary positions for election. These are roles undertaken alongside study for one year from the July after the elections.

University Councillor

This role is the third student member of University Council, alongside the SU Presidents. University Council is the trustee board of the University, which is legally responsible for its running. The University Councillor is not an SU role, but the SU conducts elections on behalf of the University.

Part-Time Students' Officer

The Part Time Students' Officer represents students who study part time on the SU Executive Committe. This must be a course defined as PT by the University; students who study a course which is ordinarily full-time over a longer period are represented by the Double Time Officer.

Double Time Officer

The Double Time Officer sits on the SU Executive Committee and represents students who are studying their course over a longer period of time as an Adjusted Mode of Assessment (AMA), usually for health reasons.

Mature Students' Officer

The Mature Students' Officer represents mature students on the SU Executive Committe. A mature student is defined as someone who was 22 or more years old when starting an undergraduate course, or 26 or more years old when starting a postgraduate course.

Families Officer

The Families Officer sits on the SU Executive Committee and represents students who have the responsibilities of a parent or guardian of a child.

 

Skills you'll gain

Here’s a look at some of the skills you’ll use and gain when you become a Sabbatical Officer. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of these right away, Cambridge SU offers lots of opportunities for training and development for all staff and Sabbatical Officers.

  • Running campaigns and organising
  • Public speaking
  • Chairing
  • Teamwork
  • Building relationships and stakeholder management
  • Delivering training
  • Running events
  • Supporting volunteers
  • Charity governance
  • Diplomacy
  • Organisational skills