ARE YOU GOING TO BE THE NEXT STUDENT UNION BOARD MEMBER?
Do you have a heart for personal development and do you want to defend the interests of your fellow students? Then you are the person we are looking for! We have four vacancies on our board for the period of February 2024 until February 2025, of which we would like to fulfil the following portfolios:
- Portfolio holder Personal development and Education
- Portfolio holder External affairs, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
DAILY TASKS OF A STUDENT UNION BOARD MEMBER
Together with five fellow board members you are responsible for most affairs that involve the student life of Enschede. The Executive Board of the UT mandated the Student Union to write the policy for sports and culture, student entrepreneurship and (the introduction to) the living environment of students. Besides that, you are not just engaged in the developments of the UT, but you will also get a lot of freedom to initiate new plans and realise them because of the position of the Student Union. Because of the various tasks of the Student Union, you will meet different kinds of parties at the university. From students and associations to heads of departments and the Executive Board of the university.
The SU talks and decides about the changes in our university, how (extra-curricular) personal development can be placed in this and how this all affects the daily life of students. What would this university look like in 20 years time? And how can students contribute to that? SU's mission statement is: 'Everything we do is done for our fellow students - to empower them to achieve more than a degree'. In addition, your coordinating role represents the interests of some 13.000 students and you will be the point of contact for umbrella organisations, associations, foundations and external parties. In short, you play an active role in everything that concerns students.
A number of examples of what SU board members have been working on in the past year: representing student interests around the COVID-19 measures, activism combining with the Twents Education Model, internationalisation of the campus, FOBOS for board members, trainings for boards, online activism market, activism recognition, board minor, coronaproof Kick-in, discussing the wellbeing of students, organisation of the Share & Take care initiative, reopening Bastille for students, making sure students can participate in sports and cultural activities, opening the Incubase, managing money flows, etc.
The most important things the past board members have learned are: thinking in solutions, lobbying with different parties, having a positive approach, formulating things clearly, setting goals and managing.
This is just the tip of the iceberg and every board member is keen to tell you more about it!
THE BOARD ITSELF
We work in our office in the Bastille. Every Monday morning we have breakfast together and on Friday afternoon we catch up informally at our weekly Friday afternoon drink. The rest of the days, we meet regularly to walk around, to have a talk or during our board meetings. We are a close board and organise extra activities to maintain this.
We offer different kinds of activities where we’ll tell you more about what it’s like and where you can ask us everything you would like to know. Whether you're seriously considering a year on the SU board or are just exploring the options, you're always more than welcome!
- 18 October, interest lunch 12.45 – 13.30
- 25 October, interest drink 16.00 – 17.30
- 9 November, interest drink 16.00 – 17.30
You are also free to ask a current or former board member of the Student Union to join for a walk/videocall, so you can ask them whatever you like to know about the daily tasks you can expect and their experiences. Email Xander if you are interested in such an activity or apply via the interest list.
Are you looking for this challenge and do you want to empower your fellow students to achieve more than a degree by taking this unique position for a year? Apply now! Click here to find more about the application procedure. The deadline is on the 13th of November 23.59.