Running for positions
Can undergraduates run for all the roles?
Undergraduates students can run for the following roles: Access, Education & Participation Officer (UG) BME Officer Disabled Students' Officer President (UG) Welfare & Community Officer Women's Officer Undergraduates can also run for any of the roles on the Executive Committee, or for committee positions within the SU Campaigns where appropriate. Each of the SU campaigns will have undergraduate and postgraduate structural co-leadership.
Can postgraduates run for all the roles?
Postgraduate students can run for the following roles: Access, Education & Participation Officer (PG) BME Officer Disabled Students' Officer President (PG) Welfare & Community Officer Women's Officer Postgraduates can also run for any of the roles on the Executive Committee, or for committee positions within the SU Campaigns where appropriate. Each of the SU Campaigns will have undergraduate and postgraduate structural co-leadership.
What is a manifesto?
A manifesto will tell voters why they should vote for you. This should include a list of things you would do and/or stand up for if you were elected, how you will make them happen and why YOU would be excellent for the role. You may also want to include previous work you've done and the experience you have. Think about what you would want to see on a manifesto if you were voting. You can find a list of manifestos from previous manifestos on our website.
Who/ what is RON?
If you are not happy with any of the current candidates standing for election, you can vote to Re-Open Nominations (RON). RON appears on the ballot and votes for RON are counted in the same way as those for candidates. If RON is declared the winner after all votes have been counted, the election will be held again. The original candidates are allowed to run again in the new ballot, but it gives the opportunity for new candidates to run.
Voters may choose to vote RON for one of the following reasons:
•They do not think any of the available candidates should be elected.
•They would rather have more choice and be able to select from a greater number of candidates (not a guaranteed outcome).
•They have already ranked some candidates, but feel that none of the remaining candidates should be elected.
Working for Cambridge SU
How much do sabbatical officers get paid?
The salary of Cambridge SU sabbatical officers is not yet confirmed, but will be £21,000-£23,000.
When do sabbatical officers start and finish their roles?
Cambridge SU sabbatical officers will begin employment on 29 June 2020 and finish in mid-July 2021.
Is being a sabbatical officer a full-time job?
Yes - a normal working week will comprise of not less than 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.
What are the working hours?
We operate on a standard 8 hour day with a 1-hour lunch break. We have flexible working arrangements with core hours between 11:00-16:00. What this means practically is that you don't have to be in the office every day between 9-5, depending on your schedule you may end up working 10-6, or 11-7. If you have any concerns about this we'd be happy to talk more about flexible working and how this will work at Cambridge SU.
Do sabbatical officers work evenings and/or weekends?
Yes. Whilst it isn't very often you will need to work weekends, there are a number of events that will take place in the evening, such as CUSU Council, Executive Committee meetings, forums and trustee board meetings. This isn't every evening, however, and you will get TOIL (time off in lieu) for extra hours worked.
What does a normal working day look like for a sabb?
One of the great things about being a sabbatical officer is that there isn't a 'normal working day'. Whilst there are committees and working group meetings to attend, the role is what you make it. Take a look at our day in the life articles to see what our current sabbatical officers have been up to.
What skills and experience is expected of me?
When sabbatical officers take up their roles they are given an extensive handover and training by CUSU and some training by NUS. You are not expected to have experience or skills in the role and you will be trained in relevant areas.
Do I have to be a good public speaker?
While there is lots of public speaking involved in all roles (through induction talks, campaigning, and in other ways), Cambridge SU will give you training on these skills.
I am an international student from the EEA, how will Brexit affect my ability to become a sabbatical officer?
European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals and their family members are in most cases permitted to work in the UK without restriction. However, Croatian nationals usually need a registration certificate before they can start work. Brexit has not imposed any restrictions on EEA and Swiss nationals to become sabbatical officer in the year 2020-2021. We will be updating this space as we get relevant information.
I am an international student on the Tier 4 visa, can I become sabbatical officer?
Yes, we encourage international students to become sabbatical officers. You are eligible to become a sabbatical officer under the Tier 4 visa if you take a break from your studies to undertake this position. You can also become a sabbatical officer as a new graduate in the academic year immediately following the completion of your studies at the University.
What is the visa type under which a sabbatical officer works?
You will be working under the Tier 4 visa. The university of Cambridge will be your Tier 4 sponsor. Your employer will be the Cambridge Student Union.
Can I study full time and become a sabbatical officer?
The sabbatical officer is a full--time employment. Therefore, you will be required to work for 40 hours a week for the Cambridge Student Union. Your Tier 4 visa will allow you to work 20 hours per week in addition to the 40 hours a week of full-time work. You are advised to disclose your 20 additional hours of engagement to the Cambridge Student Union prior to undertaking it.
I currently have a Tier 4 visa, do I need to apply for a new one to start working as a sabbatical officer?
You can start work as a sabbatical officer on your existing Tier 4 visa if it is valid. If your visa expires before the completion of your term as sabbatical officer, you will be required to apply for an extension to your Tier 4 visa.
Who will bear the cost of my visa application to work as a sabbatical officer?
The Cambridge Student Union will cover all the cost of your Tier 4 visa application include the NHS surcharge. Your visa application requires you to show requisite funds maintained in your bank account for 28 consecutive days. The Cambridge Student Union will arrange for this fund to be available to you should you require it.