The Student Association President is a full-time member of staff who is elected to serve a term of office of one year, and is eligible to stand for two terms.
The main role of the SAP is to represent the Student Association and the interests of the student body to the University. It is key, therefore, that the SAP has a close working relationship with elected student representatives/officers at each campus, particularly the Vice-Presidents and colleagues across the University. The SAP holds regular face to face meeting with the Vice-Chancellor to allow feedback to be represented at the highest level.
The SAP sits on many committees and working groups, with a particular focus on the student voice and having due regard for any motions passed by the Student Parliament.
The SAP leads in supporting Welcome Heroes particularly when their term of office starts and ends. These Officers sit outside the representative structure during their short term of office, however their role is vital in ensuring visibility for the SA and enthusing support for new and returning students.
The SAP, in conjunction with the Executive Team, leads on representing the student voice at University level.
The SAP leads on the SA’s externality, including interactions, where appropriate, with external organisations particularly the GuildHE Students’ Union Network and the National Union of Students (NUS). When engaged in this role the SAP ensures the profile of the Student Association and that of The University is raised and to adopt best practice for the benefit of the students.