So that’s President (a sabbatical position), Vice President, Chair, Welfare Officer, Outreach Officer, Events Officer, Services Manager, SU Officer, Treasurer, Senior Frep, Communications Officer, and Sports and Societies Officer.
VMA Rep, International Student’s Officer and Vice Chair.
The Exec Committee is in charge of the day-to-day running of the JCR. With positions specialised in all areas of college life, they make decisions on behalf of the JCR, representing the views of (hopefully) the JCR as a whole.
These job description depends on the role with JCR Officers, but they are generally similar to Exec but with a less central operational influence and more specific job-related work. While you may not get the same extent of operational experience from these roles, they are equally as rewarding as those on the Exec. You’ll be able to have a positive impact on the JCR while meeting new people and dealing with things you may never have come across before. It’s great fun and an amazing option if you perhaps don’t have enough time to commit to Exec but are still keen on improving the JCR.
Being a member of Exec is a big commitment to the college, but it’s extremely rewarding and enjoyable! Being a part of such an involved committee will give you amazing experience in a wide variety of areas, and in the running of an organisation (the JCR). It’s also an amazing way to meet new people and experience incredible new things that could really make your time at university!
As with Exec, before running for anything, you need to know about the position you’re going for and have a strong interest in helping the JCR through this position. You don’t need any JCR experience though! It’s useful to talk to the previous holder of the role if you’re thinking of applying to get a true feel for what it entails.
You then need to submit an A5 policy page to the Chair by the close of nominations. This must include the names (only) of a proposer and seconder, and be no longer than 300 words, outlining why you want to be elected and what you will do in the role. These pages will be displayed by the Chair in the JCR and on the Plasma Screens.
For these positions you are not allowed to canvass, but in the next JCR meeting following the close of nominations, you’ll then have to give a two-minute speech about you and your policies, followed by questions from the floor, as a form of a husting.
A few days after, the vote will open! You’ll submit a 50 word ‘plea’ to the Chair, and the result will be announced the next day.
This varies drastically on the role you take up. Each member is expected to attend a meeting every week, and every JCR meeting (3 per term). There are often random jobs around college that need doing that don’t necessarily suggest themselves to one position, and while these will add to the time commitment they are very helpful to the JCR and the college. Of course, this is beside any role-specific work you may need to do.
Before running for anything, you need to know about the position you’re going for and have a strong interest in helping the JCR through this position. You don’t need any JCR experience though! It’s useful to talk to the previous holder of the role if you’re thinking of applying to get a true feel for what it entails. For President and Welfare Officer, you must also meet with College Officers at least 4 days before the close of nominations.
You’ll then need to produce a manifesto (A4 page for all except President, which is one A4 manifesto and one A4 policy sheet). These must contain a proposer and a seconder (who have not been on exec before) as well as a brief description of you, your policies, and why people should vote for you. If in doubt, ask the Chair to see if they have any past manifestos as an example!
You then submit your manifesto to the Chair while nominations are open. Once they are closed, you can start to put up your manifestos in toilets around college. You then canvas the JCR by visiting everyone’s rooms within college to spread the news of your campaign and explain you policies in person. You’ll also be invited to canvas the Exec Committee. During this period, you will attend a JCR meeting where you’ll take part in a husting for your position. This contains a speech from your proposer, a speech by you, and a song (optional) or a video for the President, plus a small debate.
A few days after the husting, canvassing will end and the online vote will take place. The results will be announced on the JCR stairs, and the winner will take part in a Kazu!