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Officer Roles

Kate McIntosh

President

David Evans

PG Academic

Meg Haskins

Welfare Lib

Charlie Walker

Opportunities

Saul Cahill

UG Academic

Kate McIntosh, Current SU President

Thinking of running to be the next Durham SU President? Kate gives you her behind-the-scenes insights into the role. You can also find full details on the role below.

Describe your role in three words:

Power, responsibility, representation!

What’s your proudest moment so far as an Officer?

One of my proudest moments is starting a conversation at University Council about the scale of precarious student work and the University’s over-reliance on student volunteers to paper over the cracks (sometimes literally!). The next day a senior university person brought up the issue independently in a meeting and it was clear I had had an impact.

What has suprised you about your role?

How much it involves. As well as sitting on University Council, Senate and countless other boards and committees, I am the Vice-Chair of the SU Board, am involved in lots of meetings and groups in the local community, and that’s before I even start thinking about my priorities and campaigns.

What top tips would you give students considering running to be an Officer?

Write down all the things you want to change or campaign on, and decide what Officer role suits you based on that. Come and speak to Officers and staff. It’s really hard to imagine what day-to-day life as an Officer is like so it’s important to ask questions.

And finally, what inspirational quote do you work by?

'They'll tell you you're too loud, that you need to wait your turn and ask the right people for permission. Do it anyway.' - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

You can view more information for the President's role here.

You can download a job description for all officer roles here.

David Evans, Current PG Academic Officer

Thinking of running to be the next PG Academic Officer? David gives you his behind-the-scenes insights into the role. You can also find full details on the role below.

Describe your role in three words:

Advocacy, speaking-out, meetings.

What’s your proudest moment so far as an Officer?

Getting the University to provide all Postgraduate Research students with free printing, after pressing for it many times at Education Committee and successfully challenging the dubious maths put forward by sceptics of the proposal. To then follow that up by securing free inter-library loans for all postgraduate students was the icing on the cake!

What has surprised you about your role?

I wasn’t expecting there to be so many other postgraduate students’ union officers around the country who were all interested in working together. It turns out we all face quite similar issues at our respective universities and I’ve been able to work with them directly to improve the postgraduate experience on a national scale!

What top tips would you give students considering running to be an Officer?

Do it for the love, not the money. Make sure you’ve got support around you for the campaigning week – having done it pretty much alone I can tell you it takes a toll! Try and understand a bit about how the University operates and who does what in the University’s senior leadership – it’ll help you shape a realistic but ambitious manifesto, and you can start to understand which senior staff you’ll need to build relationships with to get things done.

And finally, what inspirational quote do you work by?

“It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.” – Terry Pratchett

You can view more information of the PG Academic role here.

You can download a job description for all officer roles here.

Amelia McLoughlan, Current Welfare and Liberation Officer

You can view more information for the Welfare and Liberation role here.

You can download a job description for all officer roles here.

Jess Dunning, Current Opportunities Officer

Thinking of running to be the next Opportunities Officer? Jess gives you her behind-the-scenes insights into the role. You can also find full details on the role below.

Describe your role in three words:

Different, fun, exciting.

What’s your proudest moment so far as an Officer?

Running two very successful campaigns during the first term: Real Living Wage and the 17 days of Sustainable Christmas.

What has surprised you about your role?

How incredibly diverse it is. No day is ever the same. No meeting is similar. Every day is incredible different and the scope of my role is massive.

What top tips would you give students considering running to be an Officer?

Make sure you speak to someone at the SU before running, so you know what the roles involve and what you need to do to get there.

Have some idea of what you would like to work on – ask an Officer if need be to see what they have been working on/will be working on so you can plan around that.

You don't need to have graduated to apply – you can take a year out!

And finally, what inspirational quote do you work by?

Jimmy Dean – "I can't change the direction of the wind but I can adjust my sails to reach my destination"

You can view more information for the Opportunities role here.

You can download a job description for all officer roles here.

Sam Johnson-Audini, Current UG Academic Officer

Thinking of running to be the next UG Academic Officer? Sam gives you their behind-the-scenes insights into the role. You can also find full details on the role below.

Describe your role in three words:

Learning, surprising, collaborative

What’s your proudest moment so far as an Officer?

Being asked to speak at the picket on last day of the UCU strike. It was an amazing opportunity to demonstrate how important it is that staff and students support each other. Generally I’m really proud of the work we did surrounding the strikes, mitigating the impact on students, organising a teach out and getting to sit down with the Durham UCU president to explain to students what was happening.

What has surprised you about your role?

How broad the opportunities for work are – I think there is a misconception that being an Academic Officer is quite dry, but that’s not been my experience at all! The work you do is as exciting as you make it – I’ve spoken at conferences on inclusive approaches to teaching, ran workshops with the People of Colour Association on decolonisation, and hosted an open assembly on what education means to Durham students!

What top tips would you give students considering running to be an Officer?

Write down what you want to see change in Durham and then decide what role to run for. I care a lot about liberation so initially considered running for Welfare and Liberation Officer, but then I realised that most of the liberation work I wanted to see done was about what and how we are taught!

And finally, what inspirational quote do you work by?

“Revolution is not a one-time event. It is becoming always vigilant for the smallest opportunity to make a genuine change in established, outgrown responses; for instance, it is learning to address each other's difference with respect.” – Audre Lorde

You can view more information for the UG Academic role here.

You can download a job description for all officer roles here.