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Student Council Chair

Job Reference: UPSU22156

Remuneration: Voluntary

Term: Until July 2023

Closing Date: Midday, 30th September 2022

Interview Date: From 10th October 2022

The Student Council is the primary decision making body for all of UPSU's student ideas and democratic decisions. All student ideas which have passed through our ‘Have Your Say’ process will come before the Student Council for discussion and actioning. Student Council members will then provide guidance, advice, and support to these campaigns. This group was established in 2014 by The University of Portsmouth Students’ Union as part of the Democratic Review process, this group has undertaken changes along its journey but has shifted its focus and changing name from Union Actioning Body (UAB) to Student Council.

This group aims to represent all students at the University of Portsmouth in order to give students across the University a voice and opportunity to improve the student experience. This board is selected from their respective Faculties, student groups and Elected Officers and will draw on students interested in campaigns concerning defined aspects of the Student and Academic Experience.

The Position:

The Student Council Chair has the unique distinction of being the designated Leader of Student Council; the Chair leads the meetings, approves the agenda and sets the actions for various tasks for the members of the Council.

The successful candidate will be supported within their role by the Democracy and Campaigns Officer, who will serve as the deputy chair, and will be given the opportunity to receive training on effective chairing. The successful candidate must have the ability to remain objective and neutral at all times and be able to look at ideas from different perspectives. While neutral, the Chair may decide to champion and campaign on any issue.

What’s in it for you?

  • You’ll gain valuable skills in leadership and conflict management
  • You’ll develop your organisation and time management skills
  • You’ll gain campaigns experience
  • A chance to get more out of your university experience.
  • It will look great on your CV, job applications or to future employers

Further Information

To apply, please visit Please note, candidates must fill in an application form. CVs will not be accepted.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact our Student Focus Team at Further information about Portsmouth Students’ Union is available at

How to Apply

Completed application forms should be emailed before the closing date to:

Please quote the job title or reference number in the subject.


Please note

  • CVs will not be considered as applications
  • Due to the high number of applicants, if you have not heard from UPSU by the interview date you should assume you have been unsuccessful in your application
  • Applications must be received before the stated closing time/date
  • Applications may also be submitted by post, addressed to: Job Applications, University of Portsmouth Students' Union, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth PO1 2EF

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