The Sabbatical Team is led by the President, with each member chosen by students in the annual Elections. As well as the President, our three Vice Presidents each look after specific areas within the Students' Union, and are all full-time, paid employees. The students filling these roles are able to take a year out from their studies (or immediately after they graduate) to give their undivided attention to running your Union.
Your team of Elected Officers is completed by a number of voluntary Part-Time Officers, who help to ensure that the Students' Union reflects what you want from it.
Each Officer sets out what they want to achieve in their Election manifestos when running for their specific position and are mandated to work on these issues. However, they will also ensure that they listen to you, whether through social media, surveys or in person, and that your concerns and ideas for improvement are addressed throughout the year.
The Officers have regular meetings with decision-makers at all levels of the University, including the Vice Chancellor, and sit on some of the most important committees at the University that have a direct impact on your experience as a student.
The Students' Union is the authoritative voice of the student body and your Officers, as the Union's elected representatives, are speaking for you and every student at the University of Northampton – so make sure they know what is important to you by getting in touch and that they are held to account for the work they have promised to undertake.
You'll have likely seen the photos of our Sabbatical Officers before – they are everywhere! They work hard with our Part-Time Officers, Advocates, Sports and Society Committee members to represent the student body and ensure the best possible experience at Northampton.
Our Part-Time Officers undertake their roles alongside their studies and have specific remits, relating to the Students' Union's service provision or specific demographic/liberation groups (such as students who identify as LGBTQ, black and minority ethnic or postgraduate). These roles provide a fantastic opportunity for each Officer to create change in an area about which they are passionate and to gain some excellent employability skills.
Every month, your Exec Team meet to discuss their projects and priorities as your Elected Officers.
Think they should be doing something else or aren't fulfilling their role? Hold them to account through Councillors who sit on Student Council.