Middlesex Students' Union is led by student reps who are elected into their roles by their fellow students. Elections take place throughout the year to elect student leaders for various part-time and full-time positions. See below to learn more about what different student leaders do and how they represent you. 

Each year in March, you elect your Student Officer team who work full-time and are paid to make sure you are supported in all aspects of student life, whether it be academic, social or extra-curricular. Make sure you have your say on who leads your Students' Union by going to mdxsu.com/elections and voting for your preferred candidates in the elections. 

Student Officers

The Student Officer team is made up of the President and three Vice Presidents (one for each academic faculty). They are full time, paid positions so you can either take a year out of your study if you are successful, or can run in your third year to take up the post for the year following graduation. The Student Officers are responsible for leading the political and campaigning direction of the students’ union and representing students at university meetings.

As President you would Chair Union Council and the Trustee Board as well as representing students on the University’s Board of Governors (the highest decision-making body in the university). You can find the job description for this role here.

Vice President (one role per Faculty)
As Vice President for your Faculty you would meet regularly with Faculty Leads and ensure that students studying within your Faculty are receiving the best experience possible whilst studying at Middlesex, having the opportunity to challenge when things don’t always go to plan. There are three Vice President roles available, one for each University faculty:
  • Vice President Arts & Creative Industries
  • Vice President Professional & Social Sciences
  • Vice President Science & Technology

You can find the job description for these roles here.

Do I need to have any experience for the role?
No prior experience is necessary, we recommend that you are:

  • Passionate about student issues and making change
  • Approachable and willing to learn
  • Comfortable talking to students
  • Flexible and happy to work in a dynamic environment

If successful in your election, you will be supported by MDXSU staff and your fellow officers to develop a variety of skills and you'll also have the opportunity to attend external conferences and training. When you start in the role you'll have an induction which will introduce you to the organisation and the role in more detail.

Being a Student Officer is a fantastic way to kick-start your career as you will have input into the strategic leadership of the organisation on the trustee Board, learn life and business skills in a real life setting and lead an award winning organisation with 18,000 students to consistently improve the student experience. There are so many areas of work you can get experience of such as campaigning and representation, developing and delivering training for others, working with volunteers, organising events and much more, so this role could help you get to your dream job after university feeling more confident and work ready.

Student Trustee

The Students’ Union is a registered charity which means that by law we are governed by a Trustee Board. This is the highest decision-making body at the Students’ Union and ensures the legal, financial and governance stability of the organisation. The Board is made up of the Student Officers, some external trustees who bring expertise in business, finances or any area the board feel they need skills and knowledge, and four student trustees.

There are two Student Trustee roles available so if you like the idea of making high-level decisions for an award winning organisation with 18,000 members, or you want to use existing knowledge or gain new skills in business and strategy in a real-life environment, this role is perfect for you. As a trustee you would attend up to two meetings per term and will receive a training day ahead of your first meeting to make sure you feel prepared.

If elected your appointment as a trustee will be confirmed after you’ve been subject to a Charity Commission clearance check. This is a part time voluntary role you can undertake alongside your studies.

Student Group Leaders

Student Group Leaders are students who are responsible for leading their society, liberation group, or student media platform. Most of our student groups are led by at least three Student Group Leaders who form a committee. As a Student Group Leader you’ll be responsible for:

  • Attending training to help you in your role
  • Acting as the liaison between your group and MDXSU
  • Planning inclusive activity
  • Organising finances for the group
  • Promoting the group and engaging students

As a Student Group Leader you will gain and develop new transferable skills, meet new people and become a role model and representative for your student group! To apply to be a Student Group Leader you’ll need to:

  • Be a member of the student group you wish to lead via the MDXSU website
  • Be an enrolled Middlesex University student for the 2020/21 academic year

If successful in your election, you will need to complete a handover with the old Student Group Committee and MDXSU in April/May 2020. Once the handover is complete, you’ll be ready to start in your role.

These are a part time, voluntary roles which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Union Council - Department & Communities Reps

Nominations for Union Council Reps will open in September. If you are interested in applying, register your interest and we'll be in touch closer to the time!

Union Council is the highest student led body of MDXSU which is responsible for hearing and questioning our Student Officers, providing direction and leading on our campaigns, and deciding the Union’s policy and stance on a range of issues. It meets 3 times a year and includes debates and discussions on a variety of topics.

It’s made up of the Student Officers, 18 Department Reps, 7 Communities Reps, Liberation Leaders and elected Student Group Leaders. The Department Rep and Community Reps positions will be open in this election.

Department Reps
There are 18 department reps in total, one for each department across the three Faculties.

The main focus of their role will be to represent students in their department on Union Council - shaping MDXSU’s campaigns, policy and decision making. They’ll work closely with Student Voice Leaders and the Student Officers and may also work within their department to ensure students’ views are also represented there.

Communities Reps
There are 7 Communities Reps in total; one for each community. These are: International, Mature, Commuter, Student Parent & Carer, Erasmus & Exchange, Postgraduate and Healthcare. In this election we will not be electing an Erasmus & Exchange Rep, but will be electing this role later on in the academic year.

The main focus of this role will be to represent students from each community on Union Council - shaping MDXSU’s campaigns, policy and decision making.

These are a part time, voluntary roles which you can undertake alongside your studies. You will gain and develop new transferable skills, meet new people and become a role model and representative for other students!