Volunteer Officers

What are Volunteer Officers?

Volunteer Officers are students who have been elected by fellow students across the university to feedback the views of those they represent to the Union, University and the wider community both regionally and nationally.

Each Volunteer Officer has a specific responsibility, with some representing specific groups of students. Therefore, only students who define into these groups can stand for the position. For example, only students who self-define as a woman can stand or vote for Women’s Officer.

Who are the current Volunteer Officers?

Welcome to the new Volunteer Officer team for 2019/20!  


Union Chairperson Ellen Hjort
Welsh Language Officer Rhydian Jones
Environment and Sustainability Officer Charlotte Cooper
LGBTQ+ Officer Lyra Hawkins
Women's Officer Sophie Grave
Disabled Students Officer Aaron Daniels
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Students Officer Anil Campbell
International Students Officer Yuyao Wang
Mature Students Officer Richard Hodgetts


The roles of Independent Students Officer and Postgraduate Students Officer are currently vacant. 

If you would like to get in touch with an officer, please contact the Student Voice Coordinator, Chris.

Why should I become a Volunteer Officer?

We believe that the student voice matters and work to ensure students views, needs and concerns shape your University, Students’ Union and Community both regionally and nationally. By becoming a Volunteer Officer, you will have been elected by fellow students and therefore who better to represent their views?

You’ll develop new and existing skills, enhance your employability and join a network of like-minded students involved with the Students’ Union.

As well as receiving a certificate and having the role recognised on your HEAR transcript upon completion; you will have the chance to be nominated for an award at our End of Year Awards.

How can I become a Volunteer Officer?

Elections take place in February and March each year for the forthcoming academic year; these are held alongside the elections for our Institute Reps and Full-time Officers.

Where positions are unelected, a by-election will be held early in the new academic year (usually October or November) to fill vacant positions. If you would like more information or are interesting in standing email crp12@aber.ac.uk.

What training and support is provided?

All Volunteer Officers are invited to attend training before the start of term one in September. Those unable to attend or elected at a later date will be invited to attend an alternative session.

As well as training, you’ll receive dedicated support from the Student Voice Coordinator, meeting monthly during term-time to discuss feedback, listen to any concerns and provide ongoing support should you need it.

Similar to Academic and Institute Reps, you may also have the opportunity to attend regional and national conference to meet reps and officers from other institutions.