Why I love my job

Past Officers tell us why they loved their jobs, and how holding the role of Officer has helped them in their careers. 


Paul McCormack 

Vice-President: Student Experience (2012-2014) 


Learning and personal development at University is not solely confined to the classroom. The people you meet, new things you try and extra skills you develop are just as important. Being VP: Student Experience allowed me to focus on just that -  helping students take ideas and turn them into something that benefits and enhances other students’ experiences. In the role you could end up giving people skills that lead them in a new direction or get someone out of their room and meeting new people while having fun. It’s a highly rewarding role.

Being an officer gave me the chance to fast track to a level that can traditionally take many years to get to. I had control of budgets, management responsibilities, creative oversight and had to react to problems. After becoming a student officer I moved into my first post-Brookes Union management role and am now enjoying my time in my second, still working in the education sector. The skills I developed, contacts I made and experience I had were vital to allowing me to be where I am today.

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Tom Smith

Vice President: Academic Experience (2012-2014)


It’s easy to downplay or misunderstand the VP (AE) role and I think sometimes that puts people off from running, but every single student at Oxford Brookes University experiences teaching and learning. Whether that experience is great or really, really bad people need someone to stand up for them. As the Vice President (Academic Experience) you need to be the person that people can rely on to make sure that they get the experience that they deserve (and have paid for!). Sometimes that even means being ready to disagree with senior staff at the university.The role of VP: Academic Experience is one that holds a ton of potential to make a difference. With the right person, students can be heard and huge changes will happen. It can really mean the difference between students getting their degree, or leaving Brookes altogether.

Being the Vice President provided me with opportunities that I could never have gained in any other graduate level role. You get to network locally, nationally and internationally with senior (and I’m talking the top) staff, MPs, CEOs as well as student officers at other unions, some of which are likely going on to high achieving roles. Whilst ‘networking’ may seem such a weird thing, it really does make a difference. I’ll never forget my time at Brookes Union, and the experience I gained I will utilise well into my life and career. The support and learning I gained from the staff was a huge help, and I still feel lucky to have worked for Brookes students.

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Matthew Hayes

 Vice President: Welfare and Equal Opportunities (2008 – 2010)


My personal high points were the campaigns I ran that focussed on student health - including exam stress, sexual health and cancer awareness - with the support of both students and the local community.

My role focussed on non-academic matters, but did not fall under the remit of entertainment or extra-curricular activities. Instead I supported departments of the University that students frequently interact with, such as halls of residence and catering services, to ensure a safe and happy environment for all students. My role was also to inform students of any current issues (e.g. swine flu was an issue at the time) and other changes from around the local area. I helped signpost students to resources that were available to them around the University and the local community.

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