Independent Chair

This is a part time role for someone interested in promoting balanced and productive discussion in group meetings.

Main Duties

The Chair of Council is an important role within Brookes Union, ensuring that Union Council is an effective and representative body which speaks for Brookes students on the pressing matters of the day. The Chair of Council independently and impartially chairs any meeting of Union Council as well as Annual General Meetings, seeking to ensure that attendees can understand the proceedings, hold other elected officials to account and engage in Union democracy.

From this role, you will gain valuable experience in chairing large meetings, gain a good understanding of student issues, build relationships with a range of stakeholders, boost the voice of students and strengthen democracy in the Union, and gain experience of working in a team and working collaboratively. You will gain a wealth of knowledge about democratic procedures and representation, as well as plenty of experience working within a member-led organisation.

Read the full elections handbook

How to nominate yourself

  • You will need to create an account for the Brookes Union website, if you don't already have one. You can use your regular Oxford Brookes login
  • Once you have an account, follow this link to your nominations page: (You may need to accept the terms and conditions on the account first)
  • Next, select the position you want to apply for, upload an image and manifesto text. (For tips on writing your manifesto, there's a section in the candidate pack.)

If you have any issues with this process, or have any other questions about applying, please email