Activities and Employability

The VP Activities and Employability represents students in matters relating to active involvement with the Students’ Union and its societies, events, volunteering and other student-led activities.

Being a Sabbatical officer

All sabbatical officers are employed from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 (you may be asked to start slightly earlier than this in order to have a handover period with the current officer team). Sabbatical officers are expected to work an average of 37 hours per week. You will be expected to work on arrivals weekend and participate in several University Open Days and Applicant Days throughout the year, which will happen occasionally on Saturdays. There will be occasional events throughout the year which require working in the evenings, and events which will require an overnight stay.

All sabbatical positions are paid roles (£20,130 per annum) and a student typically takes this either as a break from their studies or at the end of their course.

Overall purpose of post

  • To represent the interests of students within the University and the wider community, with particular emphasis on student societies
  • To work with the officer team to provide political leadership for the Students’ Union.
  • To support the development of student societies covering a range of interests and activities

Main Duties

  • To be a Trustee of the Union
  • To ensure the implementation of all Union policies
  • Promote student representation and participation in the Union and University
  • Promote student activities and development
  • To organise relevant events and campaigns
  • To oversee and support the social activities group
  • To sit on University committees as a student representative
  • Deputise for the President in their absence.
  • Be responsible for providing support for all societies affiliated to the Union
  • Oversee the strategic development of all services relating to student societies affiliated to the Union
  • To support society officers in the leadership and management of their societies
  • To be responsible for overseeing society budgets, and have the authority to freeze individual budgets in accordance with the Union’s procedures
  • To communicate the work of the Union to all students

Working hours

  • An average of 37 hours a week
  • Working over the weekend on arrivals weekend, open days and applicant days
  • Occasional weekend and evening work and overnight trips

Working Relationships

  • The other officers and trustees
  • The venue managers
  • The societies staff team at the Union
  • The president of each society
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