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Elections

THINKING OF RUNNING in the MTU Cork SU ELECTIONS? Nominations open 9th Feb 2021

As a Students' Union Officer, you will have the chance to represent your peers and bring about the changes you'd like to see.  Training and self-development opportunities are provided so you can develop your leadership skills and gain the type of experience that organisations look for when recruiting employees.

You, as a Union Officer will take on the responsibility of representing students, ensuring they get the best deal from their college life. Whether you represent their academic or welfare needs, it is your opportunity to make a difference.  The Union defends the rights of students on all fronts, as well as representing student views to college management and political figures. The Officers support a number of Union led projects and events including Welfare Campaigns, Freshers Week, RAG Week, First Year Registrations and National Campaigns.

The elections take place on Thursday 11th March 2021 and nominations will close on Friday 5th March 2021 at 5pm. The Union Executive is elected by the members of the Union and is made of up of three Sabbatical Officers (President, Vice President Welfare and Vice President Education) and three Non-Sabbatical Officers (Projects Officer, Communications Officer and Entertainments Officer). The Executive is responsible for the initiation of policy of the Union subject to Union Council, General Meeting and Referendum.

Could YOU be the next MTU Cork SU President?

The President of the Students’ Union oversees all workings of the Union. The President is a member of many of the University’s boards including the Governing Body and its subcommittees. The main areas of concern for the President will be representation, organisation, finance, supervision and guidance of policy. The President is the main spokesperson of the students of CIT. This person communicates with local media, political figures and businesses where appropriate. The President is also the Union of Students In Ireland National Council Representative.

Could YOU Be The Next MTU Cork SU Vice President Education?

The role of the Vice President Education is very broad and includes everything relating to academia;

✔ building positive relationships and partnerships between Institute staff and students,

✔ enhancing  student engagement to develop and improve quality in education,

✔ managing issues around course delivery, timetabling and exams,

✔ managing Union Council and General Meetings.

The Vice President Education meets with students on a daily basis to assist them with their educational issues. Some projects include national education campaigns and Class Rep recruitment, training and organisation. The Vice President Education is a member of many University boards including Academic Council, the Appeals Committee and the Student Disciplinary Committee.

Could YOU Be The Next MTU Cork SU Vice President Welfare?

The Vice President Welfare delivers an educational and awareness programme throughout the year to help students to manage personal issues including sexual health, mental health, accommodation, finance, safety, bullying and addictions. The programme features campaigns such as S.H.A.G. (Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance) Week, Positive Mind & Body Week, Exam DeStress Campaigns, Equality Campaigns and Safety Week. These campaigns address different issues which may affect students in an attention-grabbing, fun and effective way.  Along with this, the Vice President Welfare sits on many University committees which include the Student Assistance Fund, Athena Swan and the Safety Committee. 

Could YOU Be the Next MTU Cork SU Communications Officer?

The Communication officer aids in the development of the Union’s information and communication policy. This Officer must be familiar with all the communication policies and all the communication media available to the union and ensure they are used to their full potential. The Communication Officer keeps the membership of the Union informed through the provision of a regular Union publication in conjunction with the Sabbatical Officers and Union Staff.

Could YOU Be the Next MTU Cork SU Entertainments Officer?

The Entertainments Officer is responsible for the provision of entertainments and other forms of social and cultural activity for the members of the Union in conjunction with the Sabbatical Officers and Union Staff.

Could YOU Be the Next MTU Cork SU Projects Officer? The Projects Officer is charged with a number of one-off projects each year. These projects can be big or small, with the intention of freeing up time and resources for the other SU Officers. Also, the Projects Officer is often the Officer “on call” should the other officers need help. A vital resource to the working of the Union, and can be described as “The oil in the SU engine”. 

 

What qualities are needed to be MTU Cork SU Officer?

✔ Focused/Dedicated: The Officers’ roles are extremely broad and they need to set out a strategy for the year with realistic and achievable goals.  Project management skills are vital. The summer is a great time to learn what they need to know as well as prepare for the year ahead.

✔ Commitment: It is essential that Officers are committed and understand what is involved with the role.  Sabbatical roles are full time and paid while non-sabbatical roles undertaken in tandem with studies and are voluntary in nature.  Consideration must be given to how much time can be allocated to the role and potential candidates should assess other commitments such as course requirements and part time jobs before opting to run for election.

✔ Responsible: The Officers of the Union must oversee many activities so having a responsible attitude is vital. They must keep themselves informed of issues, while being responsible for the students’ views is imperative. They will also need to sit on boards that deal with sensitive issues

✔ Innovative/Creative: New ideas for events, campaigns and promotion will truly benefit the Union as a whole.

✔ Diplomatic: Good interpersonal skills are necessary to accomplish tasks and Officers need to be able to manage relationships with staff, students, management and others in a tactful way.  Often developing good relationships and gaining mutual respect is the key to affecting change and improvement.

✔ Confident/Assertive/Influential: The Officers must often stand their ground when it comes to all sorts of initiatives, be it stand firm against Institute management, press or political figures. They will also need to become comfortable speaking in public and be able to influence the opinion of others.  

✔ Self-Aware: Officers should understand their strengths and weaknesses and by doing so create an opportunity to grow as individuals and as effective Union leaders. It is important to put the needs of the students and the Union as a whole ahead of the needs of the individual Officer.

✔ Realistic: The Officers must be able to assess the feasibility of projects, ideas or campaigns in terms of legal, financial and resource limitations. When dealing with students’ needs, an un-biased approach has to be brought to every specific case. Officers must check all the facts and hear everyone out before passing judgment. This will avoid leaping to conclusions based on incomplete evidence. Bringing every case to a fight will weaken credibility when a genuine case emerges.

✔ Caring/Approachable: Officers should be approachable, friendly, non-judgemental and welcoming to students. They also need to be able to keep their work with students confidential within reason. They must possess the ability to listen sensitively to people’s problems and be able to deal with them in a sympathetic, mature and non-judgmental way.

What’s in it for you?

✔ Develop your management, communication, organisational, negotiation and leadership skills.

✔ Differentiate yourself from others on the jobs market

✔ Expand your work experience profile

✔ Join an energised team

What are the terms of employment?

For Sabbatical Officers including the President, Vice President Welfare and Vice President Education, it is a full time paid position, commencing on the 1st June and ending 31st May. Sabbatical Officers work 39 hours per week, usually Monday to Friday but flexibility is necessary as many activities take place in the evening and occasionally at weekends.  Familiarity with the Union’s Constitution is essential and Schedule C refers to the rights and obligations of full time Officers as employees.

For Non-Sabbatical Officers, including the Projects Officer, Entertainments Officer and Communications Officer, the jobs are voluntary and hours of work will be based around the class time/free time of the non-sabbatical Officers. It is advisable to speak to the current Officers to find out more and they can be contacted through the Students’ Union.

This year the election process will take place entirely online and details will be made available to all Union members via email (mycit.ie accounts). Should you require information relating to the election process and rules, please contact Vicky O’Sullivan, Assistant Returning Officer by email at vicky.osullivan@cit.ie 

You could be the next member of the MTU CORK SU Executive!

 

 

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