Here you'll find the latest updates on the 2021 Sabbatical Race including sabbatical roles, how to run and any info you'll need for the race!
Sabbatical elections for the 2021/22 academic year run from March 1st and end on March 11th, during the last 3 days of the campaign period, voting will take place. Due to ongoing restrictions, we will be running all voting via our online election system.
You can register to vote in these elections here: https://forms.gle/eg7EAW7n1MXwbxWe6
1. The Education officer is the Union’s Chief Academic Officer and Deputy President. The primary representative for the academic interest of the members of the Union and maintains and improves academic support services and educational standards in College.
2. Completes ‘casework’ and offers academic related support and advice for any students who need it. This includes assistance with course transfers, any difficulty with your course, exam failure or applications for extensions, deferrals, appeals etc. The Education officer must hold 2 hours office hours a week available to all students.
3. Manages the Class Rep structure, Chair of the Education Committee and Secretary to and a non-voting member of the Electoral Commission.
4. Representative for the national Academic Affairs working group with the Union of Students Ireland.
5. Represents all members of the Union on College committees including but not limited to: College Board, University Council, a variety of Sub-Committees and advisory groups, and a variety of relevant external bodies.
My role is a supporting role. A large part of my role involves casework. Be it issues with accommodation, financial hardship, mental health difficulties, stress management, the Welfare and Equality Officer is here to help.
My role is also an advocacy one. The Welfare and Equality Officer is responsible for platforming the student voice on a host of College committees. I spend 15 hours on average in meetings each week.
My role also involves raising awareness and campaigning to promote important student issues. There is lots of flexibility here, this role allows you to be adaptive and reactive to the social climate of the time.
This role is also a leading one. The Welfare and Equality Officer chairs the Welfare and Equality Committee (WEC), a group of dedicated individuals elected to represent specific cohorts of students to ensure the optimal wellbeing of the student community.
This role is an opportunity to upskill. Although therapeutic training was part of my social work degree, don’t worry, it is not a prerequisite for this role! Throughout the year you will have the opportunity to engage in lots of training.