Find out more about the roles!

Below you can find out more about the officer roles that are open for this year's KPA election! Read through them carefully and if you think you would be great for the role, then nominate yourself by emailing kpa.elections@keele.ac.uk with your full name, student number and position that you are running for.  

President

£18,410 p.a. 

This is a full-time, paid sabbatical position, with paid handover commencing on 1st June 2021. The Officer will take over formal responsibility for the role on 1st July 2021, with the role ending on 30th June 2022.

 

The President is the Chief Executive of the Association, the lead representative of postgraduates to the University and an ex-officio member of University Council.

 

The President is also a Trustee of the KPA and the Chair of the Board of Trustees. Each role comes with a specific set of responsibilities that the President is required to undertake. 

As Chief Executive, the President is the line manager to the two most senior staff at the KPA (KPA Co- Ordinator and Clubhouse and Entertainments Manager) as well as being responsible for directing the activities of the other officers.

 

They are responsible for the day to day activities of the association, except where those responsibilities are delegated to other members of staff.

 

As Chief Executive, the president is expected to report to the trustee board regularly on their work and is jointly responsible (with the Vice-President) for the implementation of policies and budgets as approved by the Board of Trustees. 

 

As a representative of postgraduates, the President is responsible for articulating the needs, thoughts and concerns of postgraduate students to the University through various channels. The most central of these is the University Council where the president acts as a governor of Keele University. In this role the President attends as a Governor (with specific expertise in students) rather than as CEO/Chair/President of the KPA. The President will also attend a number of other University committees and represent students through consultation events and written contributions. 

 

As Chair of the Board of Trustees, the President is responsible for ensuring the effective governance of the charity and scrutiny of its activities. Where these activities are the responsibility of the President in their role as CEO, the President will be accountable to the rest of the trustee board. 

 

If you would like more information, please email: kpa.elections@keele.ac.uk

Activities Officer

Voluntary Role, commencing on 1st July 2021 and ending on 30th June 2022. 

The Activities Officer is responsible for the planning and execution of events designed to help support and improve the experience of postgraduates.

 

They are responsible for drawing up events designed to provide a range of activities for postgraduate students from a wide range of backgrounds and should work closely with all the other Officers to ensure that this happens.

 

The Officer may be required to work with KeeleSU in order to ensure that the wide variety of backgrounds and tastes found among the postgraduate community are catered for.

 

The Activities Officer will also, from time to time, have the opportunity to attend and contribute to University committees and task and finish/working groups associated with events and activities across the University.

 

A budget will be dedicated to this role to assist the Officer in achieving their manifesto pledges. The amount will be agreed after the election process has concluded. The Activities Officer is NOT a trustee of the KPA. 

If you would like to know more about the role, please email: kpa.elections@keele.ac.uk

Equality & Diversity Officer

Voluntary Role, commencing on 1st July 2021 and ending on 30th June 2022.

The role of the Equality and Diversity Officer is to ensure all Association activities are accessible and represent the diverse population of Keele’s postgraduate community.

 

The Officer is expected to engage with the University’s Equality and Diversity strategies and help to promote equality throughout the University.

 

The Officer should run at least one campaign per year focusing around these themes. The Equality and Diversity Officer will also from time to time have the opportunity to attend and contribute to University committees and task and finish/working groups associated with the role.

 

A budget will be dedicated to this role to assist the Officer in achieving their manifesto pledges and to run the one campaign they are required to do. The amount of this budget will be agreed after the election process has concluded.

 

The Equality & Diversity Officer is NOT a trustee of the KPA. 

If you would like to know more about the role, contact: kpa.elections@keele.ac.uk

Vice President

£18,410 p.a. 

This is a full-time, paid sabbatical position, with paid handover commencing on 1st June 2021. The Officer will take over formal responsibility for the role on 1st July 2021, with the role ending on 30th June 2022. 

The Vice-President will support and assist the President of the Association in the day to day running of the KPA. This includes: directing officer activities, acting as a public spokesperson of the KPA and representing postgraduate students at all levels of the University.

 

The Vice-President role is largely similar to that of the President (with the exception of holding a voting seat at Council), this means that the Vice-President shall be jointly responsible (with the President) for the implementation of policies and budgets as approved by the Board of Trustees. However, as the Vice-President is not the CEO of the charity, it is expected that they will do much more work in representing students across the University.

 

The Vice-President will also act as the head of the Association when the President is unable to, for any given reason. The Vice-President also acts as Deputy Returning Officer during elections. The Vice-President is a Trustee of the KPA.

 

If you want to know more about the role, please email kpa.elections@keele.ac.uk

Association Secretary

£5,523 (0.3 FTE) p.a. 

This is a part-time, paid officer role, commencing on 1st July 2021 and ending on 30th June 2022. There is no paid handover period for this role. 

The Association Secretary has a number of responsibilities including, but not limited to: all matters regarding Association membership; the creation of agendas and keeping minutes for General meetings; sharing responsibility for chairing these meetings (with the Student Trustee); the running of all elections of the Association (acting as Chief Returning Officer) and representing postgraduate students at various levels within the University.

 

The Secretary also has a share in student-facing communication.

 

The Secretary is a Trustee of the KPA. 

 

As with other roles, as an Officer of the Association there are many opportunities and responsibilities associated with the role. This means that some of the responsibilities of the Association Secretary are open to negotiation, affording them the opportunity to campaign or in some way contribute to something that they wish, subject to approval from the President. 

 

If you want to know more about the role, please email: kpa.elections@keele.ac.uk

International Officer

Voluntary Role, commencing on 1st July 2021 and ending on 30th June 2021. 

The International Officer’s role is to ensure that all the Association’s activities take in to account and represent international students as a priority.

 

The Officer will actively engage with the University’s internationalisation strategies, helping to direct the strategy to ensure that postgraduate International students are fairly represented, that their needs are catered for and that they find the postgraduate community is accessible to them.

 

They should work to promote cultural understanding within the community and help international students with the transition to life at Keele, particularly during arrival periods. The International Officer is expected to run at least one campaign focused around internationalism and cultural understanding over the course of the year.

 

The International Officer will also from time to time have the opportunity to attend and contribute to University committees and working groups associated with the role.

 

A budget will be dedicated to this role to assist the Officer in achieving their manifesto pledges and to run the one campaign they are required to do. The amount of this budget will be agreed after the election process has concluded.

 

The International Officer is NOT a trustee of the KPA. 

If you would like to know more about the role, contact: kpa.elections@keele.ac.uk

Student Trustee

Voluntary Role, commencing on 1st July 2021 and ending on 30th June 2022. 

The student trustee is an elected student member of the KPA Trustee Board. Their responsibilities include ensuring that the Association is acting in the best interests of its members.

 

The Student Trustee is responsible for ensuring good governance and the financial stability of the organisation, as well as contributing towards the overall strategy.

 

The trustees hold senior staff to account and set the staffing and financial policies of the union.

 

They are also responsible for Chairing KPA General Meetings, alongside the Association Secretary.