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MSU Elections 2018/19

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WHAT POSITION WOULD SUIT YOU?

During the Elections that take place on Tuesday 13th March students will elect for 3 different types of position:
Full-Time Officers: There are 4 Full-Time Officer positions available. These are full-time paid positions so they would suit a student who is either in their final year at Maynooth or willing to take a year out to fulfil the role.
Part-Time Officers: There are 6 Part-Time positions available. These are voluntary positions and would suit a returning student who wishes to be actively involved with the Union.
Senator Positions: There are many Senator positions available, some of them with a particular focus. These are voluntary positions and would suit a returning student who wishes to be actively involved in overseeing the work of the Union and developing policy.

How to apply: You must pick up a Nomination Form (either from the SU Info Centre or download below), fill in the Form carefully as directed and return it to the SU Info Centre before the Closing Date for Nominations
Closing Date for Nominations: 12pm (Midday) Friday 23rd February.


Full-Time Officer Positions

Every year, 4 students are elected to work full-time to improve the lives of students at Maynooth University. They are the voice of Maynooth students, and as part of the MSU Executive play a key role in shaping education, engagement, student welfare and services at the University, and lead MSU as an organisation to make sure it is doing everything it can for its members.

Don’t worry if that sounds like a big step up - you’ll get plenty of support along the way! Maynooth Students’ Union has a staff team with professional skills in everything from commercial activity to research and events planning. Most importantly, they are experts in helping students like you to learn and develop so you can be as effective as possible in your role.

The roles are full-time and paid and you must either be about to finish your study at Maynooth or willing to take a year out to hold one of these positions.

Why should I run?

Make a lasting difference to student life - This is the big one: no matter how good your time at Maynooth might have been, we imagine there are things you wish were different or aspects you think could be improved. As an Officer you can help make that change happen - officers sit at all levels within MU and ensure the student voice is strong. If you want to keep making change, you’ll leave with the skills and experience to do it effectively for the rest of your life. If you don’t, you’ll leave Maynooth knowing you helped make things better for the students coming after you. It’s a win either way!

Get to know the University like you never have before - Officers are a vital part of University decision-making, sitting on committees at every level and working with senior staff from every Faculty and Service. You’ll gain understanding of how things can change and improve at a University, and be able to go straight to decision-makers to make that change happen.

Be part of a vibrant community - With 3 other full-time officers, 6 part-time officers, 12+ staff  and 100s of student leaders and volunteers, you’ll get to know some pretty amazing people. Time and again officers look back at MSU as one of the most social, inclusive and energising places they’ve worked in.

Think of it as the most unique grad scheme out there - Where else could you step straight into the top leadership role of such a large organisation? We’ll invest time and money developing you as a leader, and help you build skills in your areas of focus - welfare, education, policy, research, events and much more. Previous Officers have used their experience to do some pretty amazing things and we’re excited to see where you will be in 5 years time!

FULL-TIME OFFICER ROLES

SU President: is the official spokesperson for the SU and represents students in terms of how they interact with the SU through democracy, communications and services, and leads on finance issues, administration and delivering the SU’s annual plan of work.

SU Vice President (Education): represents students on all aspects of academic and educational support matters and ensures that all students’ voices are represented on academic issues within the SU and University.

SU Vice President (Welfare & Equality): represents students on accommodation, finance, equality and wellbeing issues, and ensures that all students’ voices are represented on welfare issues within the SU and University.

SU Vice President (Clubs, Societies & Student Engagement): represents Clubs & Societies at all levels with the SU and University, and leads on support for clubs, societies, volunteering and community engagement.

Application Form: Available from the MSU Info Centre (Front Desk) in the SU Building.
Cover Note: MSU_Executive_Elections_-_Cover_Note_-_S2.pdf
Nomination Form: MSU_Executive_Elections_-_NOMINATION_FORM_-_S2.pdf


Part-Time Officer Positions

Every year, 6 students are elected to work part-time to improve the lives of students at Maynooth University. Together with the 4 Full-Time officers they form the MSU Executive and play a key role in shaping education, engagement, student welfare and services at the University, and lead MSU as an organisation to make sure it is doing everything it can for its members.

The roles are part-time and voluntary and you must be a current MU student to hold one of these positions. But don’t worry- supports will be put in place to ensure you are able to effectively deliver as part of the MSU Executive team.

WHY SHOULD I RUN?

Keep the SU  heading in the right direction - Maynooth Students’ Union exists for its members - that’s students like you! - and it is important that it develops and grows to keep supporting the student body. Your insight into the student experience at Maynooth will help ensure that decisions the Executive makes are in the best interests of our members.

Use your skills to give back to the student community - Whether it's something you’ve picked up through your studies, extracurriculars, or working life, we know that Maynooth students have some amazing expertise to share. Your insights could be invaluable and help us succeed in our mission of delivering the best student life.

PART-TIME OFFICER ROLES

Arts Celtic Studies and Philosophy Faculty Convenor: chair of their Faculty Council and liaison with the Executive on matters relating to students of their Faculty.

Social Sciences Faculty Convenor: chair of their Faculty Council and liaison with the Executive on matters relating to students of their Faculty.

Science and Engineering Faculty Convenor: chair of their Faculty Council and liaison with the Executive on matters relating to students of their Faculty.

Oifigeach na Gaeilge agus Gnóthaí Cultúrtha: promote the use of Irish language within the SU and represent the interests of relevant international, linguistic and cultural groups to the Executive.

Events & Promotions Officer: assist in the creation of an annual events calendar and liaise with the Executive on matters relating to the advertisement and promotion of Union activities and entertainments.

Postgraduate Representative: facilitate at least 2 meetings of postgraduate students and liaison with the Executive on matters relating to postgraduate students.  
 The Postgraduate Representative will be elected in the new Academic year.

Application Form: Available from the MSU Info Centre (Front Desk) in the SU Building. 
Cover Note: MSU_Executive_Elections_-_Cover_Note_-_S2.pdf
Nomination Form: MSU_Executive_Elections_-_NOMINATION_FORM_-_S2.pdf


SENATOR POSITIONS

Every year, 18 students are elected into MSU Senator positions. Together with the 4 Full-Time and 6 Part-Time Officers officers they form the MSU Senate and play a key role in representing the needs and views of students, overseeing the work of the Union and informing MSU policy. In order to ensure the diverse student population is represented on Senate some of the roles have a particular focus. For example, the St. Patricks' Senator is elected by SPCM students only, the Green Campus Senator would have an interest in green issues etc. The roles are voluntary, with Student Senate sitting a minimum of 3 evenings each Semester. You must be a current MU student to hold one of these positions. There will be full training in how to be an effective Senator, so if you have never been involved in student democracy- this is an ideal place to start!

WHY SHOULD I RUN?

Keep the SU  heading in the right direction - Maynooth Students’ Union exists for its members - that’s students like you! - and it is important that it develops and grows to keep supporting the student body. Your insight into the student experience at Maynooth will help ensure that decisions Senate makes are in the best interests of our members.

Be part of the big conversations - Senators look beyond the experiences on individual courses. From overseeing the work of the Union, to setting policy that enhances the experience of Maynooth students, you’ll often be working on the big picture and helping to make some really big changes to the student experience.

SENATE POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Mature Senator
St. Patricks College Senator
Froebel Senator
Erasmus+ Senator
Study Abroad Senator
Charity Senator
Community Senator
Campus Life Senator
Green Campus Senator
Gender Equality Senator
LGBT+ Senator
HEAR Senator
DARE Senator
Independent Senator (x4)
* The First Year Senator will be elected in the new Academic year.

Application Form: Available from the MSU Info Centre (Front Desk) in the SU Building. 
Cover Note: MSU_Student_Senate_Elections_-_Cover_Note_-_S2.pdf
Nomination Form: MSU_Student_Senate_Elections_-_NOMINATION_FORM_-_S2.pdf

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