Officer Roles


We're electing the following positions in our 2022 Sabbatical Officer Elections. 

  • Student President 
  • Vice President for Activities
  • Vice President for Communities
  • Vice President for Education
  • Vice President for Welfare

These are full-time paid representative roles. The term of office is one year and you can serve a second term if re-elected.  

To find out more about the specific responsibilities please see below. If you have any questions about any of the roles, you can email

Student President

  1. To be the main student representative for University of Aberdeen students.
  2. To lead on input to University strategic initiatives and be the student leader on corporate governance meetings including representing students at University Court and University Senate.
  3. To be the Chair of the Trustee Board.
  4. To be the ex-officio student representative on the Rocking Horse Nursery.
  5. Coordinate the development and delivery of Sabbatical Officer team objectives.
  6. To liaise with the senior management of AUSA to ensure effective planning of AUSA services and activities.
  7. To oversee the implementation and upholding of AUSA’s Policy in accordance with the Constitution and promote and oversee the democratic structures of AUSA in accordance with the relevant Byelaws.
  8. To support the Foresterhill Committee and the Qatar Campus Committee.
  9. Oversee AUSA activities within the National Union of Students, serving as an Ex- Officio delegate to the Annual Conference(s) of the NUS.
  10. To coordinate measures to encourage a student community which respects the diversity of its membership, in accordance with the Constitution.
  11. To support student volunteering, employability and skills development.
  12. To liaise with relevant personnel in regard to marketing of the Student Association, reputation and risk management and ensure effective communication between AUSA and its membership.

Vice President for Education

  1. To be the main representative on academic issues within the University, locally and nationally.
  2. To lead the work on issues of national higher education policy in consultation with the other officers and students through regular open forums.
  3. Coordinate and implement relevant campaigns on academic issues.
  4. To coordinate Class Representatives and School Conveners/Reps.
  5. Support students on academic issues that have wider policy implications, in consultation with the AUSA Advice and the Representative Services Department.
  6. To Chair and support the Education Committees.
  7. To support the Postgraduate Forum.
  8. To represent students at University Senate.
  9. To support the Academic and Discipline specific societies where appropriate.

Vice President for Activities

  1. To be the main representative on AUSA Activities, such as Student Groups, Societies, and Sports Clubs within the University, locally and nationally.
  2. To chair and support the Sports Union Committee and the Societies Union Committee, and to organise and support meetings of representatives of all recognised and affiliated AUSA Activities.
  3. To support and liaise with Student Groups on representational matters.
  4. To support the activities development of AUSA Activities.
  5. To ensure collaboration within the Sabbatical Team to support and implement relevant campaigns for AUSA Activities, in particular relating to welfare issues, and diversity and inclusion.
  6. To encourage involvement in all areas of AUSA Activities along with fitness and Wellbeing programmes.
  7. To represent Sports Clubs within the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and SSS.
  8. To support the promotion and development of Intramural programmes and represent the students involved in Intramural sport.
  9. To organise and support meetings of representatives of all recognised Sports Clubs.
  1. To promote University sport throughout the community.

Vice President for Welfare

  1. To be the main representative in welfare and housing matters within the University, locally and nationally.
  2. To campaign on welfare issues including, but not limited to, wellbeing, mental health, sexual health, student safety, and housing issues to ensure that students are equipped to be at their best academically.
  3. To chair and support the Welfare Committee.
  4. To support the welfare of Liberation and Section Forums.
  5. To ensure students have the skills and knowledge to campaign on welfare issues.

Vice President for Communities

  1. To be the main representative on matters relating to the local and student community to the University, locally and nationally.
  2. To be the main representative for students involved RAG within the University, locally and nationally.
  3. To organise and support sustainability, environmental and liberation activities within the University, locally and nationally.
  4. To organise and support campaigns and activities on sustainability, transport, and environment and ethics.
  5. To chair and support the Communities Committee and Environment and Ethics Committee, and RAG.
  6. To support the Liberation and Section Forums.