VP Student support is one of the most contested SRC positions this year with four candidates in the running. They are Fraser Sutherland, Andrew Yates, Saud al Taj and Ronan Radin.
Student Support is arguably one of the most important positions within the SRC with responsibility for over twenty thousand students.
A huge part of the job, as with all four sabbatical officers is based around their representative function. The VP SS maintains strong links with University Services and the International office, as well as defending student interests at university committees, supporting student halls committees and tackling problems which come up through the advice centre with separate bodies such as SASS, the Student Loans Company, local Community Councils and the police.
They are also in charge of the SRC welfare weeks which deal with subjects from mental health, sexual health and environmental issues to accommodation, money, and fund-raising, as well as supporting the Welfare and Equal Opportunities Officers in their roles on council.
Reporting by Kirsteen Fraser with research and interview assistance from James Humphries. Interviews with (in order of appearance): Fraser Sutherland, Andrew Yates, Saud al Taj and Ronan Radin.
Posted at 00:00, 2nd March 2010