Full time, fixed term 12 month contract
BPP University Students’ Association offers an independent voice for BPP students and works closely and collaboratively with BPP University to continuously improve the student experience and put students at the heart of everything they do.
We are excited to share with you this opportunity to become the President of BPP Students’ Association. The role of the President is to act as an independent voice for BPP University students and to help facilitate the representation of the views and interests of BPP University students on matters relating to their academic experience. The President works closely and collaboratively with all members of BPP University staff, including members of the Senior Management and Executive team to shape policy and improve the student experience. You can find out more about the Students’ Association at https://www.bppstudents.com/.
This unique role will expose you to all areas of BPP University and give you the opportunity to develop your communication, presentation, commercial, leadership and management skills. Some examples of roles our former Presidents have gone on to achieve as a result of their experience in this unique role include: Head of Student Experience for BPP, Head of Registry Operations and Barrister at one of the top London Barristers Chambers.
Main Duties & Responsibilities
- Academic Committees
- To represent student opinion and deliver papers where required at BPP’s internal formal Academic committees including but not limited to:
- Academic Council;
- Governance groups;
- Education and Standards Committee;
- School boards;
- Equality and Diversity Forum;
- Students’ Association Board of Governors; and
- Any other board or committee meeting that may be called from time to time.
- Student Voice Reps and Elections
- Conduct annual elections to recruit and train new Student Voice Representatives.
- Work with the Student Voice Manager to co-ordinate all Student Voice Representatives and ensure they attend all training sessions and committee meetings as required.
- General administrative tasks in relation to arranging Student Representatives’ expenses and any post-meeting payments.
- Student Written Submission & Regulatory/professional bodies
- Organise and facilitate the annual Student Representatives’ Away Day and produce the annual ‘Student Written Submission’.
- Meet with and represent the views of students to Regulators and Professional Bodies such as the Quality Assurance Agency who will routinely visit BPP University.
- Accessibility – The President will be expected to have regular Office Hours from 9 - 5.30 so that they are accessible to the student body.
- Focus Groups
- Work with the Student Voice Manager to conduct focus group sessions with BPP University students throughout the year across all programmes at all centres to gain students’ feedback on issues relating to:
- BPP marketing
- Pre-arrival information
- Admissions and registration
- Course design and delivery
- Student engagement
- Learning and teaching
- Equality and Diversity
- Learning opportunities outside of programmes
- Alumni activity
- Present this feedback to the various departments, senior managers, executive officers and the Vice-Chancellor of BPP University highlighting areas of good practice and areas where change is recommended.
Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications
- Must be a recent BPP University student who has completed one of our University programs
after 1st December 2018 or due to complete their programme before 31st August 2019.
- Able to act independently and balance the views/needs of students and the University as an organisation;
- Have excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills;
- Have a strong ability to work collaboratively and with different departments in BPP University centres nationally;
- Self-motivated and able to work without intensive direct supervision;
- Ability to communicate feedback in an effective, collaborative and professional manner and inspire change; and
- To be an ambassador and example to the students at the University.
Apply via the below application link by uploading a joint CV and covering letter explaining why you would be suitable for the role and addressing the question, ‘what do you deem BPP’s three strengths and three weaknesses to be in terms of the overall student experience? by 2.00pm on Monday 24th June 2019.
For any informal queries relating to the role, please contact Shahban Aziz, Head of Student Experience and Managing Director of BPP Students’ Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two stage interview process incorporating a presentation and an interview.
Applicants successful at the CV stage will be invited to deliver a 10-minute presentation on the following topic:
Take the key weaknesses and strengths from your covering letter and present these back to the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education Services explaining how you would improve the Student Experience.
Please do not prepare a PowerPoint presentation, but you may produce handouts if you feel it is appropriate. This will then be followed with a Q&A session and informal discussion about you and the role.
This panel (date tbc) will include:
- Elected student representatives
- Managing Director of Students’ Association/Student Voice Manager
- Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education Services
After the presentation, shortlisted candidates will be invited to the final stage comprising of a 30-minute interview (based on competencies and experience) on Tuesday 2nd July. The interview panel will include:
- Managing Director of Students’ Association
- Deputy Vice-Chancellor
- One elected student representative
- The Chair of the Board of Governors of the Independent Students’ Association