Being a Sabbatical Officer

There are five full time elected sabbatical officer positions, all paying £18,263 for a 12 month period beginning on 1st July. These positions include one Students’ Union President and four Students’ Union Officers.

There are five separate elections:

  • President
  • Arts and Media Officer
  • Health and Social Care Officer
  • Science and Technology Officer
  • Business and Law Officer

You can find out first hand what it's like being a Sabbatical Officer

Read our blogs on being one by former Sabbatical Officers.

All Roles

You will lead the Union, ensuring it is representing students and campaigning to improve the life of students at Salford. You will also be a member of the Trustee Board, which is responsible for holding staff to account and overseeing the Union finances to make sure money is spent so it benefits students.

You will work with the Union's staff team to promote student interest in all Union activities and events, including a varied social calendar.

Students' Union President

As President you will chair the trustee board of the Students’ Union and lead the sabbatical team of four Officers, championing and supporting their work. You will be the key contact with the University Vice Chancellor and the National Union of Students, and will work on cross-institutional issues.

You will be the spokesperson of the Students’ Union to the wider community and other external contacts (e.g. the press).


As an Officer, you will represent students within one or more of the Universities schools (e.g. Arts and Media, Business and Law etc.) and lead the campaigns, democracy, and representation in that area – holding key relationships with senior staff and students.

You will also take responsibility for an area of the Union's strategic work e.g. sport and activities, community engagement, wellbeing and support, representation and democracy etc.


If you're successful you will have a 12 month fixed term paid full time job and the opportunity to improve life and make a real impact for student at Salford. 


You will be paid around £18,263 for 12 months from the 1st July 2018 with 23 days annual leave plus University closure days. 

There is flexibility in start dates for some students e.g. nurses. Please email for more info. 

Making a difference

You'll get to work for a year on the issues that matter to students and have the opportunity to make big changes that will impact on the lives of students. 


Leading a charitable organisation with a budget of over £1 million will give you valuable commercial experience. You'll also gain experience in the following: leading campaigns, representing students, managing budgets, communicating and team building. 

Being a Trustee

In your role as a trustee of a charity you'll gain valuable insight into how our organisation works and also make real decisions that shape our future. 

Winning isn't everything

With only five positions available, you may not win in the election. However even if you don't win you will still gain valuable experience in running a campaign, working to deadlines, managing budgets, being creative and showing determination. Plus it's also great for the CV!