The AU President is a full time, sabbatical role, which:
-Represents the sporting interests of students at the University of St Andrews
-Promotes the widest variety of, widest participation and highest standards of student physical activity
-Promotes and defends the availability of the widest possible variety of student opportunities and facilities for physical activity
As President of the Athletic Union you are ultimately responsible for 60 affiliated sports clubs, totalling around 3500 students that are directly affected by your decisions. You will be in charge of running the annual Sports Fayre as well as a Give-It-A-Go Sports Day where hundreds of new students are introduced to the world of university sport. And that's just before you even got started.
The AU President has many responsibilities, overseeing the smooth running of the Athletic Union and its 60 affiliated sports clubs - a task which often requires early mornings and late nights in the office. But the good thing is, you are not on your own: the AU Executive Committee is there to help and support you by dealing with areas such as accounts, minutes and the AU Ball! The role of President is a managerial role, and as such he or she is responsible for the day to day management of the student elected Exec, who in turn will provide valuable work and assistance in the functionality of the Athletic Union. The Athletic Union also works very amicably alongside the Department of Sport and Exercise whose staff are also a valuable source of help. Together, the Athletic Union (AU) and Department of Sport and Exercise (DSE) operate under the banner, Saints Sport.
Of course, your role will not just involve staying in St Andrews: As part of the larger university and college community in Scotland, SSS (Scottish Student Sport), all the AU Presidents meet regularly at venues across the nation to discuss current events, share best practice and, naturally, have great nights out! The close links with colleagues at other universities make your daily job a lot easier: they are keen to get matches played in a fair environment but also can provide a listening ear in times when you just need to rant. SSS is currently gaining more and more clout in BUCS, the UK-wide student sporting association: this means that when you get involved in SSS, you potentially affect university sport throughout Britain.
It's an exciting year with many challenges. It's up to you: can you do it?
For a more detailed breakdown of the role please click here.
If you are considering running for the position of Athletic Union President, please contact Andrew Hall (email@example.com).
Further information on the Athletic Union elections may be found at elections.saints-sport.com.