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Listed by University of St Andrews Students' Association


Application deadline: Mon 21 Sep 2020


£9 per hour (Grade 1.3)


Variable Hours (approx. 6 hours/week for 15 weeks)


The Association


The University of St Andrews Students’ Association presently has over 9,000 members. We provide a range of services including advice and representation, a catering service on two sites and four bars. We are the primary entertainments venue for St Andrews’ students, and support a thriving student activities scene with over 140 affiliated societies. 


The Position





Hours of work 



Grade 1.3, £9 per hour

Your role

The University of St Andrews has a well-developed and active system of student representation for undergraduate students. The representation system for postgraduate students does not benefit from the same active engagement and the success of the system relies heavily on the initiative of individual students fulfilling the role in a particular year. The current Postgraduate Academic Convenor conducted a survey of postgraduate representatives, School presidents, and Directors of Postgraduate Studies in Summer 2020 to gather impressions about the current postgraduate representation system. We are recruiting two interns to build on that report and gather additional evidence to support and enhance the recommendations. 

The interns will investigate other systems for postgraduate representation in the UK and beyond. They will be asked to identify institutions which have a promising system and then reach out to individuals involved in the system to get a first-hand account of how the system works in practice. One intern will be asked to think particularly about recruiting and rewarding postgraduate representatives while the other will consider the types of training and support that should be provided to postgraduate representatives. 

At the end of the internship a report is expected which will build on the initial report from the PG Academic Convenor, summarise findings, and make practical recommendations for changes to the postgraduate representation system.




Person Specification





Means of Assessment

(application form, interview, test, presentation etc.)



Education & Qualifications 


(technical, professional, academic qualifications and training required) 


Must be a postgraduate student working towards a PhD. Individuals who have recently completed their PhD will also be considered.




Certificates, application letter, CV


Experience & Knowledge


(examples of specific experience and knowledge sought)


Ability to evaluate, analyse and synthesise information





Involvement in planning, managing and delivering a successful project


Experience in social media


Experience in student representation








CV, application letter and interview


Competencies & Skills


(effective communication skills, initiative, flexibility, leadership etc.)   



Strong interpersonal skills and good at networking


Problem solving


Ability to communicate effectively and clearly


Ability to manage time and deadlines


Well-organised, attentive to detail and conscientious


High levels of motivation


Commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion principles 




Awareness of St Andrews academic, cultural and student life traditions and opportunities


Able to take initiative


Ability to work independently and collaboratively


Adaptable and flexible








CV, application letter, interview


Essential Criteria – requirements without which a candidate would not be able to undertake the full remit of the role.  Applicants who have not clearly demonstrated in their application that they possess the essential requirements will normally be rejected at the short listing stage. 


Desirable Criteria – requirements which would be useful for the candidate to hold.  When short listing, these criteria will be considered when more than one applicant meets the essential requirements.  


How to Apply:

Applications by CV and covering letter should be sent to: Union Building, St Mary’s Place, St Andrews, KY16 9UZ. Email:, tel: 01334 462700.

Closing date: 21st September 2020