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Welfare and Rights Officer

What does it mean to be the Welfare and Rights Officer?

The Welfare and Rights Officer is the elected representative for students at the University of Cambridge for matters pertaining to the welfare, pastoral provision and support, and equality of students’ experiences at the Collegiate University. The role is shared between CUSU and the Graduate Union (GU) and so forms part of the GU Executive.

The purpose of the role is to advance the fairness and accessibility of students’ experiences in their study period; identify and investigate issues relating to student support and equality of opportunity and disadvantage; and campaign, lobby and advocate within and beyond the University’s structures to alleviate disparity and barriers to those requiring support. The role enacts this purpose via CUSU activities, campaigns, and policy-development regarding student support and equality of treatment and opportunity, including health; mental well-being; sexual health; safety; and resources to cope with hardship. 

What else does the Welfare and Rights Officer do?

  • Shall also be an officer of the Graduate Union and be expected to contribute significantly to the work of that organisation
  • Trustee of the Graduate Union
  • Leads the Welfare and Rights Team
  • Shall be the primary representative for CUSU on graduate student matters
  • Liaise closely with other Executive Teams on graduate issues relevant to their portfolios


Friday 23rd November 9:00 Lent Elections Promotion Begins
Wednesday 20th February 9:00 Nominations Open
Tuesday 26th February 12:00 Nominations Close
18:00 Candidates Briefing (location tbc)
Thursday 28th February 9:00 Campaigning Opens
Friday 1st March 18:00 Hustings (location tbc)
Monday 4th March 9:00 Colleges are sent materials advertising each candidates including their names and manifesto (to be pigeon holed/ shared by MCR)
Tuesday 5th March 9:00 Voting Opens
Friday 8th March 17:00 Voting Closes
19:00 Provisional Results Announced
Monday 11th March 10:00 Official Results Announced