This page includes the roles up for election, current committee's contact details, information on how to run, and the timetable for the elections.
The LGBTQ+ Society plays an enormous and exciting role in structure of the vibrant queer community at Oxford. The society runs a popular drinks event and club night every Tuesday along with a myriad of welfare and identity specific events every single week. The Oxford LGBTQ+ scene is already unlike any other at any university in the country, yet we think it can still be better. The society’s huge reach, combined with its yearly income from sponsors and events, creates the potential (among other things) for larger events, notable guest speakers, and better support all round.
After the last round of elections in Hilary, the following positions remain unfilled; Class Rep, Disabilities Rep, RaEM Rep.
Roles up for election
President If you have a vision for how you want LGBTQ+ Society to change, love managing Public Relations and communicating with the media, enjoy organising and managing people, then this is the job for you! If you have an idea of the direction you want Soc to go in, you'll be able to execute that as Prez. Don't worry if you don't fulfil all of these skills already, you'll learn on the job! -- Ellie Oppenheim- firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Your job is running the bi-weekly full committee meetings, for which you take minutes and make the agenda for. You also organise committee elections, and the ‘rainbow parent’ scheme, which is like the college parent system but exclusively for LGBTQ+ students. If you enjoy making friends and managing teams, this is the role for you! -- Imogen Laycock - email@example.com
Treasurer During term time I would say the job has four main parts 1) sponsorship stuff. This involves replying to any emails the sponsors send, promoting stuff for sponsors, sometimes you have to organise sponsor events. And also making sure you send the invoice for sponsorship money. 2) budgeting stuff. Writing the budget - Socs expenditure went up massively in our term as a committee because of all the new committee positions and events. So as well as writing the budget you need to reimburse people who spend money on things for Soc. You also have to write up an income statement that tracks where all the money went that will eventually be checked by the uni. 3) the money box at drinks. You have to take it to drinks every week so you have to go to drinks every week. You also have to take the money box back to your college before going to plush. And then after drinks you have to count the money and keep track of the float which takes a bit of effort. You also have to bank the cash from the money box which is about 4/5k a term. 4) the community fund. As treasurer you are chief of the community fund which means you have to liaise with people making applications and also get the exec to vote on the applications .-- Eilidh Watson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Secretary ‘work hard, play hard’ - your main job is to organise and run our biggest event, the weekly Tuesday drinks. For this, you’l appoint a bar team, order and maintain the drinks store, book venues and liaise with colleges to make sure everything runs smoothly. As well as this, we’ve hosted several successful movie nights, fundraisers, and other socials, and are currently involved in co-hosting events for LGBTQ+ history month. Social sec is the point of call for co-operation with other LGBTQ+ societies (Brookes, Cambridge etc.) as well as local co-ordination (Plush, college bops etc.), so there’s so much opportunity to make the Oxford LGBTQ+ scene fun and inclusive for everyone! If you have any questions, please drop me an email or facebook message, and I’d be more than happy to chat more about what the position entails. -- Maria Alfaro - email@example.com
Junior Social Sec This role primarily involves supporting the Social Sec in running weekly Tuesday Drinks, which includes ordering alcohol stock, setting up/clearing up the drinks, and being a friendly face behind the bar throughout the event. You'll also run termly socials for LGBTQ+ College Reps, to allow them to meet each other and set up things like inter-college crewdates/pub crawls. This year, we've run really successful movie nights, but there are plenty of opportunities to do other types of socials! Depending on your identity, there's also the possibility of running Men*'s and Non-Binary Pizza and Drinks Socials. This role is a really great way to meet and work with loads of different people (from the Social Sec to bar reps to college LGBTQ+ officers) and organise loads of events that benefit the university community!Nic Stone - firstname.lastname@example.org
Welfare x2 - these positions must be held by people of different genders. My role is to run fortnightly welfare events with my co-rep aimed at the entire community! I also provide 1-1 chats to people with welfare concerns and signpost and assist people in accessing resources! We also run the Welfare Working Group who come up with ideas for new events and ways of getting welfare out there. I’ve met loads of people in the community through this role and it’s been so fun! -- Laura Stone email@example.com and Jack Edge - firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate Reps x2 - preferably of different genders. If you want to organise social and welfare events for grads and encourage grads to come to Tuesday drinks then apply for this role! You'll be able to meet lots of new people, as well as get really involved with being on committee. Integrating the grad community with the undergrads is another hugely important job – we all want to meet each other! Contact Prez or Secretary- email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Racial and Ethnic Minorities Rep x2 - As the Racial and Ethnic Minorities officer, you'll be responsible for organising events thrice a term, ranging from welfare teas to pre-drinks prior to Tuesday Drinks. It's a small but great community, and keeping up engagement with LGBTQSOC is an essential part of the role. --Tracey Mwaniki - email@example.com and Ashar Aslam - firstname.lastname@example.org
Trans Rep x2 – The Trans reps represent the interests of trans folks to the rest of the committee, and are points of contact for any welfare concerns pertaining to being trans. This involves running the weekly trans welfare (“Twelfare”) meet-ups open to trans, non-binary, intersex and questioning people in Oxford, in addition to managing a secret Facebook group where people can chat and share resources. The trans reps also help to organise the annual Trans Day of Remembrance service. There’s also lots of opportunities to run additional events - some of the things we have done include dog walks, DIY haircuts, pizza nights and more! -- Leo Kershaw - email@example.com and Cody Fuller - firstname.lastname@example.org
International Rep x2 - preferably from different countries so we can provide as much varied support to our international community as experiences are very diverse International Reps play a really fun and important role in growing our community of LGBTQ+ international students. There's so many of us out there and given our diversity, there's so much potential for fun joint events (e.g. RAEM Reps, International Society, etc.) and interesting discussions! (Our chats can be endless – recent topics include: queer films we know, accents, cuisines). What you do is pretty much yours to define, but past events we've held include: welfare teas, cross-cultural cuisines, G&D's trips and a pub trip. There's a lot of satisfaction in bringing people together, whether it's easing newcomers to Oxford/UK into life here or facilitating new connections for everyone generally. If you have any questions, please contact Mick or Kathy and we'd happily chat with you about the role! -- Kathleen Farmilo - email@example.com and Mick Yang firstname.lastname@example.org
Faith Rep x2 – must be of different faiths The Faiths reps aim to provide resources and run events for LGBTQ+ people of faith, and represent the needs of people of faith on committee. We tend to use 'people of faith' very loosely to encompass anyone with an interest in or history with religion. This year we've run welfare teas every other week, as well as some other events like film nights, panels and an event in collaboration with faiths societies. We are also points of contact for anyone who'd like to talk to us, and have run LGBTQ+ 101 training for chaplains. You don't need to know lots about religion or have been super involved in faiths events so far to run- all you need is ideas and an interest in supporting LGBTQ+ people of faith! -- Mim Kunin email@example.com and Josie Cleary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Disabilities Rep The Disabilities rep will be the point of contact for all members of the community who identify as having a disability, encompassing physical disabilities and mental health conditions. They will host three socials per term, and provide support and welfare. They will ensure LGBTQ+ people feel welcome at our events, thinking about welfare, social, awareness and accessibility within the community. Contact Prez or Secretary- email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Rep The Class rep will make sure that working class voices are heard within the LGBTQ+ community. They can run socials for working class LGBTQ+ students, work on making sure that LGBTQ+ events aren’t prohibitively expensive, and liaise with OxfordSU’s Class Act.-- Elliot Frame - email@example.com
Bi/Pan Rep As the bi/pan rep, you are required to put on 3 termly events for the Oxford bi/pan community which are lots of fun. The bi/pan rep also has to manage the bi/pan Facebook group and add people when they ask, so it’s important to check the email account regularly. This job is a lot of fun and involves meeting lots of new people -- Liberty Conlon - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ace/Aro Rep The ace/aro rep organises and runs weekly Ace Teas for the Ace/Aro community. They involve lots of junk food, plenty of different kinds of tea, and lots of discussion about our ace/aro experiences. It's a great little community, and it gives you a chance to meet lots of new people in a relaxed and personal setting. --Iona Woodward - email@example.com
Women*’s Officer For the role of Women*'s Officer, the main event run is Women*’s and Non-Binary Drinks 4 times a term. This involves creating a space in which LGBTQ+ Women* feel comfortable to meet other women* as well as have lots of friendly chats and laughs. This naturally involves a lot of (free) pizza and drinks (alcoholic and non). The role also has a welfare component as people may message you with concerns such as coming out and coming to their first queer event. A part of the role is also organising CAKE, or appointing a CAKE rep to do so. CAKE is Oxford’s only Queer Women*’s club night! This is probably the most challenging part of the job although it is incredibly fun as well!. -- Maria Bassi - firstname.lastname@example.org
Publicity Officer - Compiling the weekly events email and overseeing our mailing list activity is the biggest job of the publicity officer. It’s all about effective communication and marketing, so if this interests you, I’d recommend you think about applying! The publicity officer also runs our social media and is responsible for replying to anyone who slides into our DMs. A good knowledge of social media platforms is useful in this position. The Publicity Officer is also most people’s first point of contact when they send Soc a message or reply to a post, so if you’re a people person, this is a great opportunity to network and make friends. -- Flora Pery-Knox-Gore email@example.com
IT Officer – As IT officer, the upkeep of the website and the mailing list are your responsibility, to ensure that all communication between committee and members is as smooth as possible. You’ll also need to make sure that elections are run correctly, and be available as tech support for committee. You can also help out at any other events that the rest of the committee run. -- Nina Crisp - firstname.lastname@example.org
All candidates for paired positions (welfare, graduate, RaEM, international, and faith reps) must run separately. Official job descriptions can be found in our constitution, found here.
If you would like to run for any of these positions, please send a manifesto, and a plain text version, to Imogen, the secretary (email@example.com)
Your manifesto doesn’t have to be multicoloured and covered in glitter! Just make sure it’s readable, keep it simple, and feel free to base it off past manifestos!
- A picture of yourself*
- Reasons why you are suited to the role
- Relevant past experience for the role
- What you could bring to the role
- (*optional but encouraged)
- Submit as a PDF
- Keep it to one page of A4
- Include a plain text version
- Email your manifesto to firstname.lastname@example.org
Husts will be held at Tuesday drinks. 6th week drinks will hold hustings for two Trans Reps, two RaEM Reps, two International Student’s Reps, two Grad reps, Ace/Aro Rep, Bi/Pan Rep, Class rep, Disabilities Officer and Women*s Officer. 7th week drinks will host hustings for President, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Secretary, Junior Social Secretary, Publicity Officer, two Welfare officers, and an IT Officer.
Husts will be recorded and manifestos will be distributed to the mailing list and uploaded to the website. If you would like anonymity, for example because you are not out, please let us know and this will be arranged.
3rd Week: Friday 1st February – call for candidates and their manifestos open!
4th Week: Monday 4th February, 12.45pm-2.45pm, George Street Social – Drop-in social. If you have any questions about being part of committee, come and meet our current committee to get answers! Facebook event here.
5th Week: Sunday 17th February 23.59pm – Deadline for candidates and manifestos to be submitted.
Monday 18th Feburary - Manifestos published and distributed.
6th Week : Tuesday 19th February - Tuesday Drinks – hustings for two Trans Reps, two RaEM Reps, two International Student’s Reps, two Grad reps, Ace/Aro Rep, Bi/Pan Rep, Class rep, Disabilities Officer and Women*s Officer.
7th Week: Tuesday 26th February - Tuesday Drinks – hustings for President, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Secretary, Junior Social Secretary, Publicity Officer, two Welfare officers, and an IT Officer.
Tuesday 26th February 23.59pm – Deadline for voters to be registered on the mailing list. You can sign up here.
Wednesday 27th February – Voters will receive an email from ballotbox in order to vote. If you signed up before the deadline and did not receive this, please email email@example.com
Thursday 28th February 9am until Friday 1 March 9pm – Voting via ballotbox. If you are having problems, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Week: 5th March – Tuesday Drinks – Results announced
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email us or drop us a message on Facebook.