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VP Community

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Key Duties and Responsibilities

The purpose of this position is to provide an opportunity for the newly elected Vice-President Community (VPC) of the Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Student Association (HWUMSA) to enhance student experience and to focus on student engagement, identity and belonging. In addition, this position requires a good understanding of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) organisational structure and departmental roles, including the day-to-day operations that support the student community and to accomplish specific tasks, as outlined in the key duties and responsibilities below.

The Student Life (SL) is an integral part of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM). This office is responsible for providing practical advice and professional services to a wide range of customers, which include students, parents, sponsors and staff, on all kinds of student matters including settling into university life, financial aid, accommodation, disability, counselling and wellbeing, careers advice and international student support, managing Heriot- Watt University Malaysia student association as well as managing the University main reception.


Nominees running for the student position must satisfy the following:

  • Studied in Heriot-Watt University Malaysia for at least one semester; and

  • Studying in HWUM for the academic year 2024/2025.

Job Description

The role of the Vice-President Community (VPC) exists to represent the views and needs of all students studying at HWUM and developing the student experience. The VPC remit includes supporting society and volunteer development.

The VPC shall be responsible for:

  • Deputising, with the consent of the President;

  • Working alongside the University and its composing student led bodies wherever possible to ensure that the Partnership Agreement is fully developed, supported and executed by both student body and University;

  • Supporting and chairing the Community Group; coordinating its work and activities;

  • Coordinating a programme of not for profit and/or charitable events that meet the needs of a diverse range of students and enhances students’ experiences, developing and working in partnerships with other University stakeholders, such as the AHappierU committee and EmPOWER team;

  • Lead on the work of HWUMSA to encourage sustainability within the University, promoting sustainable policy and practice within the student body;

  • Actively participating in University bodies and committees as required;

  • Proactively listening to and communicating with the student bodies, informs students on the work of the University and issues affecting students;

  • Promoting equal rights and opportunities for the student community;

  • Actively enabling the enhancement of student life and student experience through community building and fostering a sense of belonging amongst the student community;

  • Appointing, managing and developing members through democratic procedures, exclusively on general clubs and societies with the designations of Arts and Cultural, Community Service and Welfare and Professional Development;

  • Working with community leaders in order to collect community related feedback from student community and work towards improving the council’s systems and events in relation to community;

  • Ensuring inclusivity is promoted throughout all club events that are organized internally or externally;

  • Supporting clubs’ presidents in planning and promoting the club activities within the student community;

  • Such other matters as appropriate or agreed by HWUMSA from time to time.

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