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VP Wellbeing

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Key Duties and Responsibilities

The purpose of this position is to provide an opportunity for the newly elected Vice-President Wellbeing (VPW) 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 Wellbeing (VPW) exists to represent the views and needs of all students studying at HWUM and developing the student experience. The VPW remit includes organising activities that promote wellbeing; developing student welfare programmes for physical and mental health, widening participation and dealing with issues affecting wellbeing.

The VPW 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;

  • Serve as a main student representative for student wellbeing matters in the HWUM Student Welfare Committee;

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

  • Coordinating a programme of activities that promote wellbeing for diverse range of students and enhances the student experience, developing and working in partnership with other University stakeholders such as the AHappierU committee and EmPOWER team;

  • Representing the views of Wellbeing Group and coordinating activities that promote equality and diversity;

  • Supporting students on welfare matters such as physical and mental health, widening participation and issues affecting wellbeing and other issues as appropriate;

  • Actively participating in University bodies and committees as required;

  • Be the first point of contact for the University on consultation about violence, discrimination and harassment;

  • Representing students on issues affecting their wellbeing such as health, financial wellbeing, equality and diversity, housing, transport and other appropriate national issues;

  • Proactively listening to and communicating with students ensuring the University is accountable and informs students on the work of the University and issues affecting students;

  • Promoting equal rights and opportunities for student community;

  • Ensuring support and representation for diverse groups within the student community, including but not limited to international students.

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

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