Wanted: General Secretary for 2003-04

How would you like to use all the experience you've gained in your union, association or postgraduate committee, work for a national student organisation . . . and be paid for your time?

The election of the UK's only full-time national officer for postgraduate students, the NPC General Secretary, will take place on 16 August 2003 at the NPC's Annual General Meeting in University College Worcester. The AGM takes place during our Annual Conference (14-17 August 2003) but you do not need to be registered as a conference delegate to attend, or stand, at our AGM.

From 1 October 2003 to 30 September 2004 the successful candidate will become the public face of the NPC to liaise with student and government bodies and the media. As well as general administration the General Secretary will also represent the NPC at NUS National Council, the UK Council for Graduate Education and other national bodies, and take chief responsibility for writing the NPC's responses to public consultations. Although the position is very demanding the General Secretary will be part of a team of NPC officers (also to be elected at the AGM) from across the UK who will work on behalf of UK Postgraduates.

This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced postgraduate officer to gain valuable experience of representation at a national level. Training and support from the rest of the NPC Executive, as well as past General Secretaries, will be provided. It is not necessary for candidates to have held an NPC position before, though some knowledge of how we work would be an advantage.

The salary for the position will be determined by the NPC's Financial
Subcommittee during July and is expected to be at least two-thirds of the starting postdoctoral salary in the pre-1992 universities.

For more information please contact 01524 39238 or send an e-mail to j.groves@lancaster.ac.uk and James Groves (NPC General Secretary (2000-2002) will be happy to speak to you in absolute confidence.
James Groves