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General Secretary

As General Secretary, you would be the primary liaison between LSE and the Students’ Union, representing the student body and leading on the development and delivery of initiatives, campaigns and projects.

About the role

You will sit on LSE’s decision-making bodies: including LSE Council; Finance and Estates Committee; Ethics Committee, Honorary Awards Committee and Governance Committee.

In addition, you will be Chair of the following:

  • LSESU Trustee Board, which has the ultimate legal and financial responsibility for the Students’ Union
  • Chair of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for defending the rights of student members and campaigning on issues affecting them
  • Chair of the Students’ Union Fund
  • Co-Chair of the Welcome Steering Group, along with the Deputy Chief Operating Officer of LSE

You will also attend NUS National Conference during Lent Term to represent LSE students nationally.

If you'd like to talk to David (the current General Secretary) about the role, then you can come to a Zoom drop-in session on Monday 8 March from 15:00-15:45, or on Tuesday 9 March from 16:30-17:15.

You should run if

  • You are passionate about making a difference to the student experience at LSE, and about improving both the School and your Students' Union
  • You're interested in being a leader who is the voice for students during their studies at LSE both to the School and the wider world You want to develop your communication, organisational, event planning, teamwork and leadership skills
  • You're interested in gaining experience working in the third sector including sitting on a trustee board
  • You have ideas and desire to make positive change


  • The opportunity to make a lasting and meaningful impact on student life at LSE
  • You get to take action on the things you are most passionate about
  • Plenty of opportunities to develop your leadership, communication and organisational skills Salary for this role is recalculated every year, and it includes a Cost of Living Allowance based on the London Living Wage
  • 25 days holiday + Christmas and bank holidays
  • Free gym membership

Training and support

LSESU staff will support you in your role and you will receive:

  • Ongoing job-specific training throughout the year
  • Individual training & development to suit your needs
  • Opportunities to attend conferences and external training days

Time commitment

You will hold the post from the start of July 2021 until the end of June 2022.

Before this date, it is likely that you will work with current officers on some projects, and you will go through a period of handover shortly before the post begins.

Hours are full-time but flexible. You will also have to work outside of these hours from time to time, meeting students, attending events or conferences.