Student sabbatical Officers

The Student Sabbatical Officers are elected by students to represent your academic interests at the very top level. They act as the key link to the University Vice Chancellor, and Pro Vice Chancellor Student Experience as well as other key stakeholders.

The role of the President includes acting as the chair of the Board of Trustees, along with being responsible for the financial position and performance of the Students' Union. The President is the voice of the students at the highest internal level and externally.

The role of the Vice-President is to represent the students and make sure that their voice and opinions are heard. The Vice-President is here to help out with anything that students may need during the year. Whether it is support or advice with education and welfare matters to helping you setting up societies, so pop into the office any time for a chat.

SU President - Affairs & Community

Venky Gonavaram


Greetings to everyone!

I am Venky Gonavaram and I will be your SU President – Affairs & Community for the academic year 2021/22. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought so many changes and challenges to our education life - I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe.

My job is to try and make your life at Cardiff Met the best it can be. I represent you at the highest level at the university and work as a Student Governor representing the views of the students

at key meetings with the senior members of the university. I make sure that the SU is in the best place to deliver an exciting and engaging student experience. I also work on awareness campaigns alongside the SU Part-Time Officer team and the SU International Partner event for our international members.

I have taken a sabbatical year from my MBA studies and I am a very positive, honest individual and will always do my best for Cardiff Met SU members. I will listen to student feedback, develop the understanding and relationships with university staff and look to create opportunities for students across both campuses.

Cardiff Met is a great place to build a career. I want to welcome you and encourage you all to reach your goals. In this Freshers’ Guide you will find out about everything that Cardiff Met SU has to offer including, SU Voice and representation, SU Societies, SU Sport, our Advice and Support Service, The Met Award, our JobShop and volunteering services and much, much more!

Over my time in the role, some of my main goals I’m looking to achieve include:

- Improving campus community and communication post Covid.
- Offer more social sport opportunities.
- Promoting graduate and employability fairs by working with the careers service.

All the best,


SU Vice President - Student Voice

Naomi Wrigley



Hello / Shwmae and welcome to Cardiff Met SU! I’m Naomi Wrigley and I’ll be your SU Vice President - Student Voice for 2021/22. I hope that your time at Cardiff Met will be as amazing as mine has been and that you take part in every opportunity you are able to!

I focus on representing the student voice as head of the SU Rep structure and over the next year my aim is to help you, as students, with anything you need.

The student voice helps to make your student experience, a better experience, so I want to ensure that all student voices are heard, shared and understood at the highest level of the university. I encourage you to share feedback with your SU School, Lead, Course Reps and myself so that we can strengthen the student voice and experience at Cardiff Met.

The next year may look a little different to what you would consider as the traditional university experience but we, the Students’ Union, are here to make sure you have the best experience possible. Our office doors and email inboxes are always open, so come and see us or contact us if you need advice and support, information about joining SU Sports clubs and SU Societies or if you would like to take part in workshops or the Cardiff Met Award.

I studied Sport Management on the Cyncoed Campus between 2018-2021. During my time as an undergraduate student, I made sure to say yes to as many opportunities as possible and I joined a sport club, became a SU Course Rep and worked for the SU at Varsity. In my second and third year, I became a SU Lead Rep within CSSHS Cyncoed and was the Korfball Club President.

Over the next year I’m aiming to strengthen the student voice & enhance the student experience by:

- Increasing the social opportunities available.
- Developing the relationship between Cyncoed and Llandaff campuses.
- Strengthening the mental health and wellbeing support that is available.

Once again, I’d like to welcome you to the Students’ Union and wish you all the best for your time at Cardiff Met. We look forward to seeing you on both our campuses and have a great Freshers’!

School Reps

School Reps are appointed by the Students’ Union as the figurehead rep for each school. It is their responsibility to recruit and manage the rep structure within the school and to act as a link between the school and SU. They represent students at school and university level.

Part-Time Officers

Part time officers are employed by the Students' Union and have specific roles that deal with the following areas; Equality & Diversity, Wellbeing, Welsh  (Cymraeg), Global and Environmental. Click here to find out more about their specific roles.

Lead Reps

Lead Reps are recruited by the School Rep. They are the figurehead for either a whole year group or a department, this is dependant on the structure of the school. Lead Reps support the School Rep to manage the rep team and represent the student voice at year/department level.

Course Reps

Course Reps are chosen by their peers, the election process is facilitated jointly between the School Rep and academic staff. In order to effectively represent each class a guideline ratio of reps to class size has been set. 1 for classes of 10 or less. 2 for classes up to 100. 3 for 100 – 150 and 4 for 150+. School Reps will work with Programme Directors using these guidelines.

Group Reps

For some cohorts the School Rep and academic staff will opt to add this additional layer of representation. Group reps represent a seminar/tutor group. They are chosen by their peers, and gather feedback at group level to pass onto the Course Rep to be represented at programme level. These may be used where large cohorts are taught separately in smaller groups.

  • Cardiff Met Feedback Policy

    The policy on assignment feedback is taken from your handbook to outline what you can expect from the University.

  • Committee Guidance for Reps

    A breakdown of the meetings and committees you may attend as a rep and what will be discussed there.

  • Course Rep Recruitment

    This form sets out a step by step procedure for recruiting course reps and capturing their details. It is useful for School,Lead Reps and staff.

  • Jargon Buster for Reps

    There are lots of terms and acronyms used within a University, here's a head-start on some of the common ones but always feel free to ask for clarification if you're not sure what something means.

  • Meetings Top Tips

    A Recap of some of the meetings you may attend plus some guidance to make sure you make the best use of your committee membership

  • Programme Committee Terms of Reference

    This document explains the areas covered by this committee as well as who attends.

  • Raising Your Profile as A Rep

    Some top tips on how you can make sure your cohort know who you are and what you can do for them. Remember it's also great to keep them up to date on what you've been working on and encourage them to get involved.

  • SSLC Terms of Reference

    Each School has a Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC), this document explains what the committee covers and who attends.