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


Namaste and welcome to all Cardiff Met Students! I’m Venky Gonavaram and I’ll be your SU President: Affairs and Community for the year 22/23. I’m an international student running in my second term in this position. I hope that you’ve all enjoyed the Summer.

To deliver an exciting and engaging student experience, I ensure that SU is in the best position to do so. I work on awareness campaigns and attend TNE events in support of our international members through SU Part Time Officers and SU international partners.

The SU has always provided opportunities for all aspects of your student life. I hope that you will enjoy all what we have to offer throughout the year as much as I have.

My job is to represent the students at a higher level internally and externally. This will be done by playing the role of student governor at Cardiff Met Board, where I take part in making decisions for the university and student experience.

As I progress through this role, some of my main goals for this year includes:

· Engaging the careers service in promoting graduate fairs and employability fairs.
· Make both campus social spaces as enjoyable as possible for students.
· Develop good official plans and trips to increase student community.

All the best,

SU Vice President - Student Voice

Natalia-Mia Roach


Hello / Shwmae! I’m Natalia-Mia Roach and I’ll be your SU Vice President: Student Voice for 22/23. My role is to help with anything you, as students, need during the next year in order to make the best version of your university experience and enjoy it just like I have the last 3 years.

I intend on making sure all voices are heard and understood at the university’s highest level. This can be through academics or facilities and all things relating to your university experience. I recommend sharing feedback to your SU School, Lead, Course Reps and myself to encourage improvements to your student voice and experience at Cardiff Met.

I studied Sport and Exercise Science on Cyncoed Campus 2019-2022 and during my time as an undergraduate student, I made sure I got involved into the uni life as much as I could. I became part of the university’s Women’s Rugby Team and joined an SU Society, both opportunities that were provided by the SU. It was the most amazing three years, and I would do them all again!

Over the next year I intend to excel the student voice and make the student experience at Cardiff Met its best version! I aim to:

· Increase equality and financial support for sports teams and societies
· Promote and strengthen mental health and wellbeing services
· Develop equality, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of the university across both campuses

I look forward to seeing you around,

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.