faculty officers

Faculty Officers are lead-student officers that take on responsibility for representing the academic interests of students within a division, or group of divisions, in an academic faculty. They will manage their division’s network of module and programme representatives and will lead a project to improve the student experience within the faculty – in direct response to your feedback through annual surveys such as the National Student Survey, Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey or Stirling Experience Survey.

Faculty Officers are also involved in the inner working of the faculty and University, providing student input into proposals and initiatives designed to improve the overall student experience.

The Faculty Officer scheme is run by the University of Stirling Students’ Union with support from the University of Stirling. Officers are line managed by the Vice President Education and Democracy and Representation Coordinator in the Students’ Union but will also work with senior members of staff in each faculty too. All officers undergo a training programme to ensure their equipped for to effectively represent the interests of their students.  

Undertaking a Faculty Officer role can be a significant commitment (around 2.5 hours per week). As such, Faculty Officers are paid for their work, and are appointed through a recruitment process in Spring each year. There are a total of 19 positions available each year, ensuring coverage to all areas within the University.


Faculty Officer Projects

Here you can find some of the amazing projects from the Faculty Officers for 2019-2020. Whilst not all of them could be fulfilled due to lockdown restrictions at the end of the academic year, the amount of ideas, planning and hard work which went into these should still be recognised.

Faculty Officer Projects 2019-2020 (pdf)

Faculty Officer Projects 2020-2021 (word doc)


Faculty Officer Project in the Spotlight:

We also have the Faculty Officer Project for Katie Martin, who was the Postgraduate Faculty Officer for Social Sciences. As part of her Project, Katie created a Yearbook with submissions from fellow students and staff. It is a compilation of stories, artwork, recipes, and jokes that cheered them up when they were in lockdown. Katie hopes that you all enjoy this book and keep it as a reminder so that in years to come you can remember what it was like to work and study during a global pandemic.

Yearbook 2020-2021 (pdf)

Yearbook 2020-2021 (plain text version)


Faculty Officers 2021-22

Please find below the list of Undergraduate Faculty Officers for 2021-2022:

Arts & Humanities 

VACANT - Communications, Media and Culture

Olga (Helga) Vaiou - Literature and Languages

Hira Amer Malik - Law and Philosophy

Emily Nisbet - History and Politics

Health Science & Sport

VACANT - Mental Health Nursing

VACANT - Paramedic

VACANT - Adult Nursing

VACANT - Sport

Natural Sciences

Sarah Gardiner - Pyschology

VACANT - Computing Science and Maths

Max Guinet - Biological and Environmental Science

Neda Shishmanova - Aquaculture

Social Sciences

Beth Wilson - ITE (Secondary)

Stewart Gallacher - ITE (Primary)

Ilinca Roibu - Criminology

Kirsten Fraser - Sociology and Social Policy

VACANT - Social Work

Stirling Management School

Aylin Poturlieva - Accounting and Finance

Marco Capone - Economics

VACANT - Marketing and Retial

Lara Adamson - Management, Work and Organisation


There are currently vacancies in the following division for the Faculty Officers for 2021-2022: CMC, Social Work, Sport, Paramedic, Mental Health Nursing, Adult Nursing, and Marketing and Retail. Recruitment is currently open for these posts. If you have any questions prior to this, please contact rosamund.vickers@stir.ac.uk.


What to expect of your Faculty Officer

All Faculty Officers have a responsibility to represent and act in the best interests of the students within their division. This means listening to any questions or concerns you may have about your module, programme or division as a whole, and then either helping you directly or sign-posting you on to relevant help and support. Faculty Officers should provide University staff members with constructive feedback about courses in their division, with the overall goal being to improve the division as a whole for both current and future students. Faculty Officers also support Module Reps within their division, either with student questions or concerns, or with accreditation questions.

Faculty Officers are there to help with academic concerns or quieres. They are not there to help with personal concerns or quieres, though if these concerns do come up when speaking to your rep, the rep should listen with care and direct you to a relevant support service. If you have any personal concerns or quieres which do not relate to your module or programme, please contact either the Student Hub or the Students' Union at theunion@stir.ac.uk.

If you wish to make a complaint about a Faculty Officer, please contact either education.union@stir.ac.uk or rosamund.vickers@stir.ac.uk.


If you’d like any further information about the Faculty Officer role, then please feel free to contact the VP Education (education.union@stir.ac.uk)