The President is responsible for leading the MSA in its mission of improving the medical student experience at GKT. The role entails:
– Maintaining and developing the activities of the society;
– Leading the MSA fairly and in the best interest of its members;
-Facilitating and overseeing other team members in their role to ensure smooth team-work within the society;
– Acting as the main ambassador and external spokesperson for the society (including, but not limited to, liaising with: the student body, GKT School of Medicine Staff Members, KCLSU, KCL BMA reps, GKT clubs and societies, other London MedSoc Presidents, outside organisations);
– Attending a training day with the KCLSU team at the beginning of the academic year.
The elected individual will also be eligible to undertake a Medical Education + Representation SSC, he/she will therefore also be required to fulfil the requirements of this SSC.
Candidates for President must have previously held a position on the MSA Core Committee (this year or previously). It is a requirement of the School that the MSA President is primarily based at Guy’s Campus. This has no implications for MBBS1, 2 or iBSc, but does mean that they would be forced into the GSTT cluster for MBBS3 or 4 (the role is fundamentally incompatible with MBBS5). This does not count as special circumstances and the President will still have peripheral placements outside of London.
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The Vice President is a brand new role, created to help support the Committee and the President deal with the ever-expanding areas that the MSA deals with.
Essentially, the Vice President’s role is to work very closely with the President and assist both them and the rest of the Committee with whatever is needed. They, along with the President, will be:
– Attending the vast majority of the meetings with the School and College;
– Overseeing and supporting the rest of the MSA Committee;
– Developing new projects.
Additionally, the Vice President will be primarily responsible for liaising with the fifteen MSA Year Representatives and ensuring a transparent and fair representational framework. The Vice President should ideally have extensive experience of working as a senior committee member. The remit of the position is very wide, so experience of working in various different areas would be valuable. The Vice President will also need to be dynamic when dealing with issues that arise throughout the year.
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Ideally, a suitable candidate should have some experience of KCLSU accounting procedures e.g. previously a Sports Club or Society Treasurer. Like the President, you will be required to attend a training day with the KCLSU team. The Treasurer will also work closely with the Sports and Societies Officer to oversee the allocation of sponsorship to other GKT sports teams and societies.
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– Organising core committee meetings, and taking minutes at these meetings;
– Compiling and sending the weekly ‘What’s On’ email to the medical school, including events from all GKT clubs and societies;
– Planning and organising elections for the Core Committee, MSA Year Reps, and the MSA Subcommittee Presidents;
– Producing the Freshers’ Guide to be released to September’s first years;
– Keeping the MSA Office organised.
Candidates for this role should be extremely organised and have a good eye for writing, editing, and formatting. Experience with desktop publishing software will also be useful, especially for the Freshers’ Guide!
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The social events director will be expected to coordinate and work with the 2 social events officers to ensure successful and exciting events are provided from the MSA regularly. Furthermore, particularly for larger events, coordination and delegation to the core committee is essential. Overall responsibility of the running of the event will be the directors responsibility.
In addition to overseeing and coordinating social events, the social events director will also oversee and meet regularly the subcommittees and offer support to them when appropriate. Subcommittees of the MSA include:
• MSA Christmas show
• Final Year Committee
• Summer Ball
• Halfway Dinner
Candidates should have significant experience in organising a wide variety of large and smaller events. Furthermore, skills in financial management, teamwork and a sound knowledge of event planning are essential to ensure ultimately events are viable. This is a very active and rewarding role within the committee and comes with a substantial but manageable workload, particularly over the Summer break and Term 1.
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The successful candidates will have a big challenge on their hands from the very beginning of their stint on Events: organising several different events ready for Freshers’ Fortnight, which will require a lot of input over the summer break.
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The Academic Director is an exciting new role within the MSA, encompassing tasks from what used to be VP Academic. The role will entail working closely with the academic team to run various academic revision sessions, events, and courses.
Most importantly the Academic Director will head up the Peer Assisted Learning scheme, recruiting facilitators and overseeing the smooth running of a fast expanding venture. Finally, they will be a point of contact for students to discuss academic concerns with. Overall, the role has a lot of scope for someone who is proactive and passionate!
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– Assess the need for and run events to do with the MBBS curriculum, academic medicine, and medical careers for medical students at GKT;
– Alongside the VP Academic, be an integral part of the two-way link between the School of Medicine and the student body by attending meetings and relaying feedback;
– Work towards the common goals of the GKT MSA.
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The Welfare Officer’s role is to:
– Support, coordinate, and advocate for the MSA Peer Support scheme. This includes publicising the service to students, managing the drop-in rota, fundraising, and assisting with volunteer training and development where needed.
– Work alongside the MSA Social Events team and Publicity Officer to coordinate outreach and publicity events for welfare services.
– Liase with staff, students, and external student welfare groups (notably School of Medicine staff, KCLSU, Counselling Service, Health Centre, etc.) to advocate for improved support provision on Guy’s Campus.
– Increase GKT student awareness of available sources of support. This role requires welfare experience.
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Primarily responsible for the organisation, upkeep, and expansion of the MSA Mums and Dads Scheme and the MSA Peer Support Scheme. They will work under the guidance of the Welfare Director.
– These projects require a considerable amount of organisation, especially in the lead up to the new academic year, so candidates should be ready to hit the ground running. These projects also involve meeting and recruiting large numbers of student volunteers, so people skills and a passion for student support is a must.
Candidates for this position should have a proficiency for computer-based graphic design (i.e. Photoshop/ Publisher/Pages).
– Organise the GKT Freshers’ Fair and Clinical Fair;
– Be in continued communication with GKT sports and societies, and to hold Sports and Societies Fora in order to liaise regularly with them;
– Liaise with student groups regarding Blues and Shields Awards, including applications and decisions;
– Help oversee the use of MSA funds to offer small sponsorship grants to other GKT clubs and societies, by inviting and assessing applications for sponsorship.
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The Sponsorship Officer should be able to persuade even the most tight-fisted of companies to part with their cash to support the MSA, and help the events officers fund their events. They are responsible for maintaining financial support for the society.
This is dynamic job requiring someone with a smooth tongue and lots of contacts!
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