Alex Hovden

Alex Hovden

Hi! My name is Alex Hovden, and I’m the Union President for the year ahead. The Union exists to unlock the potential end enrich the lives of every student. Yes, that means YOU! My job as President is to ensure that the Union is achieving that goal through everything it does, on a political level and also on a strategic and operational level. I also act as a representative of students on several important University committees.

But that’s not all that I do. Like my fellow full-time officers, I was elected on a manifesto to make an impact on your lives as students. My focus areas for this year are to build a Union that you can feel a part of and feel empowered to make change happen, build a Union that you can be sure is working hard on your behalf, and finally to build a Union that is sustainable and forward-thinking.

About the Role

Do you have what it takes to be Union President? This demanding position allows you to really impact the shape and direction of the Students' Union. As President you are the leader of the Sabbatical Officers and your role is to bring out the best in your team, so that together you are able to make maximum impact on improving the lives of students. You also provide the important link between the officers and staff of the Union.


  • Provide overall responsibility for the Union, leading on the interests of the Union as a whole.
  • Act as the figurehead of the Union, being the public spokesperson and managing relations locally.
  • Provide leadership to the Sabbatical Team.
  • Chair the Trustee Board.
  • Be responsible for the finances of the Union (includes, staffing and events).

Plans and Progress

United Union
High-profile political speaker series
State of the Union speeches
A fresh look at Transparency and Accountability
President's Communication Plan
More Powerful, Bolder Union
Decentralised Union
Proper break between Sem 1 and Sem 2
Grassroots led campaigns
Stronger Union for the future
Financial sustainability
Student Groups review
Open Data
Union App
Miscellaneous projects
Consultation on ongoing volunteer recognition
Mental health campaigning
Governance review
FTO + Zone review


  • What’s happening about Sleeping Pods??

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    16 March 2017

  • 6 months in – progress update

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    13 January 2017

  • Do you want a break between Semester 1 & 2??

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    9 January 2017

  • FINALISTS – Let’s talk about Grad Ball 2017!

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    7 December 2016

  • All Student Vote update – Branding…

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    30 November 2016

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  • Mark Cole

    Mark Cole

    Student Trustee

  • Rebecca James

    Rebecca James

    Student Trustee

  • Lii Mohamed

    Lii Mohamed

    Student Trustee

  • Hadeeka Taj

    Hadeeka Taj

    Student Trustee


  • Creative Industries Zone

    Responsible for developing and supporting Performing Arts, Student led media, Student led film production and cinema, Visual Arts, Written Arts find out more

  • Democracy Zone

    Responsible for developing and supporting The Constitution, Union Elections, Student Group principles and affiliations, Decision making processes find out more

  • Education Zone

    Responsible for developing and supporting Faculty representation systems, Lobbying on University wide educational policy issues, Lobbying on national educational policy issues find out more

  • External Engagement Zone

    Responsible for developing and supporting Student led fundraising, Student Enterprise activity, Social Enterprise activity, Community Action and volunteering, External Community engagement find out more

  • Operations and Services Advisory Forum

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  • Sports Development Zone

    Responsible for developing and supporting Elite and competitive sport and Participation in sport find out more

  • Student Communities Zone

    Responsible for developing and supporting International students, Post Graduate students, students in halls and 1st years in Private Rented accomodation, Students at sites, Diversity campaigns and culture find out more

  • Student Life Zone

    Responsible for developing and supporting Peer to Peer groups, including Nightline, Housing campaigns, Student Financial Support, Student health find out more

  • Sustainability Zone

    The purpose of the Sustainability Zone is to ensure a balance of social, environmental and economic development within SUSU and for our members. find out more

  • Trustee Board

    Responsible for the overall strategy and running of the union, including financial, commercial, communication and staffing matters. find out more

  • Union Senate

    Union Senate is the political oversight body for the Union. It monitors the work of the Zone Committees, Union Officers and Trustee Board, monitors major expenditure by the Union and takes decisions on major Union issues. find out more