Student Reps!

Hi everyone!

It’s that time of year again when we need to think about student representatives. The student rep roles are very important–they are your voice and advocate for your interests on the programme. We convene Staff Student Liaison Committees in which you guys, via your reps, raise issues–the good, the bad and the ugly–about your experiences on the programme.

For our 2015 cohort, our student reps are Wanda and Sam. Wanda and Sam: are you happy to continue in this role?
For our 2016 cohort, you guys need to select your reps–we need two people. Maybe it would be good if Wanda and Sam can say a little about their experiences to date to give you an idea of what you’d be getting yourself into by being a student rep. Also, here’s a handy guide from EUSA on being a student rep.

Do let me know what you decide–I have to let the higher ups know the names of the student reps by the end of September.

Best wishes

Akwugo

 on  September 13th, 2016

  3 comments for “Student Reps!

  1. SAMANTHA WOOD
    SAMANTHA WOOD
    September 14, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Hi all, welcome back!
    I’d be happy to continue in this role for the 2015 cohort if it suits everyone else.
    As for what you’re getting yourself into, the EUSA video is a pretty accurate representation. The role entails listening to your course mates and documenting what they love about the programme, what they’re struggling with etc. Last semester we organized a live online chat for anyone that could attend (using email for those who couldn’t make it), and then Wanda and I had a Skype ‘Student Staff Liaison Meeting’ meeting with Akwugo and updated her with all of the anonymous feedback. Afterwards we updated everyone on what we had discussed and let them know what actions had been taken as a result. I found the session to be really worthwhile and lots of important issues were raised. Wanda and I were also available all semester long for any students that wanted to contact us. I’d say the time commitment was about 3-5 hours per semester. All it takes is a bit of time, active listening, accurate documentation, and a commitment to confidentiality. I think if you’re motivated to represent the interests of your course mates in order to contribute to positive change and improve the student experience, then you’d probably like this role 🙂

  2. Hannah Stevenson
    September 16, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Hi everyone!

    Thank you for the blurb about your experience, Sam! The role sounds really interesting and I would be more than happy to be one of the reps for the 2016 cohort, assuming no one has issues with that or has already stated that they would like to take on the roles.

    I’m looking forward to this new semester and working with you all again 🙂

  3. Akwugo Emejulu
    Akwugo Emejulu
    September 20, 2016 at 9:30 am

    That’s great you guys!

    Thanks for agreeing to continue in your role, Sam, and welcome aboard, Hannah!

    I’ll wait a few more days about the student reps and then I’ll pass your names to my colleagues.

    Akwugo

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