The following titles give you a taste of the training opportunities we provide our Course and Departmental Representatives. All Representatives are required to attend the first session which is an Introduction to the principles of representation. This will cover the requirements of been a Rep, skills and techniques to engage students, how to be visible to students, how to make change happen and how to feedback to students. For those of you who have been a Rep before, you can attend a shorter refresher session.
We then offer the following eight optional sessions which are a great way to enhance your abilities as a Rep. They also look fantastic on your C.V.!
Departmental Representative training
Compulsory for Departmental Reps, this session covers:
- What is Faculty Board?
- Suitable issues for faculty
- Representing your department
How to be an effective member of a committee/meeting. This session covers:
- Structuring and controlling a meeting
- Chairing a meeting
- Consensus seeking
- Decision making
Research and campaign training
How to research an issue and campaign on it. This session covers:
- Why research
- What next? Analysis and write-up
Key skills to engage students
Student apathy is a big issue. This session covers:
- Engaging PT/PG/Mature Students
- Dealing with apathy
- Get known!
- Engaging Demographics
Identifying strengths, weaknesses and targets
This personal development session is brilliant for recognising your strengths and areas for improvement. It enables you to reflect on:
- Where are you at?
- Where should you be?
- Where do you want to be?
- What is next?
Dealing with difficult situations
Coaching conversations to handle difficult situations. This session covers:
- Use examples of tricky conversations
- Pacing conversation—think first!
- Child/Parent Dynamics
Rounding up the year
Making the most going forward! This session covers:
- What have you achieved this year?
- Course Rep Survey
- Departmental end of year report
- Recognising your volunteering
- Get Course Representation on your CV & selling yourself
- Stand next year?
Key skills for Periodic Reviewers
This session is run by the University and is compulsory for students who are members of the Periodic Reviewer Pool.
Education Zone training
Compulsory for members of the Education Zone. This session covers:
- University Politics & committees
- Quality and university procedures (inc. Periodic Review)
- QAA, audits and submissions
- Advocacy (influencing policy)
- Engaging Demographics