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Course rep 2012

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Steph Driscoll

on 31 January 2013

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Transcript of Course rep 2012

Welcome to Course Rep training! Course Rep Training 2012 Issues? To represent the students on your course To take issues to school reps and the Student Union so common problems can be raised at a higher level You also have collective bargaining power Remember, you are a student leader who will be helping other students with problems and issues that arise To assist you with this, we are setting up a Lead and Learn course which will help you gain and improve leadership skills! (and you get a certificate on completion) Meetings Programme committee meetings

As part of your role you will be expected to attend a number of programme committee meetings.

You need to make sure you know when meetings are going to be so keep an eye on your emails (and pop the date in your diary!)

If you have an issue to raise, submit an agenda item for you and your peers to discuss at the meeting.

If you can't attend a meeting, make sure you talk to the other reps so they can raise issues for you and don't forget to submit apologies, its professional behavior. Student staff liaison meetings

These are also known as Course Rep meetings
They are:
Less formal
More regular
Discuss issues such as placement or library issues

They are perfect opportunities to express problems that students may be having.

Attending student staff liaison meetings is important as they give you an opportunity to get your voice heard!

Your lectures really do care about your views and the problems you are having so make sure you talk to them.... its the only way they can help. Before, During and After meetings Preparing for meetings

The important thing is to find out the views of the students before you arrive.

What issues do your course mates want raised?

Make sure the students know you and know how to contact you (a little chat before lectures or seminars could help with this)

Try communicating through group email or social media sites.

A specific course page on Facebook could be useful to voice views and opinions.

Talk to your course mates!

Be proactive: Ask people about their issues. During the meeting

Be punctual professional and polite.

Sit where the chair can easily see you.

Speak clearly and slowly - be prepared.

Sit near your allies.

Make eye contact.

Indicate to the chair when you want to speak.

Take notes.

Notify the chair of any AOB'S (Any Other Business)

Have the agenda and papers ready. After the meetings

Report back.

Publicise what you achieve.

Check minutes of meeting for accuracy.

Make sure any agreements are followed through.

Report back to the SU and your School Reps.

Keep a log (handbook) this will be useful for future reps. Anonymity and confidentiality School Reps School reps are elected by their peers.

School Reps help bring the issues of the Course Reps together, its a very important role.

They engage in University meetings at a high level.

They assist with training and fully engage with the democratic process that UPSU operates within. Network meetings

Once a term.

Meet other Course Reps from your faculty.

School reps gather issues to take to faculty board.

Within the meeting you should hold sabbs to account and seek support from them.

Academic campaigns can be discussed here so if you have an idea for any, make sure you share it here! A variety of issues are likely to arise during your time as a Course Rep

Student Specific

Issues that affect the whole faculty

Course specific

Issues that effect all students You have a number of key roles as a Course Rep, each one as important as the next Your Role Represent the views of students on your course Take issues to School Reps and the Student Union You are a student leader who's job it is to assist other students with any problems or issues that they have. Your influence as a Course Rep is strongest if you work together. Communicate with your peers, other Course Reps, School Reps and Sabbs! Influential and powerful position within the University! Course Reps have Collective bargaining power! Assure students that matters raised are kept anonymous.

If a student comes to you with a personal issue you must keep this confidential (and refer them to SU advice.)

Remember, as a Course Rep you are to be responsible with information.

You shouldn't refer to students by name to make sure issues are kept secret.

Try to be impartial when issues come up.

Any problems, chat to a representative from UPSU.

Remember that on the whole, your lecturers and programme leaders want to hear what students think!

The University needs to listen to its students to provide the best experience – its channels for this are through the course reps, school reps and the SU.

Course reps are the best placed to provide feedback and to advise on the educational experience.

Your role really is of key importance and just by being a Course Rep you are making a huge difference. Opportunities As a student rep you will also get opportunities to take part in many different things Academic discussion groups are often set up by the University throughout the year in order to get the views and opinions of student reps. The groups are a great way to give your feedback directly to the University and get involved with making changes The opportunities you get as a student rep can really help you gain so many skills and knowladge and they look amazing on your CV SSTAR awards are a chance to acknowledge the hard work that both staff (lecturers and admin) and reps do throughout the year and they are organised by UPSU and you! The Lead and Learn programme is organised by Plymouth University and UPSU and helps you improve skills and gain knowledge that can assist you in your current positions and future careers The NSS (National Student Survey) and the SPQ (Student Perception Questionnaire) are channels in which you can shout about the bad and good aspects of your course. This year we want as many students engaged with them as possible so as Student Reps, you have a key role in promoting them. The Plymouth Award recognises achievements outside of the curriculum. You have to engage in 80 hours in the following activities:

•Personal health and wellbeing
•Working life
•Cultural and social awareness
•Supporting the University community Coaching Task Coaching is a process that enables learning and development to occur and thus performance to improve.

To coach, ask socratic questions and let the coachee come up with their own answers

You need to 'coach' the thoughts out of them Contacts All contact are in your course handbooks if you need them.

If you have any specific questions, pop into the Hive and speak to the sabbs or email us on:

Jazz: president@upsu.com




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