The following Rep Development Scheme sessions will be taking place during Lent Term. Make sure you have completed your online registration and training first.
Training session for reps and open to other students. We will look at negotiation techniques and how to get the best possible results. This will include effective communication strategies, knowing reasonable outcomes as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss how to apply these techniques within your role as a rep.
We will explore the reasons why students do and don’t engage. It will focus on generating innovative and often very simple ideas to overcome barriers to participation and to further engage your fellow students. Student apathy is a myth!
In this session, seasoned users of social media will advise on the best ways of putting it to use to get across your message or engage with the students you represent. We will share ideas and initiatives on how to promote campaigns, events and opportunities creatively.
We will explore what assertiveness is and get clear about what it is not. We will also discuss some of the perceived barriers to being assertive and look at some strategies and techniques to adopt to help with these barriers.
Skills session that will explore the power of relationships when bringing about change and how to sustain this through networks, leadership styles and collaborations. After all, if you aren’t talking to people you aren’t representing them. How to understand the students you represent and frame their issues effectively to nudge those in power towards your vision.
This session will look at tried and tested techniques used by activists and campaigners to achieve the change you’d like to see. Additionally we will explore ways to gather grass roots support and communicate your campaign, and hopefully, your success!
Skills session exploring some of the diversity and cultural differences and beliefs of students; covering areas such as race, nationality, gender, religion, values, ethics, communication, cross-cultural (mis)perceptions and stereotypes. Participants will gain an understanding of the wide and diverse range of the students they represent.
What can reps do to be more effective in their roles? This session will look at gaining and feeding back information as well as identifying and sharing best practice. How can you be more visible and accessible to your students. How can you prioritise issues and engage professionally with your department.
How do academic reps have power to make change? This session will explore and explain the different levels of the student democratic structures to help you understand how you can make your voice heard. Including: education assembly, student juries, faculty forums, department meetings.
For all Level Two sessions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For Reps who have already achieved Gold Status or postgraduate reps who have been engaged in the scheme last year and want to take it up a level. This session will explain how to make the most of platinum opportunities; exploring how to contribute to, or improve, the RDS as well as enhancing your personal skills development and experiences.
A session aimed at established reps, who want to take a deep look into their department’s survey data, and consider what it tells us, and how it can be used. Advance booking essential so we can tailor the information to your particular department’s results.
A session to learn about how to deliver training sessions to groups. It will offer knowledge and skills to help you become an effective facilitator. Some reps may wish to go on to offer training sessions as part of the scheme to develop your experience while supporting other reps (worth two sessions).
This session will look as key aspects of managing teams such as delegation, matching skills and abilities with tasks, maintaining motivation and collating the output of their activities. Some reps may wish to go on to become a team leader of rep projects to put some of this learning into practice and build experience of managing volunteers.