To celebrate all the hard work and dedication of our Academic Reps, each month we highlight one rep who has really gone above and beyond to improve the experience of the students within their department. Congratulations to third-year Law and Social Sciences School Rep Jayden Bookout for receiving Rep of the Month!
To celebrate all the hard work and dedication of our Academic Reps, each month we highlight one rep who has really gone above and beyond to improve the experience of the students within their department.
Academic Reps are voluntary positions elected by you, the student body, and they exist with a specific remit to represent you and give you a voice in your educational experience. Individually and across the four levels, these reps achieve a large number of positive changes to students’ education on a regular basis.
This month, we're celebrating third-year School of Law and Social Sciences Rep, Jayden Bookout!
I have been involved in some form of student government throughout every level of my education, so it seemed fitting to continue on and run for school rep for my final year. I am a big believer in leaving things better than you found them and promoting positive change even if it won’t impact me after graduation.
I would like to continue finding new ways to engage with students and encourage their involvement in department and school-level events. Additionally, I would like to touch base with every senior course rep to check in and prepare for the new year.
This role, in my opinion, shows the ability to balance many different opinions and perspectives. It can be challenging to represent the student voice when not everyone feels the same way, but it is a very important skill that I believe will be useful as I pursue a career in social work.
I really enjoy being able to look behind the scenes! I have learnt so much about how much work staff put into running a course and preparing events that make the student experience the best it can be.
This term, Jayden has been involved in validation process panels as a student curriculum consultant which is one of the reasons Shrey, VP Education, wanted to recognise Jayden as Rep of the Month. We spoke to Jayden about what happens at these panels and the input academic reps can have by providing student voice and input in meetings like these:
"As part of my role as Law and Social Sciences school rep, I have participated in two course validation panels (MSc Social Work and Step Up PG Diploma Social Work & MSc Global Health: Economics and Policy). These panels serve as an opportunity to review the purpose, learning outcomes, and modules for a new course.
It has been an eye-opening experience as I underestimated the amount of effort that staff put in to develop these courses and ensure that students have a positive experience. As students, we tend to pick our optional modules by our interests, career goals, and assessment structure and do not typically consider how these modules came to be. There is a team behind each and every course that has worked very hard to bring it to fruition.
In these meetings, I act as the student curriculum consultant and provide a valuable student perspective. I raise any concerns about issues that students might face or areas that need to be improved before they can begin the course. Although staff were all students once, I understand what it is like to attend university currently and how I expect courses to prepare us for the present job market. It has been great to see that staff and other panel members have been appreciative and receptive to the student voice."
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