During the course of the days, we’ll be running a number of workshops aimed at our core theme. When registering for the conference, you will need to select one of the two available workshops at each time. Your choosing of workshops won’t limit you on the day – we use the numbers to allow our presenters to have a rough idea of how many people to expect.
Being able to represent the views of those who are different from you is a critical part of the role of an academic rep. This session will introduce power and privilege with the view to furthering the understanding of the platform which is provided to reps and how they can use it to their advantage as an ally for those who ask.
This session is open to all attendees, however it will be aimed at developing the skills of academic representatives so staff may find discussions more useful in the other workshop at this time.
Personal Tutors. For some they are the first point of contact on all issues during their time at university. For others, they are a reliable source to rely on when support is most needed, and for others, Personal Tutors may be something that you know exists but you’re unsure what they are for. What do you understand a Personal Tutor’s role to be, what is working well, and what would be your wishes? Come along to this interactive session considering how students perceive the role of a Personal Tutor and how we as a Students’ Union can actively work with the College to ensure your academic needs, interests and support systems are what you require.
The gap in attainment between Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and white students stands at 18% nationally and 23% locally. Having been a key campaign for the National Union of Students, RHSU was recently accepted onto a national research project which seeks to understand the experiences of BAME students on campus. This session will explore the work being done nationally to address this attainment gap and concentrate on short term solutions that, when used locally, could positively affect BAME experiences on campus.
Commuting students face a physical barrier in engaging with anything on campus – they have to be able to come and go easily, without missing out on the things they want to get involved in. In term one, we launched a research project specifically into the issues that commuting students face, and how we can solve or lessen these issues. Having undertaken research throughout the first part of term, this session will look to educate attendees in the experiences of commuting students and will test some of the proposed outcomes.
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