Personal Development.

This role has tons of impact on your skills development and employability: think time management, influencing and persuading, relationship/stakeholder management, and strategic thinking to name just a few. If you’re engaged and follow our guidance around expectations, you’ll bag that dream job in no time.

In order for you to get the most out of your role, to be as effective as possible and develop skills for your personal benefit, we’ll be running a number of development opportunities throughout the year and would really encourage you to attend.

The below opportunities provide you with an overview of the sessions we will be running but please keep an eye on this page for confirmed dates and times. Email voice@su.rhul.ac.uk to book your place. 


October // Induction

We’ll introduce you to the basics of being an academic rep covering feedback, communication and securing change. You’ll also get a handbook and a t-shirt for you to wear around campus and make yourself visible to the students you represent.

January 22nd // Universities 101

What’s Higher Education all about? What’s the deal with ‘quality’, ‘excellence’ and ‘value for money’? What does the university do with my fees? All these questions and more will be answered in Universities 101. This workshop will give you the space to think about what kind of university you want to see and how you can use your rep role to get there. If you want to think big and make positive change, this workshop is for you! Sign up here

January 29th // Academic Rep Conference

Every year, Academic Rep Conference is based on a prominent theme in higher education. In previous years, this half-day event has created a new feedback policy, and approved and developed the academic representation review. In 2020, conference will be themed around Inclusive Education. Head to the Academic Rep Conference hub for more details!

february 12th // Public speaking

Whether you faint at the thought of a class presentation or regularly give TED talks to audiences of thousands, this session will connect you with other reps to improve your skills in the art of public speaking. With expert input from RHSU President Jack O’Neill, you’ll be able to share your top tips, ask your burning questions and maybe even get in a little bit of practice!

february 26th // Understanding extenuating circumstances

In life, there’s only so much we can control and real life situations can slow us down or stop us in our tracks. What happens when a student’s life hits crisis point? What does this look like in the classroom and workplace? What help is available to students? This interactive workshop will introduce you to extenuating circumstances, formal complaints and interrupting studies, as well as looking into how these issues affect students after they graduate or drop out. Join RHSU's Advice Centre to put your problem-solving skills to the test by analysing students' routes and hurdles in the context of their lives, beliefs and needs. 

March 4th // Negotiation

Effective negotiation is a key part of creating positive change. Build your confidence and flex your negotiating muscles in this skillshare! You’ll have the opportunity to identify the key principles of negotiation and share your tips and tricks with other reps.

March // building communities on campus

Most students arrive at university not knowing anybody at all, so building communities on campus is vital for our success and wellbeing. In this workshop, we’ll be thinking about how loneliness affects our mental health and attainment, the barriers to participation on campus and how we can build thriving, supportive communities.

April // personal development workshop

We're dedicating this workshop to looking at what you've been doing through the year, identifying your transferable skills and looking to the future.