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 to book your place. 

This is the skeleton framework for development for the year, and we’ll be looking to do some one off events in relation to key campaigns being ran by our officers. If you have any suggestions for other workshops that may be beneficial to you, we would love to hear from you! 

October // Induction

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you are currently in, or have recently been to, this session. You should have learnt the basics of being a rep and met some great people in the process. If you have questions or didn’t attend this session, contact the Academic Communities Coordinator whose details can be found on page four of this handbook.

November // Navigating a typical meeting

If you have seen the jargon buster at the back of this handbook, you might be wondering how it all looks in a real meeting. This session will explain these terms in more detail and you will get an opportunity to practice chairing a meeting to help you prepare for the year ahead.

December // Student networks

In this session, you will learn more about the benefits of networking with others, making the most of the support system you have around you, and how to promote wellbeing for others and yourself as an academic rep.

january // current Higher Education Policies

This workshop will give you a chance to explore some of the current policies and headlines in Higher Education and start up conversations which would be useful to have as a rep or if you are interested in working in Higher Education.

April // Careers and Employability Workshop

This is an opportunity to reflect on the year, identify your transferable skills and build this into your CV, as well as think about where to take your rep expertise next.