I am a joint honours student; can I run for Course Rep?

Yes! If you are a joint honours student you can run to be a Course Rep on either and/or both of your course subjects. In some cases there may be a specific joint honours Course Rep role.

If you think you should be eligible for a role but cannot nominate yourself, please email elections@rusu.co.uk.

 

What is a manifesto? For more information on how to write a manifesto

A manifesto is a term used to describe a short statement which tells people more about a candidate and what they want to achieve whilst holding an elected position. It tells students why they should vote for the candidate.

It outlines aims and ideas and is an opportunity for candidates to tell students why they are the best person for the role.

How much time will I have to commit to the role of Course Rep?

Course Reps must complete introductory training at the start of their role; this will involve completing an online training module and attending a training event held in the Students’ Union building.

Course Reps will be expected to attend the Staff Student Liaison Committee (SSLC) which is a meeting that takes place once per term and lasts around 1- 1½ hours.

As a Course Rep, you will put time aside to speak to students on your course to find gain feedback on teaching and learning matters and on support services which directly support the student learning experience. This is largely done by talking to students on your course in your day to day academic life.

In addition, the amount of time a Course Rep will have to commit to their role varies according to any extra training, events or campaigns they want to get involved in.

How much time will I have to commit to the role of School Rep?

School Reps must complete introductory training at the start of their role; this will involve completing an online training module and attending a training event held in the Students’ Union building.

School Reps will be expected to attend the School Board for Teaching & Learning (SBTL) which is a meeting that takes place once per term and lasts around 2 hours. School Reps will also become members on one of the following; University Senate, RUSU Student Voice or a University Working Group. These are likely to meet once per term and last around 1-2 hours.

School Reps will also provide support to a team of elected Course Reps working within their school. They will be expected to convene and chair Course Rep Conventions which will meet once per term and last up to 1 hour.

As a School Rep, you will put time aside to speak to students in your school to find gain feedback on teaching and learning matters and on support services which directly support the student learning experience. This is largely done by talking to students in your school during your day to day life.

In addition, the amount of time a School Rep will have to commit to their role varies. If they are able to, School Reps get involved in activities to support Academic Representation on campus; for example, they may choose to come along to extra training, attend events such as the Teaching & Learning Showcase, promote academic representation on campus or get involved in campaigns to create change.

How much time will I have to commit to the role of Postgraduate (Taught) Part-time Officer

The amount of time a Part-time Officer has to commit to their role varies. It is understood that you are likely to have other commitments and RUSU/University will strive to work around your academic commitments, for example, where possible, RUSU will hold meetings after normal working hours or when you are not on campus, you can participate in meetings via skype.

The Postgraduate (Taught) Part-time Officer will be invited to complete introductory training at the start of their role; this will involve an online training module followed up with a 1-2-1 session with RUSU staff.

The Postgraduate (Taught) Part-time Officer will put time aside to communicate with those students whom you represent and also plan and run campaigns or awareness raising events and activities for the benefit of postgraduate taught students. You will receive support from RUSU staff throughout your time in office.

In addition, you will represent postgraduate taught students within the Students’ Union and the University. The Postgraduate (Taught) Part-time Officer will be a member of the following committees/ groups alongside other elected officers:

- University Student Experience Committee which meets once per term and lasts around 2 hours;

- University Sub-Committee on Student Experience & Employability which normally meets twice per term and lasts around 2 hours;

- RUSU Liberation & Representation Committee (LARC) which meets once per term and lasts around 2 hours, and;

- RUSU Student Voice which meets five times per year and lasts around 2 hours.

The Part-time (Taught) Part-time Officer will be invited to attend the NUS Postgraduate Students’ Annual Conference (RUSU will cover travel/ accommodation expenses). You will also be invited to University Court along with the Full-time Officer team and the rest of the Part-time Officer team.

How much time will I have to commit to the role of Postgraduate (Research) Part-time Officer?

The amount of time a Part-time Officer has to commit to their role varies. It is understood that you are likely to have other commitments and RUSU/University will strive to work around your academic commitments, for example, where possible, RUSU will hold meetings after normal working hours or when you are not on campus, you can participate in meetings via skype.

The Postgraduate (Research) Part-time Officer will be invited to complete introductory training at the start of their role; this will involve an online training module followed up with a 1-2-1 session with RUSU staff.

The Postgraduate (Research) Part-time Officer will put time aside to communicate with those students whom you represent and also plan and run campaigns or awareness raising events and activities for the benefit of postgraduate research students. You will receive support from RUSU staff throughout your time in office.

In addition, you will represent postgraduate research students within the Students’ Union and the University. The Postgraduate (Research) Part-time Officer will be a member of the following committees/ groups alongside other elected officers:

- University Board for Research & Innovation (UBRI) which meets once per term and lasts around 2 hours

- University Student Experience Committee which meets once per term and lasts around 2 hours;

- RUSU Liberation & Representation Committee (LARC) which meets once per term and lasts around 2 hours, and;

- RUSU Student Voice which meets five times per year and lasts around 2 hours.

The Part-time (Research) Part-time Officer will also be invited to attend the Graduate School Representation Group on a termly basis. You may also be invited to attend the University Committee on Postgraduate Research Studies. You will be invited to attend University Court along with the Full-time Officer team and the rest of the Part-time Officer team. You will be able to attend the NUS Postgraduate Students’ Annual Conference (RUSU will cover travel/ accommodation expenses).

 

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