There are loads of reasons why students run for roles in the RUSU Elections, and we often hear from our Reps how taking on a role while at Uni can be a real CV booster. But what we didn’t expect, having spoken to Reps from past years, were the ways that Rep roles can pay off now and in the future.
Involving yourself in extra-curricular activities as soon as you start school can bring great advantages to help nurture your interests as a person and can often develop you to be a more well-rounded individual. But, particularly when you get to university, indulging in a passion, getting involved in sports, societies or representation alongside your studies can seem like an obvious path for some. Though not everyone will immediately see the benefits of how participating in something you don’t get paid for, can actually bring you abundant opportunities at university and into the future! Graduate employers are often looking for that ‘extra’ something and becoming a RUSU Rep or Sabbatical Officer, can bring career-boosting benefits too.
Regardless of your motive, getting involved with your Students’ Union can have many positive outcomes. Read on to find out a few good reasons why you won’t regret running for a Rep role this year.
Meet new people
Standing in an election may be daunting for some, but they don’t have to be when you’re surrounded by like-minded people, who are in fact, very supportive and often care about similar things you do!
Join a community
You may not find a sports club or society that suits you, so why not look to a community that you are already a part of - your Students’ Union and immerse yourself as a member. Whether you’re a Full or Part-time Officer, School Rep or Student Trustee - representatives come together throughout the year to meet, share experiences and learn new skills.
Last but by no means least, have your say and raise the student voice to make sure positive change is enacted and leave a legacy for future students.
Stand up and stand out
Don’t just take it from us, hear what one RUSU Rep had to say about her experience last year:
Throughout the year, I have felt myself developing both personally and professionally as a Rep. From participating in, and chairing meetings, to communicating with fellow students in a reasoned and polite manner when asking for feedback, my role as a Rep has allowed me to grow as a person and provide many skills which will enhance my CV. I have learnt how to develop a reasoned argument for something we as students feel needs changing and to deliver it in a sympathetic way, as well as being reasonable and empathetic in considering others' points of view.
Step up to Senior Rep
Brand new for this year, is the Senior Rep role, which refreshes the School Rep position. For 2020 this will be similar to the former School Rep position, with all the same responsibilities but crucially with shared responsibility with one other. There will be double the amount of UG Senior Rep roles on offer, with two per school available to run for per school and x4 for Henley Business School, so 32 in total (to now include the School of International and Study Language Institute).
In essence, this role oversees the Course Reps, is responsible for chairing meetings and attending SBTLSE (School Board for Teaching & Learning & Student Experience) School level meetings but they will also be responsible for things like quality processes such as the opportunity to contribute to TEF submissions and Periodic Review Panel submissions too. This essentially is a job share role but has an elevated position. It is desirable that you may have been a Course Rep or some kind of Rep previously, but this is not essential in order for you to run. Plus, whatever role you run for, you will be able to take part in our new RUSU Rep recognition scheme too to reward you for all your hard work!
Nominations for this year’s elections are open from Monday 13th January at 10am and close on Friday 7th February at 15:00. To put yourself forward this year visit RUSU elections.