Rep Employability

What is the DSU Student Rep Development Scheme?

This is a new development scheme for Course Reps and it is an interactive way to get students involved within student representation by using a points system. Students accumulate points for taking part in activities which will determine whether they get a Bronze, Silver or Gold Accreditation. 

How to gain points:

Submitting a ‘Win’ [10 points per win]

 

Attending Course Rep Conference [20 points]

Genuine act that benefits a student(s) (Decided by Student Voice) [20 points per act]

Attending a social [20 points for each social]

 

Attending an Education Council [30 points for each council attended]

Successfully logging in ALL Course Rep Hours with DSU Volunteering [30 points] - https://www.demontfortsu.com/activities/volunteering/profile/

 

Presenting a motion in Education Council [35 points]

Completing the Student Rep Accreditation Survey [35 points]

Winning Course Representative of the Month [50 points]

 

 

Minimum Engagement for Course Reps:

 

Minimum Engagement for Bronze Accreditation:

Attend a Course Rep Conference [20 points]

Attend one Education Council [30 points]

Complete the Student Rep Accreditation/Evaluation Survey at the end of the year [35 points]

 

Minimum Engagement for Silver Accreditation:

Attend a Course Rep Conference [20 points]

Attend at least one Education Council [30 points]

Evidence of successfully logging in at least 10 Course Rep Hours with DSU Volunteering [30 points]

Complete the Student Rep Accreditation/Evaluation Survey at the end of the year [35 points]

 

Minimum Engagement for Gold Accreditation:

Attend a Course Rep Conference [20 points]

Attend at least one Education Council [30 points]

Evidence of successfully logging in 15 Course Rep Hours with DSU Volunteering [30 points]

Complete the Student Rep Accreditation/Evaluation Survey at the end of the year [35 points]

 

 

 

Employability

It is very important to understand that employers favour students who take part in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, with participating in student representation being one of the extra-curricular activities that employers highly respect. They love to see students putting themselves forward to represent their students. However they are not only interested in seeing students getting involved but also how students articulate the skills they have developed. These are a few of the many skills you will develop as a Student Representative: 

  • Leadership – As a Student Rep you will be representing the needs of your students and taking their issues to different university committees. Putting yourself forward to be responsible for those you represent is leadership, which employers consider to be a key competency to have.
  • ?Communication – Constant communication with the people you represent is vital to be an effect student rep. The role will help you improve your verbal and written skills which again employers value as a key competency to have.
  • Problem Solving – As a student rep you will be collecting feedback from students. You will be aware of the issues that students face on course and you will be presenting these problems in your SSCC meetings or any encounters you have with academic staff and solving them. This is a skill that employers love to see.
  • Organisation/Time Management – To be able to fit your student representation commitments around your degree is a great still to develop. It is all about managing your time well. Organisational skills and time management is a great competency to have and something that employers seek within students.
  • Meeting Skills – As a student rep you will be sitting on quite a few meetings. It is always great to understand the structure of formal meetings, the need of a ‘chair’ and how work gets done through actions and agenda minutes. It is always good to familiarise yourself with these.
  • Confidence – When communicating your GREAT work to the students you represent, you may find yourself making announcements in lectures. This will help you work on your public speaking skills and lift up your confidence.  Again, a great skill to have.