Gain skills and contribute to the community
Reps who participate in the training and attend meetings will gain the most from the role. As a Rep you will:
- Affect positive change.
- Strengthen your C.V and develop transferable professional skills via the Student Representative training programme.
- Develop meaningful connections with members of the SOAS community, both inside and outside the classroom.
- Expand and enrich your experience as part of the SOAS community.
- Gain an insight into how higher education institutions function.
- Receive a Personal Reference Letter on successful completion of your role.
Gaining influence and insight
Representatives can affect real, lasting positive change and through doing so in a supportive and inclusive environment, develop a whole range of transferable skills and experiences for the future workplace while working with and on behalf of your academic community to enhance the student experience.
Representatives help build a strong sense of community with fellow students, whether by getting immediate issues dealt with, campaigning for change in HE, or, by organising events that bring students together. Being a Representative is not just about solving problems. You have a platform to do something special with peers who share your interests and passion for change.
Professional training - transferable skills
All Representatives will receive a training session from the Students’ Union, provided at the start of Term 1, which prepares students for the role and provides an opportunity for Representatives to meet one another and form connections early in the academic year. All Representatives are also provided with the option to undertake a selection of Professional Skills training workshops provided by SOAS’ Staff Development team. While useful to Representatives, these sessions provide skills and training opportunities that are useful beyond the work you undertake as a Representative.
Professional Personal Reference
At the end of the academic year, on successful completion of your role, all Representatives will receive an individual Personal Reference Letter from the Representation and Research Coordinator within the Students’ Union. The reference will outline the training sessions you have completed and any official additional responsibilities you undertook throughout the academic year.