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Course Rep Conference 2019

On Tuesday 4 February 2019 at 09:15-16:45, Worcester Students' Union will be holding its annual Course Rep Conference. Reps will be asked to meet at 09:15 in EEG162 for registration and a welcome talk by our Vice Chancellor, David Green. 

The Conference is an excellent opportunity for Reps to learn new transferable skills, attend a high-level panel debate, meet with the most senior members of the University, and network with other Reps. 

Are you a Course Rep and interested in attending? Book online TODAY!  The deadline to book yourself a place on the Conference is at 9am on Friday 1st February 2019.  

Agenda

09:15-09:55 - Registration and Welcome

09:55-10:55 - Morning Development Session (you get to choose which session you attend. For the full list, scroll down!)

11:00-12:30 - Panel Debate 

With Deputy Vice Chancellor, Sarah Greer, Pro Vice Chancellor, Ross Renton, and NUS's Vice President for Higher Education, Amatey Doku. 

The Panel Debate will themed around the following topics:

  • Inclusion in Higher Education (e.g. financial, mature students, BME students, LGBTQ+ students): how is the University catering for YOU, specifically? 
  • Value for money is top of the media agenda in Higher Education. What does value for money mean to you? 
  • What should the future of the University of Worcester look like? 

12:30-13:00 - Free Networking Lunch in The Hangar 

13:15-14:15 - School-specific session (where you can meet other Reps in your School and think about School-specific issues and targets)

14:20-15:20 - Afternoon Development Session (you get to choose which session you attend. For the full list, scroll down!)

15:25-15:45 - Pro Vice Chancellor Students to Close Conference 

15:45-16:45 - All Student Meeting in EEG089 

 

Reps will have the opportunity to attend one morning development session and one afternoon development session (see below). Reps will be allocated to sessions on a first come, first serve basis. Therefore, if you have one session in particular that you really would love to attend, book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment! 

 

Morning Development Sessions

Understanding your strengths for future career success

This session will help you understand what makes students employable, and in particular aims to help you understand your own strengths, as a number of large organisations use strength based interview as part of their recruitment process. Lastly, it will remind you about the services Careers and Employability offers so you can pass this on to others in your group.

Who is University for? My role in transforming lives

This session will enable you to: 

  • Understand the work that the University does to support applicants pre-entry
  • Gain insight into the national policy on access and participation in Higher Education
  • Review the University of Worcester targets for improving student experience and outcomes for students
  • Share ideas and opinions and start to shape how the University supports students, from thinking about applying to graduation and beyond
  • Define the role that Course Reps have in designing and delivering the University's strategy for access and inclusion

Effective communication in the role of Course Rep

This session will help you to understand how to communicate effectively in your role of Course Rep and to be able to demonstrate this. The session will also teach you how you can control and successfully deal with nerves.

Effective Participation in the University's Quality and Enhancement Processes 

This session will give you an overview of how the quality and enhancement process works within the University, and how your role as a Course Rep feeds into this. We will look at how your views are gathered, and what happens next.

 

Afternoon Development Sessions

Self-care for the Course Rep

This session will help you to: 

  • Understand key aspects of well-being and maintaining mental health
  • Learn and consider some skills for managing time, and own stress/anxiety levels 
  • Know when/how/where to refer students for further support around well-being and mental health

Your Course and the United Nations - How can I change the world?

The Students' Union and the University are now both reporting annually on our progress towards the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals. The aim of the goals is to alleviate world poverty, create an equal world that does not do harm to the planet. 

The United Nation's 17 SDGs, endorsed by 190 countries, include affordable and clean energy, climate action, but also wider goals like ensuring inclusive and equitably quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all, gender equality, health and well-being, and sustainable cities and communities. 

This interactive session will review the goals and look at how your course addresses the issues and opportunities to develop shared interdisciplinary projects. The University of Worcester is already seen as a leader in the field of sustainability. Be part of something global. You have a unique opportunity as students from different disciplines to come together to solve University problems, or Worcester problems, or world problems.

Where did all the time go? Understanding time management

This session will help you to:

  • Understand how to manage your time as a student and course rep, and to facilitate an understanding of what time management entails 
  • Assess your own ability to manage time and commit to personal time management goals for the future

Meeting structures and practicing professionalism

This session will enable you to be effective and confident in your role at meetings, including the ability to chair meetings professionally. You will explore the different types of meetings you will be attending as a Course Rep, and you will be given an understanding of meeting jargon and meeting etiquette.

 

For more information or if you have any questions about the Conference, please contact our Student Voice Assistant, Jodie, at j.stilgoe@worc.ac.uk.