On Wednesday the 16 October 2019, the Students’ Guild, led by VP Education, Penny Dinh, proudly hosted its annual Academic Rep Leadership Conference.
The Leadership Conference, which featured talks from external speakers, workshops and mini sessions, gives new and existing student leaders a useful insight into how they can use their role to enhance the student experience. It is a great chance to start off the year as an Academic Rep, discussing how to work with subject departments to achieve aims, and how to engage students and encourage them to take ownership of their academic experience through their student leaders.
Ayesha Majeed, College Officer for College of Medicine and Health was one of the attendees on the day and said: “We attended workshops and mini sessions at the AcRep leadership conference 2019, where interesting topics such as closing the feedback loop, student rights and diversity are prioritized themes and topics. These are presented by motivational and awe-inspiring speakers from across the nation! Join AcRep conference next year to get exposed to better ways of doing things! It was very engaging, and I enjoyed it very much!”
During a busy academic year where these student leaders are constantly juggling their own studies alongside their leadership commitments, it was fantastic to be able to get everyone in the same room to share their thoughts and experiences and to reaffirm the great work they do within the University.
Associate Editor of Wonkhe, Jim Dickinson, who is a regular contributor to AdvanceHE’s leadership skills for governance programme, joined the conference as one of its keynote speakers, sharing his experiences, words of wisdom and inspiration to our aspiring student leaders. Jim, along with other speakers and workshops, were very well received and the Guild has been delighted at the feedback received since the conference took place.
Penny Dinh, who worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the event, commented later: “It was fantastic to meet our reps and student leaders, all of whom are so passionate about using their role to improve the academic experience of other students. I was especially chuffed to see so many students interested in BAME representation and tackling the BAME attainment gap during my session about Role Models in Higher Education. I’m really excited to work with all of the reps and student leaders this academic year and carry on the momentum we created at the conference.”
To find out more about the event including videos and feedback, follow Penny on both Twitter and Facebook. We look forward to holding more, similar events for our student body in the near future.