The opportunity to lead a student council at university was one I never thought would be available to me, yet alone one that I would pursue. After being a management subject representative in my second year of the BSc Business & Management programme, it felt natural to apply for the subject chair role, commencing in my final year.
As a team, we adopted an adaptative rather than project led approach to improving students’ academic experience. We have worked on all aspects of the department, from assessments to feedback, to misconduct and career development. Delegating to reps allowed me to motivate them to pursue tasks in context of the wider purpose; we act as a bridge between a large management cohort (over 3000) and the staff of the department.
Having a voice to make change has been highly rewarding and I recommend anyone interested to apply for the subject representative or subject chair role for the next academic year. It will allow you to make an impact, work and meet like-minded individuals, and enhance your university experience with a story to tell at the end.