Being a Rep in Lockdown
We understand that being a Student Rep this year has brought additional challenges. That is why we have created this guide to being a digital rep. We hope these handy tips will help you navigate how to make the most of your role and effectively represent students in these digital times.
Keeping in regular contact with the students you represent is key to both gathering feedback from them and in closing the feedback loop.
- Try a variety of methods – emails, social media, Microsoft Teams, Zoom.
- Consider the various positions students on your course will be in.
- Get in touch with other Student Reps to share best practice and for peer support.
- Create a virtual group for your course.
- Keep communications consistent and clear.
It is important that you set boundaries for students to understand how and when they can contact you. By setting out clear expectations of you as a Rep as early as possible, students will understand that if they message you outside of your usual hours, or on a personal social media account, they aren’t to expect an immediate response.
Setting boundaries for yourself is also a vital aspect of self-care. As we are all working from home, you may be finding it difficult to switch off outside of your working hours. If you can relate to this, you could try setting aside dedicated time for your role, for example by writing this into your diary and blocking out time in your calendar.
Prepare for Online Meetings
While meetings are held online, it is important that you understand specifically how to prepare for and attend online meetings. This is where your Students’ Guild’s Safe Community Charter for Online Meetings comes in handy - take a look through this guidance ahead of your next SSLC, SPB or PGRLF.
Ask for Help
If you are struggling to get feedback or have any questions around your role, talk to us. We are here to support you!
You can contact us at any time Monday-Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm by: