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Training, experience, reward and recognition for full time and part-time officers and representatives.

Training, experience, reward and recognition for full time and part-time officers and representatives.

Guild Officer Benefits

Take the next step on your student journey.

Elected roles in Academic Representation, Guild Council or Trustee Board are a fantastic opportunity to provide a service to the University and student community, as well as gaining skills and experience for yourself.

You’ll be able to demonstrate experience gained, skills learned and developed, making you more employable in the future.

Each student receives at least two hours of skills-based induction training, and can explore additional training opportunities including those set out in the Exeter Award.

  • FULL-TIME POSITIONS

    What We Offer

    Employability

    The fulltime elected positions (Sabbatical officers) are a fantastic opportunity to provide a service to the University and student community, as well as gaining skills and experience for yourself.

    The skills gained from being an elected Sabbatical Officer are transferable to many future opportunities and roles, but are specifically useful for those looking to pursue a career in diplomacy, advocacy, managerial or promotional work.

    Experience Gained

    - Gain experience in decision making, in a large, complex organisation;
    - Gain experience in processing and analysing large amount of information;
    - Gain knowledge of and demonstrate specialist understanding of policies, both in terms of understanding existing policies and through drafting and passing new policy.

    Skills Demonstrated

    - Demonstrate a personable and approachable style;
    - Demonstrate knowledge and practical application of diplomacy and being assertive;
    - Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and resilience.

    Skills Developed

    - Develop communication and interpersonal skills by building rapport with peers and staff from a wide range of backgrounds;
    - Develop skills in persuasion, negotiation and influencing;
    - Develop skills in active listening and advocacy.

    Training

    Sabbatical Officers receive induction training upon their election, and are encouraged to use other ongoing development opportunities throughout their role, such as handbooks, online materials and activities, learning logs and additional training through the Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award. Sabbatical Officers receive support from the support staff at the Students’ Guild.

    A timetable of the main 2-hour training sessions will be made available soon.

    Opportunities

    All Reps and Officers are given a variety of additional advantages and opportunities over the course of the Academic Year.

    Mirror Scheme

    A chance to shadow Senior University and Guild Staff members (e.g. The ViceChancellor and CEO of the Student’s Guild). There are opportunities to work in a variety of areas including Communications, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Academia.

    Reward and Recognition

    Guild Awards are held every year to recognise exceptional engagement from students, including elected Reps and Officers.

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  • PART-TIME POSITIONS

    WHAT WE OFFER

    Employability

    Elected roles on Guild Council or Trustee Board are a fantastic opportunity to provide a service to the University and student community, as well as gaining skills and experience for yourself.

    The skills gained from being an elected Officer or Representative are transferable to many future opportunities and roles, but are specifically useful for those looking to pursue a career in diplomacy, advocacy, promotional or managerial work.

    Experience Gained

    - Gain experience in decision making, in a large, complex organisation;
    - Gain experience in processing and analysing large amounts of information - Gain knowledge of and demonstrate specialist understanding of policies, both in terms of understanding existing policies and through drafting and passing new policy
    - Gain experience in managing and running meetings.

    Skills Demonstrated

    - Demonstrate a personable and approachable style;
    - Demonstrate knowledge and practical application of diplomacy and being assertive;
    - Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and resilience.

    Skills Developed

    - Develop communication and interpersonal skills by building rapport with peers and staff from a wide range of backgrounds;
    - Develop skills in persuasion, negotiation and influencing;
    - Develop skills in active listening and advocacy.

    Training

    Reps and Officers receive 2 hours of induction training upon their election, and are encouraged to use other ongoing development opportunities throughout their role, such as handbooks, online materials and activities and additional training through the Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award. Reps and Officers receive support from the full-time salaried Officers and from support staff at the Students’ Guild.

    A timetable of the main 2-hour training sessions will be made available soon.

    Opportunities

    All Reps and Officers are given a variety of additional advantages and opportunities over the course of the Academic Year.

    Mirror Scheme

    A chance to shadow Senior University and Guild Staff members (e.g. The ViceChancellor and CEO of the Student’s Guild). There are opportunities to work in a variety of areas including Communications, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Academia.

    Reward and Recognition

    Each month, an Officer who has made a notable contribution to the Student Voice will receive the Officer of the Month Award, be featured on the Guild Website and receive a variety of prizes.

    Guild Awards are held every year to recognise exceptional engagement from students, including elected Reps and Officers. Additional training and development opportunities Further skills development training, in areas such as time management and leadership skills, is available. Elected Reps and Officers can use the hours spent doing the role and any associated training towards the Exeter Award or Exeter Leaders Award.

  • ACADEMIC POSITIONS

    COLLEGE OFFICER

    What We Offer

    Employability

    The role of College Officer is a fantastic opportunity to provide a service to the University and student community, as well as gaining key skills and experience for yourself. Below are just a few examples of what benefits being a College Officer can provide:

    Experience Gained

    - Gain experience in leadership and decision-making in a large, complex organisation;
    - Gain experience in chairing meetings and assertiveness;
    - Gain experience in influencing University-level policy making;
    - Gain knowledge of, and demonstrate specialist understanding of, University policies.

    Skills Demonstrated

    Demonstrate a personable and approachable style;
    - Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and resilience;
    - Demonstrate high-level organisational and time management skills.

    Skills Developed

    - Develop communication and interpersonal skills, such as active listening and building rapport with peers and staff from a wide range of backgrounds;
    - Develop leadership skills and techniques, learning to coordinate and where appropriate, manage, a diverse team of Chairs and Reps;
    - Develop skills in persuasion, negotiation and influencing. The skills gained from being a College Officer are transferable to many future opportunities and roles, but are particularly useful for those looking to pursue any career with an aspect of leadership or management.

    Opportunities

    All Academic Reps are given a variety of additional advantages and opportunities over the course of the Academic Year.

    Mirror Scheme

    A chance to shadow Senior University and Guild Staff members (e.g. The ViceChancellor and CEO of the Students’ Guild). There are opportunities to work in a variety of areas including Communications, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Academia.

    Leadership Conference

    Exclusive to students involved in Academic Representation, the Leadership Conference brings together guest speakers to deliver workshops on subjects ranging from effective campaigning to conflict management, and provides a range of transferrable skills.

    Benefits of Role
    AcRep Hello

    All reps are also invited to the Annual AcRep Hello, an evening event bringing together those involved in Academic Representation. This event provides attendees an opportunity to meet with reps from other subjects and colleges over food and drink.

    Reward and Recognition

    VP Education Awards are held each year to reward the work of exceptional reps, Chairs, and College Officers. Winners and nominees are invited to an Awards evening, and given the chance to network with senior University and Guild staff.

    Additional training and development opportunities

    All College Officers must complete induction training before beginning their role, and receive a Handbook with tips and information on how to perform their role throughout the year. All College Officers are supported jointly by their College’s Student Engagement Officer and the Academic Impact Co-ordinators from the Guild, who are both available for regular help and advice. Further skills development training, such as time management and leadership skills, is available. College Officers are encouraged to use the hours completing this role and any associated training towards the Exeter Award or Exeter Leaders Award. After completing the Leaders Award, College Officers can progress onto an ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) course to further their development in leadership and management.

    Many students use the experience and knowledge they gain from being a College Officer to progress to another role, such as a Guild Sabbatical Officer.


    SUBJECT CHAIR

    What We Offer

    Employability

    The role of Subject Chair is a fantastic opportunity to provide a service to the University and student community, as well as gaining skills and experience for yourself. Below are just a few examples of what benefits being a Subject Chair can provide:

    Experience Gained

    - Gain experience in leadership and decision-making in a large, complex organisation;
    - Gain experience in chairing meetings and assertiveness;
    - Gain knowledge of and demonstrate specialist understanding of University policies respective of any SSLC portfolio work undertaken.

    Skills Demonstrated

    - Demonstrate a personable and approachable style;
    - Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and resilience;
    - Demonstrate organisational and time management skills.

    Skills Developed

    - Develop communication and interpersonal skills, such as active listening and building rapport with peers and staff from a wide range of backgrounds;
    - Develop leadership skills and techniques, learning to coordinate and, where appropriate, manage a diverse team of reps;
    - Develop skills in persuasion, negotiation and influencing.
    The skills gained from being a Subject Chair are transferable to many future opportunities and roles, but are particularly useful for those looking to pursue any career with an aspect of leadership or management.

    Opportunities

    All academic Reps are given a variety of additional advantages and opportunities over the course of the Academic Year.

    Mirror Scheme

    A chance to shadow Senior University and Guild Staff members (e.g. The Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the Students’ Guild). There are opportunities to work in a variety of areas including Communications, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Academia.

    Leadership Conference

    Exclusive to students involved in Academic Representation, the Leadership Conference brings together guest speakers to deliver workshops on subjects ranging from effective campaigning to conflict management, and provides a range of transferrable skills.

    Benefits of Role

    AcRep Hello

    All reps are also invited to the Annual AcRep Hello, an evening event bringing together those involved in Academic Representation. This event provides attendees an opportunity to meet with reps from other subjects and colleges over food and drink.

    Reward and Recognition

    - VP Education Awards are held each year to reward the work of exceptional reps and Chairs. Winners and nominees are invited to an Awards evening, and given the chance to network with senior University and Guild staff.

    Additional training and development opportunities

    All Subject Chairs must complete induction training before beginning their role, and receive a Handbook with tips and information on how to perform their role throughout the year.

    All Chairs are supported by their College’s Student Engagement Officer and the Academic Impact Co-ordinators from the Guild, who are both available for regular help and advice. Further skills development training, such as time management and leadership skills, is available. Subject Chairs are encouraged to use the hours completing this role and any associated training towards the Exeter Award or Exeter Leaders Award. After completing the Leaders Award, Subject Chairs can progress onto an ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) course to further their development in leadership and management.


    SUBJECT REP

    What We Offer
    Employability

    The role of Subject Rep is a fantastic opportunity to provide a service to the University and student community, as well as gaining skills and experience for yourself. Below are just a few examples of what benefits being a Subject Rep can provide:

    Experience Gained
    - Gain experience in decision making in a large, complex organisation;
    - Gain experience in processing and analysing large amounts of information;
    - Gain knowledge of and demonstrate specialist understanding of University policies respective of any SSLC portfolio work undertaken.

    Skills Demonstrated

    - Demonstrate a personable and approachable style;
    - Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and resilience.


    SKILLS DEVELOPED

    - Develop communication and interpersonal skills by building rapport with peers and staff from a wide range of backgrounds;
    - Develop skills in persuasion, negotiation and influencing;
    - Develop skills in active listening and advocacy.
    The skills gained from being a Subject Rep are transferable to many future opportunities and roles, but are specifically useful for those looking to pursue a career in diplomacy, advocacy, or promotional work.

    Training

    Subject Reps receive 2 hours of induction training upon their election, and are encouraged to use other ongoing development opportunities throughout their role, such as handbooks, online materials and activities and additional training through the Exeter Award and Exeter Leaders Award. Subject Reps receive support from an Academic Impact Co-ordinator at the Guild, and their College’s Student

    Engagement staff.

    - A timetable of the main 2-hour training sessions will be made available soon.
    - There is a Leadership Conference for Academic Representatives on Wednesday 23 October 2019 from 1pm-6pm; invitations will be sent for this to successful candidates.

    Opportunities

    All Academic Reps are given a variety of additional advantages and opportunities over the course of the Academic Year. 

    Mirror Scheme

    A chance to shadow Senior University and Guild Staff members (e.g. The Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the Student’s Guild). There are opportunities to work in a variety of areas including Communications, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Academia.

    LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

    Exclusive to students involved in Academic Representation, the Leadership Conference brings together guest speakers to deliver workshops on subjects ranging from Effective Campaigning to Conflict management, and provides a range of transferrable skills.

    ACREP HELLO

    All reps are also invited to the Annual AcRep Hello, an evening event bringing together those involved in Academic Representation. This event provides attendees an opportunity to meet with reps from other subjects and colleges over food and drink.

    REWARD AND RECOGNITION

    - Each month, a Rep who has made a notable contribution to Academic Representation will receive the Rep of the Month Award, be featured on the Guild Website and receive a variety of prizes.
    - VP Education Awards are held each year to reward the work of exceptional reps and Chairs. Winners and nominees are invited to an Awards evening, and given the chance to network with Senior University and Guild staff.

    Additional training and development opportunities

    The Guild now hosts the annual Academic Representation Leadership Conference, a half-day conference at which a variety of additional training sessions are available to assist in both personal development and role performance.

    Further skills development training, in areas such as time management and leadership skills, is available. Subject Reps can use the hours completing this role and any associated training towards the Exeter Award or Exeter Leaders Award.

  • PGR REP

    WHAT WE OFFER

    Employability

    The role of PGR Rep is a fantastic opportunity to provide a service to the University and student community, as well as gaining skills and experience for yourself.

    The skills gained from being a PGR Rep are transferable to many future opportunities and roles, but are particularly useful for those looking to pursue any career with an aspect of leadership or management. Below are just a few examples of what benefits being a PGR Rep can provide:

    Experience Gained

    - Gain experience in leadership and decision-making in a large, complex organisation;
    - Gain experience in processing and analysing large amount of information;
    - Gain experience in chairing meetings and assertiveness;
    - Gain knowledge of, and demonstrate specialist understanding of, University policies;
    - Gain experience in influencing University policy-making.

    Skills Demonstrated

    - Demonstrate a personable and approachable style;
    - Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and resilience;
    - Demonstrate organisational and time management skills.

    Skills Development

    - Develop communication and interpersonal skills, such as active listening and building rapport with colleagues and staff from a wide range of backgrounds;
    - Develop leadership skills and techniques, learning to coordinate and, where appropriate, manage a diverse team of reps;
    - Develop skills in persuasion, negotiation and influencing;
    - Develop skills in active listening and advocacy.

    Opportunities

    All Academic Reps are given a variety of additional advantages and opportunities over the course of the Academic Year. 

    Mirror Scheme

    A chance to shadow Senior University and Guild Staff members (e.g. The Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the Student’s Guild) There are opportunities to work in a variety of areas including Communications, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Academia.

    Leadership Conference

    Exclusive to students involved in Academic Representation, the Leadership Conference brings together guest speakers to deliver workshops on subjects ranging from Effective Campaigning to Conflict management, and provides a range of transferrable skills.

    AcRep Hello

    All reps are also invited to the Annual AcRep Hello, an evening event bringing together those involved in Academic Representation. This event provides attendees an opportunity to meet with reps from other subjects and colleges over food and drink.

    Reward and Recognition

    VP Education Awards are run each year to reward the work of exceptional reps. Winners and nominees are invited to an Awards evening, and given the chance to network with Senior University and Guild staff.

    Additional training and development opportunities

    All PGR Reps must complete induction training before beginning their role, and will receive a Handbook with tips and information on how to perform their role throughout the year.

    All PGR Reps are supported jointly by their College’s PGR Support Officer and the Academic Impact Co-ordinators from the Guild, who are both available for regular help and advice. Further skills development training, such as time management and leadership skills, is available, alongside additional training through the Doctoral College’s Researcher Development Programme.


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