Are you looking to get out of your comfort zone in the next academic year? Jessica Edwards did just that and after being a Course Rep become a Faculty Rep for FOSS. UWSU sat down with Jess to talk about her experiences.
When did you first get involved with the Students’ Union and why did you get involved with the SU?
I first got involved with the Students Union in my first year of University when I was Course Representative for Business Management. I did not know what University would be like; I knew that I would get my degree and hope to get a good job.
However as I previously worked with a small business and talking to Managers, I realised that the more you put yourself out there, the more likely you are to not only enjoy your time at University but you become more employable. So, I decided to come out of my comfort zone and see what the Uni had to offer. By starting as a Course Rep it was like my way in as you become aware of what happens around the University and around town, allowing yourself to get more involved.
How has the Students’ Union made a difference to your time at University?
I have become more social, made more friends and got more involved. I learnt how to place myself in a professional situations for example, chairing meetings and 'looking after' course reps.
How did you get involved in becoming a Faculty Rep?
As mentioned I was a Course Rep in my first year and I wanted to do more. I asked the SU what I could do that was related to my course and the Faculty Rep was the option.
What does the Student Voice mean to you?
It means giving people a chance to be heard when they are struggling to be listened to, making students matter.
What does your role involve?
In my opinion, my role gave me chance to give students a choice to be heard. I would look after my Course Reps, help improve the student experience and try to solve issues effectively.
What have you achieved for students this year?
I made sure students opinions, suggestions and issues were heard and offered solutions. I gave them a chance to feel like they were involved with the University and they were getting the most out of their course.
What would you say to any student who is interested in getting involved with the SU but hasn’t got round to making that first step.
Getting involved with the SU is worth every moment. The people you meet and the opportunities that you are given help you both socially and academically. Taking the first step is always difficult but once you make a small move, the rest becomes easier. Take a chance and see how far it takes you.
Have you got anything else you would like to mention?
Being a Faculty Rep has been amazing and I have learnt so many new skills and built my confidence. Thank you to the SU for their help and support, I enjoyed it all!