As my time as Faculty Rep for the Arts and Humanities ends, I was asked to write about my experience with the role. Since being a fresher, I have seen the faculty develop and am proud to have been involved in some of the changes it has undergone. The role was entirely new when I started and it is still in the process of being shaped.
Having the opportunity to work behind-the-scenes with the university and student union has been invaluable. For instance, all of the faculty reps sit at Senate, the highest academic board. This gives a platform for the student voice to be heard. It also includes a speech from the Vice-Chancellor, Koen Lamberts and I found it quite assuring to hear his take on the EU referendum first-hand. He commented on its implications and spoke on handling these concerns in the most strategic way possible.
The YUSU meetings will also be a memorable take-away from my time as faculty rep. We have productive discussions and engaging debates. I also feel especially privileged to have met Sorana Vieru, Vice-President of the NUS, as a guest speaker of one of our meetings.
If you think you would enjoy being involved in the management and development of your faculty, please nominate yourself by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of Week 9 (Friday 10th March).
Thanks for reading,
(Arts & Humanities Faculty Rep)