De Montfort University School reps are working to achieve more goals than ever before.
These are the students who represent each of the faculties within the university on behalf of the students.
Shannon Jinks said: “For the rest of my time as a school rep, I really want to see some of the bigger issues become resolved and get more reps involved.”
Already, the school reps have already experienced some successes this academic year, including improving their profile on campus and more.
Danielle Bryn, Second year student, 19-year-old school rep for Accounting and Finance, said: “I feel the school reps overall this year have achieved many things, but what comes first to mind is being an active presence and gaining the benefit of the introduction of the mid-year module feedback forms given out last term.
“At the start of the year I wanted to improve upon the communication between course and school reps for instance letting course reps know what school reps are doing in responding to student feedback, and I think as a school rep this is being achieved. “
The school reps have had a successful year but still have goals to meet for the rest of the year.
Danielle added: “I’d like to continue to look into raising the profile of school and course reps and make sure that everyone knows firstly what these roles are about, and secondly what we have been doing.
“In my experience it is one thing that people know that you hold one of these positions, it is another for people to know what you can do, and furthermore what has happened because of the reps.
“I’d also like to look into the communication channels between staff to school reps to course reps to students.
“The most annoying thing to hear after you try to communicate to as many relevant people as possible, is to hear someone say afterwards “I didn’t know that”.
“I know there is no perfect method, but the aim that we school reps share is trying to have as many as possible in place. This would allow us school reps to know that we have done our best in trying to communicate to as many relevant people as possible.”
The role of a school rep includes many roles. Danielle added: “I think officially our job is to make positive change, and represent students at higher levels than course reps do.
“We go to a range of meetings not just at course level; from meeting important members of staff within the faculty, meeting the dean and the pro vice chancellor of teaching and learning for instance, also communicating with students trying to get as much feedback as possible through a variety of ways then communicating this to appropriate members of staff.
School reps also get help and support from the students’ union, Danielle added: “This is incredibly helpful in making sure we are as effective school reps as we can be.
“We are the student link between the staff and the students- course reps focus it at a course level, school reps focus beyond this at a wider angle.
“In simple terms- if we feel that something needs doing/mentioning, then we will try our very best to make sure this happens.”
For more information on course reps and faculty reps, visit demontfortstudents.com/getinvolved/reps and check back to the demon media website to get to know some of the school reps who represent you.