Know Your Rep Week

Know Your Rep Week

Get involved with Know Your Rep Week 2017, it's more than just a conference!

Sun 19 Nov 2017 09:00 - Thu 23 Nov 2017 20:00, University of Derby

This week is all about representation and development. From promoting our current reps (with stands across campuses) to supporting them, and all students, in their workshops and drop-ins!

Professional Development Workshops

It is an opportunity for Student Reps and other students to gain valuable skills and achieve some transferable skills to take into a professional capacity. All are welcome from student representatives to society and sports club committee members and beyond. Lunch vouchers will be available for reigstered reps or committee members at various sessions as indicated below.

Working Lunches Presenter(s) College/Dept Aim(s) of your sessions

Monday 20th November 1pm-2pm (lunch available for reps from 12.45). B210

UDo and beyond…

Cheryl Stephens Precious Taylor Student Experience

Please sign-up for this session via the link.

Following feedback and ideas from student focus groups, stakeholders from across the University have been working to create a brand new UDo.  The change will see a friendlier tile based version of UDo, which is accessible and design responsive on all devices; enabling users to access UDo ‘on the go’ through mobile devices as well as on desktops. Core tiles have been identified as key to your experience alongside additional tiles that you’ll be able to self-select. The system offers personalised content via roles to ensure that you’re able to see the most relevant information for you.  This session will be your opportunity to review the work that has already been undertaken, feedback and put forward suggestions and ideas for future development of the system. Your thoughts and ideas will help to shape UDo for all students. By becoming advocates for the new UDo you’ll be able to use your knowledge to help and support your fellow students whilst making a difference. 

Monday 20th November,  5:00pm-6.00pm (food vouchers available for reps from 4.45pm), Kedleston Road, N401

Supporting your wellbeing as an active volunteer
Vice President (Welfare) - Abby Wilson Union of Students

Please sign-up for this session via the link.

In order to stand out in the competitive job market students are being encouraged more and more to be as ‘extra-curricular’ – as a rep, in a sports club or society and/or a part-time job. All of these can be rewarding and beneficial to your career… but can push your time management/energy levels to the max and hinder your studies. Speaking from experience as a heavily involved student Abby will explore ways in which active students can ensure they take care of themselves whilst achieving success.

Tuesday 21st November, 12-1pm,  (food vouchers for registered reps available from 11.45) Kedleston Road, E906, 12-1pm.

How would you like to use your voice as a rep?
Amy Kyte Melissa Hill Ryan Davidson Student Experience

Please sign-up for this session via the link.

We've begun working with Colleges to ascertain ways to capture student feedback aside from Programme Committees. This session would aim to explore student representatives' ideas for how they would like to give this feedback, considering innovative approaches. This will be of interest to representatives because it allows a direct input into University and Union strategy. It will also provide opportunity for representatives to network and share ideas and experiences. 

Tuesday 21st November 1pm-2pm (food vouchers available for reps from 12.45), Britannia Mill, BM114

Using Social Media Professionally and in your role working with students. 
Vice President (Community) Charlotte Gauja Union of Students

Please sign-up for this session via the link.

Learn how to use social media in your role to your advantage, how to reach a high engagement and create a professional online profile. Following the surge of Instagram stories and snapchat consumers want to hear from the personality themselves! This session will help you become an approachable, knowledgeable and respected rep even from the hard to engage students!’ 

Wednesday 22nd November, 10-11am, Kedleston Road, N405

Be the change you want to see - a look at organisational citizenship


Claire Ambrose Health & Social Care

Please sign-up for this session via the link.

What behaviours make a great employee or student rep?  To understand the concept, behaviours and values of organisational citizenship  To reflect on why is it so desirable for employers, organisations and programmes to have people who can demonstrate these behaviours To start to plan how you can develop these behaviours, becoming more skilled, better motivated and very desirable to programmes and future employers

Thursday 23rd November, 12pm-1pm,  Kedleston Road, E611. Food vouchers available for registered reps from 11.45.

Academic skills in the real world - communication, stats, research, analysis and presentation skills.
Garford Moore Corporate Planning & Performance

Please sign-up for this session via the link.

This session will draw upon examples of skills and attributes gained from academic experience to show how they have transferred into the workplace. Numerical and statistical analysis, presentation skills, written communication skills , research skills and critical analysis skills are key to academic success and can be acquired during higher level study regardless of the subject.   

Thursday 23rd November, 1pm-1.30pm, Kedleston Road, E611. Food vouchers available for reps from 12.45.

What are real-world employers looking for? The view of the recruiter.

David Torrington CEO of Sky Recruitment

Please sign-up for this session using the link.

This session will go through the application process but from the point of view of a recruitment consultant - what makes you look professional and what doesn’t. It will discuss the importance of your social media profiles both professional (e.g. Linked-in) and personal. It will pose the question ‘what are real-world employers looking for’ with tangible examples you can follow. Finally it will discuss the importance of first impressions and how you can make sure you make one.

Thursday 23rd November, 1:30pm - 2:30pm, Markeaton Street, MS102C. Food vouchers available for reps from 1.15pm

How to make your voice heard in University Quality Processes

Mark Wainman Learning Enhancement & Innovation

Please sign-up for this session using the link.

To help develop knowledge, understanding and skills of reps to be effective in their role when engaging in university Quality processes including:
- Programme Committee meetings and Continual Monitoring 
- College/Dept Quality Enhancement Committees
- Curriculum design and development
- Periodic Review

Friday 24th November, 12pm-1pm (lunch vouchers available for registered reps from 11.45), Britannia Mill, BMG03

Working with and representing diversity.
President Grace Suzsek Union of Students

Please sign-up for this session using the link.

The University of Derby is proudly diverse. Our Union President is regularly called upon to be a representative of 28,000 students, at undergraduate or postgraduate level, across a diverse range of subjects and campuses (including online), aware of their diversity in age, ability, gender, sexuality, race, religion, nationality and other characteristics. This session will discuss how reps, clubs, societies and student groups can make sure they are open to and representative of all students and how gaining experience in working with diversity can benefit you in your career.

Friday 24th November, 1pm - 2pm, food vouchers available for reps from Britannia Mill,  BMLG05

Public Speaking
Philip Gordon Cowburn Esq JP.  Union, Law Society 

Please sign-up for this session using the link.

This session will explore ways in which you can develop your public speaking skills in order to project confidence, tailor make your communication and deliver your message to make maximum impact. We will discuss how you can utilise these skills to make yourself a better rep and more employable in the future.

The session will cover; posture, breathing, tone, pace, volume, improvisation and holding an audience - all skills that could push attendees up that all important grade boundary, or give you that bit of extra confidence when ‘on your feet’ and in your role. Attendees of last year’s session achieved grades in the high 70s and even some in the 80s for their advocacy assessments.

Public Speaking, good public speaking, is a skill that can be learnt and we can teach it to you - all you have to do is turn up and engage.

Philip is an experienced speaker and ad-hoc guest lecturer, he has been recognized for his skills of oral and written advocacy at a national level on multiple occasions, as both junior and senior counsel. 

College Wars Quiz Night!

At the end of the week we will celebrate with College Wars Quiz Night at Bridge Street 7-10pm!

Futures Award Drop-ins

We will be running drop-in sessions to support the Futures Award! Available for all union volunteers from reps, societies, sports and volunteers this award helps you to recognise the skills you have learnt through volunteering and develops your employability skills for when you graduate. Please do turn up to a drop in session to get recognised and rewarded for your time.

  • 20th November 10am-12pm drop-ins B206
  • 21ST November 1pm-3pm drop-ins B206
  • 23RD November 10:30am- 12:30pm B210
  • 24th November 2pm- 4pm B206

Panel Debate - follow live on Facebook

On Wednesday 22nd November around 150 student representatives will be questioning  executive committee members of the University on matter of facilities and resources as well as academic issues and support.Registration for the event has closed but you can follow live on Facebook live here.

Reps on the road!

Our reps will be out in force thoughout the week at the various campuses. We will be seeing if students #knowyourrep and letting you know all about what your reps are doing!

Kedleston Road One Friar Gate Square Brit Mill Markeaton St
        Monday 9.30-11.30am Monday 1:30 - 3:30pm
Tuesday  11-4.30pm             
Wednesday  12-2pm          
Thursday 11-12.30pm Thursday 10-12, 1-3 Thursday  12-4.50pm Thursday 11-1pm
Friday 2.30-5pm         Friday 9.30-10.30am

(Reps on the road will be in Buxton and Chesterfield the following week, details TBC)