Joining the Program

The Role

“One of the biggest challenges I faced as an international student was that I did not know anyone at the University when I began my first year. However, by joining the Student Representative and Partnership program I was able quickly to get involved in university life. Having the courage to start something brand new was the attitude I always reminded myself to have, especially as a first-year student.” - Ayaka Ho, Student Representative for Japanese Studies, and Student Leadership Award Winner (2018).

Two Student Representatives are elected by other students for each Department, Program and School in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Elections are held at the beginning of Semester 1, and Student Representatives serve one year terms.

Student Representatives commit to 8 hours of volunteering per semester as part of their role. Those volunteer hours are made up of a combination of activities that support other students, including:

  • Representing the student voice in their area of study, by sourcing feedback from students and communicating that information to professional and academic staff in their Department and Faculty
  • Attending and participating in meetings with the Dean, Department Chairs and other staff in the Faculty.
  • Designing surveys on student issues such as curriculum design, retention, health and wellbeing, social inclusion, the student experience, and analysing the results.
  • Volunteering across programs, initiatives and events throughout Faculty. Examples include:
    - Speaking to new students about their area of study at Info Day.
    - Producing films for new students about starting uni.
    - Organising social events or careers events for students.
    - Creating study groups and workshops for students in their area of study.
    - Representing the University of Sydney at academic or professional conferences.
    - Organising health and wellbeing programs such as our Therapaws: Dog Therapy Program for students.
    - Creating communications such as writing for our Student eNewsletters or for social media.
Student Rep Tiffany Wong represents the Faculty at Info Day.

Student Rep Tiffany Wong represents the Faculty at Info Day.

Student Reps Ben Grace and Maxine Williams producing short films for new students

Student Reps Ben Grace and Maxine Williams producing short films for new students

The Timeline

Semester and Week

Activities

Date

S1: W2

Nominations open to join the Student Representative Program.

Monday 12 March, 11.59am

S1: Mid Semester Break

Nominations close

Friday 6 April, 11.59am

S1: W5

Student Rep elections open and have 7 days to vote.

Monday 9 April, 11.59am

S1: W6

Student Rep elections close and students are informed of the results.

Elections close: Monday 16 April, 11.59am

S1:W6/7

Program induction and training is held.

TBA

S1:W7 onwards

Student Rep Program activities begin and continue throughout the year. Student Reps continue in their role until Week 6 in the next year.

Role begins: Monday 23 April 2018

Roleends: Beginning of 2019

The Commitment

Students who are interested in joining the Student Representative Program must make the following commitments:

Department and Program Level Student Representatives must:

  • Be available to fulfil a one year term as Student Representative for their area of study
  • Attend training during Week 6/7, Semester 1
  • Commit to at least 8 hours of work per Semester
  • Maintain regular contact with students and staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences throughout their term.

School Level Student Representatives must:

  • Be available to fulfil a one year term as Student Representative for their area of study
  • Attend training during Week 6/7, Semester 1
  • Commit to at least 8 hours of work per Semester
  • Attend at least 60% of School Meetings held throughout their term
  • Maintain regular contact with students and staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences throughout their term.

Committee Level Student Representatives must:

  • Be available to fulfil a one year term as Student Representative for their area of study
  • Attend training during Week 6/7, Semester 1
  • Commit to at least 8 hours of work per Semester
  • Attend at least 80% of Committee Meetings held throughout their term
  • Maintain regular contact with students and staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences throughout their term.

Nominations

Nominations to become a Student Representative in the 2018 program are now closed.
Nominations for next year will open at the beginning of Semester 1, 2019.