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Student Representative and Partnership Program

The Student Representative and Partnership Program connects together like-minded students in each area of study in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. 

If you're studying in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Student Representative and Partnership Program connects you with other students in the faculty. Your community is led by your Student Representatives, who are elected student leaders that are responsible for advocating for you and building your experience at university.

You have the opportunity to:

  • participate in student programs, events and activities created by your Student Representatives in partnership with your department, program, school and faculty
  • give feedback on teaching and learning in your area of study and anything to do with your experience as a student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

To find out who your Student Representatives are and join your community, visit our canvas site.

Becoming a Student Representative

If you're interested in developing your leadership skills and experience, you have the opportunity to apply to join the Student Representative and Partnership Program at the beginning of Semester 1 each year.

By joining the program as a Student Representative, you’ll get the opportunity to:

  • develop practical skills and experience working on initiatives that impact the academic success and wellbeing of other students in our community
  • receive training and mentoring from experienced professional and academic staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • access VIP career development opportunities designed for student leaders
  • meet other high achieving student leaders who are passionate about our community and build your networks
  • be recognised as an emerging future leader.

What's involved

You can choose to become a Student Representative for your Department, Program, School or Faculty Committee.

As a Student Representative, your responsibilities are to:

  • complete training
  • be available to fulfil a one year term
  • complete a minimum of eight volunteer hours per semester
  • keep in regular contact with students and staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • attend at least 80% of meetings throughout your term, if you are a School or Committee-level Student Representative.

Volunteer opportunities

There are a range of different ways you can complete your eight volunteer hours per semester. You can work on any activity that benefits the student experience in our community. Examples of volunteer activities you might like to work on include:

  • Academic activities - giving feedback to staff within your area of study, creating a student survey, undertaking research, attending a conference or creating a study group
  • Health and wellbeing activities - volunteering for our Therapaws: Dog therapy program, creating a podcast or other resources to enhance the student experience
  • Social activities - creating a trivia night, coffee catch-up or welcome party in your area of study
  • Communications activities - writing for our student eNewsletters, creating social media content, designing graphics, producing videos or taking photos at events run by the Student Affairs and Engagement team
  • Fundraising and charity initiatives - Share the Dignity Charity Drive
  • Student support activities - volunteering at Open Day, Info Day or during Welcome Week.

If you have further questions about becoming a Student Representative, contact us at fass.studentaffairsandengagement@sydney.edu.au

How to apply

Applications for 2019 have now closed. Applications for 2020 will open in February 2020.

As part of your application you will need to write a 100-word statement of interest, which will be published on Canvas. This statement should tell other students in your area of study why they should choose you as one of their Student Representatives.

Below are some tips from previous representatives on writing a statement.

  • Be honest about why you want to join the program.
  • Think about what it means to you, but also your goals as a Student Rep and why you want to make the student experience better.
  • Put yourself in the shoes of the audience, and ask yourself 'If I was voting for a Student Representative, what would I like to see?'
  • Be realistic about your goals, intentions and what you can achieve as a Student Rep.
  • Tell them about your interests.
  • Discuss any past experience you might have for example as a volunteer, in your unit of study or through work.
  • But don't be afraid to apply if you don't have any experience yet- many people don't.
  • Highlight your values and skills.
  • Be humble, courteous and polite and show you want to work to serve your peers.
  • Always write a clear and concise statement- if it is too long, students will get bored!

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Student Affairs and Engagement team

Last updated: 11 March 2019

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