Student Academic Representation Assistants x 10

Closed 07/09/2021

This position is open to current Leeds Beckett students only.


Job Title

Student Academic Representation Assistant

Division/Section/Unit

Student Voice & Insight

Remuneration

£8.91 per hour

Hours of Work

7 hours per week, term-time

Contract Duration

Fixed Term

Reports To

Student Voice & Insight Manager / Student Engagement Coordinator

Responsible For

Support for elected Course Representatives

Interview date

15th September 2021

Introduction

The Student Academic Representation Assistant is an exciting new role within our Student Voice & Insight team. We are looking for 10 inspiring Leeds Beckett students (1 per School) to join us at a time when academic representation has never been more important as the whole higher education sector enters an interesting future.

Working alongside the Student Voice & Insight team and the Academic Experience Officer, you will support the election, training and ongoing activity of Course Reps to participate in the University’s quality assurance and enhancement processes and make a positive impact on the lives of their fellow students. Successful candidates will be strong communicators, driven to bring people together and build strong collaborative working relationships that help to improve the academic experience for students at Leeds Beckett University.

If you have any questions, or would like to chat about the role, please contact Michael Austin, Student Voice & Insight Manager at m.a.austin@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Key Tasks

Supporting Course Representatives

  • Support and facilitate the work of Course Representatives in representing the views and experiences of their fellow students and participating in the University’s quality assurance and enhancement processes.
  • Facilitate discussion through the online Course Rep Community Team and relevant School Channels.
  • Chair the School (Student Feedback) Forum, encouraging the attendance and participation of Course Representatives in your School.
  • Attend the School Academic Committee, collating and reporting a broad overview of the feedback being raised by Course Reps.
  • Actively engage in the Students’ Union’s decision-making processes, such as ‘Have Your Say’ Forums and the annual Members’ Meeting.

Supporting partnership with Leeds Beckett University

  • Develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders in your School (Dean, Academic Services Manager, etc) and Central University Services, as a representative of Leeds Beckett Students’ Union.

Training and elections

  • Support the election of Course Representatives, where requested by Course Directors.
  • Support the Student Engagement Coordinator to deliver the annual training program for all Course Representatives, providing them with the skills to effectively represent their peers.

Reporting

  • Deliver a termly report on your activity and impact.

Special Features

Occasionally, this role will be expected to work outside of core hours to fulfil its purpose, such as delivering evening training sessions or facilitating meetings of student groups.

Post Requirements

  • To work within the framework of the Union’s Articles, Byelaws and Policies, ensuring that your work furthers the Union’s core values and objectives.
  • To demonstrate a commitment to the Union’s Equal Opportunities Policy, together with an understanding of how it operates within the responsibilities of the post.
  • To undertake Health and Safety duties and responsibilities appropriate to the post, at all times having regard to your own and others health and safety.
  • To provide excellent customer and client care in dealings with students, staff and members of the public.
  • To contribute to the development of a professional working and learning environment within the Union.
  • To have a commitment to your own development and a willingness to undertake relevant training opportunities.
  • To have a flexible work approach in order to meet deadlines.
  • To perform such reasonable duties consistent with the post and as required by the Chief Executive.

Review

This is a description of the job at the time of issue. It is the Students’ Union practice periodically to review and update job descriptions to ensure that they accurately reflect the current nature of the job and requirements of the Students’ Union and to incorporate reasonable changes where required, in consultation with the post holder.

Inclusivity

Inclusivity is a core value at Leeds Beckett Students’ Union and this is applied throughout our organisation, including at the recruitment stage. As such, we welcome applications from those who are currently underrepresented within our organisation, such as people with disabilities, black and minority ethnic groups and LGBTQ* including Trans and non-binary people. Appointment will be based on merit alone.


Person Specification

Essential

Desirable

Knowledge & Skills

  • A high standard of organisational and administrative skills with proven experience of working under pressure to meet deadlines, and the ability to work on own initiative, without direct supervision.
  • Ability to establish strong working relationships with a wide range of individuals both internal and external to the organisation.
  • Ability to write reports in a clear and concise manner with a high standard of written and oral communication, adaptable to a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Competent in the use of social media to engage and communicate, Microsoft Teams and the Microsoft Office software.
  • Current understanding of the role of Course Representatives and the importance of academic representation to the student experience.

Qualification & Experience

  • Strong academic performance.
  • Experience of working with volunteers, clients or similar and in a team to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Experience of representing others and making change happen. 

Personal Attributes

  • Willingness to work flexibly to engage students at times and places that meet their needs.
  • Confident and engaging communicator with concern for attention to detail and commitment to quality.
  • Enthusiastic, outgoing and approachable with a positive ‘can do' attitude, and ability to use initiative.

Essential Values of all Postholders

  • Commitment to Leeds Beckett Students’ Union’s Mission, Vision and Values
  • Commitment to working as a member of a team
  • Respect for the principles of client confidentiality
  • Commitment to the creation of an environment that promotes equality of opportunity whilst recognising and valuing diversity
  • Commitment to excellent standards of customer care
  • Able to work in a student-led, democratic environment