School Conveners

THE ROLE

As School Convener, you work in partnership with the Education Officer to ensure that the views of all students within your School are effectively represented, both to the University and to AUSA.

You will take proactive steps to ensure that all voices are heard, reaching out to Class Reps and other students and facilitating their involvement in School-wide issues and campaigns.

You will provide appropriate opportunities for students in your School to come together in a student-led space to discuss issues that concern them in their School, and to organise projects and campaigns that will make positive changes happen.

BENEFITS

Being a School Convener is an excellent opportunity to gain skills in areas such as leadership, project management, campaigning, publicity and team work.

A key element of this role is working in partnership with academics and administrative staff in your School, which will give you experience of negotiating and managing relationships.

These are skills which are particularly valued by employers. You will also have the opportunity to take part in the STAR Award, which recognises extra-curricular work that student do. Completion of the STAR Award is recorded on your Enhanced Transcript.

COMMITMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

In this role you will need to:

  • Represent the views and needs of all students in your School, by taking issues and ideas forward to relevant staff in the School, up to and including the Head of School.
  • Coordinate and organise meetings of students and Reps within your School, and represent the views of the student body in meetings with staff and academics.
  • Coordinate and bring together Class Reps in your School to help prepare for Student Staff Liaison Committees and other opportunities to offer feedback.
  • Work with academic societies within your School.
  • All school conveners (excluding the Dentistry convener) are members of the Senatus Academicus (University Senate), where they represent respective student views. Therefore you will need to prepare for, attend and participate in Senate and other, related meetings (usually twice per semester, 2 hours per meeting).
  • Attend and participate in relevant School level committees.
  • Work with other School Conveners and the Education Committee across the University on issues and projects which mutually affect you.

Additionally, you may be called upon to represent your School’s interests at College-level University committees about the student experience. (This involves reading committee papers and attending one or more committee meetings per semester).

We understand that you have study commitments which vary throughout the academic year. We will provide support and flexibility to make sure that your role does not conflict with these commitments. This is where support from AUSA’s Education Officer is vital to help ensure representation of students.

TRAINING AND SUPPORT

  • You will receive an initial welcome to your role with AUSA at an event held shortly after your election.
  • In Semester 1 of the new academic year, you will receive training designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to carry out your role.
  • You will work closely with the Education officer who will have experience and knowledge in this area.
  • You will receive support from representation staff at AUSA. They can provide guidance on running campaigns, and information and advice on how to take forward projects within the University and beyond.
  • There will also be the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of AUSA events as part of your development.

FURTHER INFORMATION

E-mail: ausareps@abdn.ac.uk, or alternatively visit the Students’ Union Building for further information.

Resources for reps: www.ausa.org.uk/representation/academicreps/

STAR Award: www.abdn.ac.uk/careers/skills-attributes/star-award.php