It is super important that each class elects a Class Representative at the beginning of the academic year. This person acts as a representative for their class and is their class’s chief spokesperson, very much the voice of the class. One of their main duties is reporting back to the SU Executive at Union Council Meetings in relation to particular issues which are of concern to the group or suggestions for improvements.
It is important that the person who is elected is committed to the position, not only will they speak for the class but they may also organise class parties and social events. College is not just about studying, it is important that you have an active social life and the Class Rep is there to organise such events so that classmates can form close friendships. The SU Officers will visit as many classes as possible at the beginning of the first semester, in order to facilitate the elections of Class Reps. This will be done in partnership with a member of academic staff.
Some benefits of becoming a Class Rep:
• Opportunity to initiate positive change
• Opportunity to voice the opinions, concerns and ideas of your classmates so that they may be addressed
• Opportunities to attend various training events and forums throughout the year
• Receiving first-hand information from the lecturers and the Students’ Union regarding their activities and services
• Build and improve on your communication and public speaking skills etc.
• Enhance your CV
• Learn how to organise successful events
During the Class Rep training day, elected Class Reps will be shown the ropes and will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to actively represent their class from the get-go.
At the end of the year each student will have the opportunity to nominate their Class Rep for a Union Council Award. The Union Council Awards recognise outstanding Class Reps for their contribution to their class and the Union as a whole. Each Class Rep will also receive a Certificate of Merit.
Class Reps play a huge role in the work of the Students’ Union and aid our progression and success in actively representing all the students of MTU. It is a big responsibility, but brings with it an education in itself!! Can you be the voice of your class? Go for it, it’s a decision you’ll never regret.