WANT TO SEE CHANGE: START A CAMPAIGN
Campaigns are a great way to raise awareness of an issue to work to encourage a change to happen whether this is a policy change, action or cultural change. All a campaign is is an chain of actions that lead to completing the ultimate purpose of a campaign.
As your Students' Union we are always working to support you to champion the voice of students and campaign for a better University and wider society. Education is more that than topics you study but a defining factor in creating a fairer, more prosperous society and students are the future leaders of that society.
DO YOU HAVE A CAMPAIGN IN MIND?
Is there something that you think should change? Or is it more that students should be more aware of an issue? Well the Student Voice team is here to help you start and run your own campaigns.
The team can help you plan out your campaign and what actions you may need to take for your campaign to be a success. So if you are ready to start then just get in touch with the student voice team.
WHAT IS STUDENT REPRESENTATION?
At Aston, there are loads of ways you can have a say on your course and your wider academic experience. One way is through the Student Representation System, which empowers you to get involved and help improve the experience of current and future Aston students. So if you want to make a change on your course, or in your department, then the system is here for you.
The system works by ensuring that your academic interests are represented by a fellow student, called a Student Representative, or Student Rep for short. Student Reps work with the University and the Students’ Union to ensure that your views and opinions are heard and acted upon. This ensures that the University and Students’ Union are working for you by making changes that improve your university experience. We believe that you should have ownership of your education, and being able to have a meaningful say in your university experience is a key part of that.
SO WHAT DO STUDENT REPS DO?
Student Reps ensure that your academic interests are represented to the University and Students’ Union. They do this by:
Gathering your views, opinions and concerns relating to your course or experience here at Aston
Relaying this feedback to staff at the University, Students’ Union and other Student Reps, and collaborating to produce solutions
Letting you know the outcome of any discussions, decisions or changes made as a result of your feedback
The dedicated work of Student Reps is key to improving the experience of students at Aston. However, they need your support by providing them with your feedback so that they can represent you effectively.
WHAT CAN YOU GET FROM BEING A STUDENT REP?
All Student Reps are volunteers; ultimately, it's down to you to get the most out of your role, but the SU is here to help you along the way. You’ll also benefit from:
Being part of a growing community of Student Reps interested in improving the experience of all Aston students and researchers
Getting more involved with your course and department, working in partnership with staff and learning how the University works
Representing your fellow students and making a real difference to their experience
Gaining skills that assist in your personal development and help to improve your employability
There are also a number of reward and recognition schemes to show Student Reps how much we appreciate their work. These include the Rep of the Month awards, and the Academic Awards towards the end of the year.
HOW CAN I BE A STUDENT REP?
Becoming a Student Rep is easy! All you need to do is nominate yourself in your relevant Student Rep election, which will typically be held in October. You just need to be a registered student who is interested in representing your cohort. These elections will be advertised by your course staff, and if you would like to find out more information you can email the Students' Union Voice department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a Rep election is open, you will see it below:
YOUR SAY - YOUR UNION - YOUR WAY
Aston Students' Union is a student-led, democratic and not-for-profit organisation that is here for its members, registered Aston students, to:
represent the academic and non-academic interests of its members
provide a range of activities and forums for discussion and debate for its members
generally support, advise and represent its members
BUT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
It means that you're in control of what we do. Your Student Officers are Aston students, elected by other Aston students, and they lead the direction of your Union. But that’s not the only way that your voice is heard; your clubs and societies are student-led and your Student Reps are students representing your academic interests to ensure you have a great Aston experience.
Everyone, and not just your elected representatives, can have a say on what they want from their Students' Union. We do this through Student Council where any member can attend to raise ideas, debate policy and vote on what they want their leaders and Union to do.
Student Council is the main decision making body at the Students' Union. This is where every student has the power to make decisions about Aston Students' Union. This includes holding your elected leaders to account, proposing ideas, creating impactful policy and directing what you want your leaders to work on. This is:
YOUR SAY - YOUR UNION - YOUR WAY
A Student Council can consist of up to 200 members of the Union, from club and society committee members and Student Reps, to members of clubs and societies, to any other student that is interested. All meetings are chaired by your elected Union Chairperson who works to ensure that you stay a part of the conversation.