In February 2016, we held the annual Wise Wales Course Rep Conference. It was held at the Nidum Arts Centre, Neath and over 50 delegates were welcomed from across the FE and HE sector.
Wise Wales launched its two new programmes; Peer Review Programme – which encourages different institutions and students’ unions to pair together to improve each other’s practices – and the Pathways to Partnership for FE toolkit, which provides a guide for institutions and students’ unions in further education to better work in partnership.
Ebbi Ferguson, the then Deputy President of NUS Wales, also led a workshop on Leadership. She encouraged delegates to think about what makes a good leader, using case studies and her expertise as Deputy President for the last two years.
More workshops were held including Engaging students in quality by Ellie Russell, Student Engagement Partnership Manager of The Student Engagement Partnership. The session discussed quality assurance and enhancement, as well as the importance of student representation across the board.
Jen Hope of NUS UK led a discussion on what makes a great student representative, called Being a great representative. She helped delegates to identify the skills and attributes of a good course representative and encouraged those involved to reflect on who they represent. She also explored what happens before, during and after meetings and encouraged everyone in the room to share best practice and tips on how to improve, as well as giving them the opportunity to practice effective communication skills.
Resources from this useful and energising event can be found below…