City College Brighton and Hove believes that students’ views about their education and training are important. We want to hear what students have to say so that we can improve the college experience for everyone.
As a Course Representative you are in an excellent position to influence your education and training provision. You have the opportunity to express not just your own views, but to act as the spokesperson for all the students on your course. This gives you an opportunity to make a real impact and change the learning experience for students on your course.
Course Representatives are a vital link that the College has with students’ views.
This isn’t just about management asking students what they think. Students need to be involved at every level of decision-making within the organisation. As a Course Representative you are part of a ‘pyramid structure‘ of representation. You take learners’ views up to the next level, and they feed up through the layers to reach representation at the highest point. This means that every course has a direct link into the Principal and the College’s Governing Body.
Apart from the satisfaction of getting students’ views heard, there are other advantages to being a Course Representative:
All new Course Representatives will have training on how to be an effective representative. This will also include training in skills such as presentation techniques and holding and taking part in meetings.
As a Course Representative you will gain lots of experience that will be relevant to your working life – for example, listening, public speaking and report writing. You will also gain lots of knowledge about the College and about how further education is run. You will
be able to use all this to enhance your CV when you start looking for a job.