Hey everybody! Kim here. Today’s post will be all about Representative Committees and my experience.
I was the Marketing and Publicity Officer of the International Students’ Committee (ISC) for 2016/17. To be honest, I didn’t know that the ISC was one of the Representative Committees in the Students’ Union when I first joined them. I just thought that it was just another society and I was wrong because Representative Committees serve a bigger purpose for members of the Students’ Union.
I was elected on October 2016, which is quarter way through the role term. Any student who fits the requirements of the roles in Representative Committees can try to run for it. I was basically in charge of the ISC’s social media platforms and marketing strategies of all the events and campaigns. I also had personal goals to achieve as the officer, which was to implement more sustainable marketing practices for the ISC. The ISC had all kinds of events and campaigns, such as World Week, World Food Festival, International Cultural Evening, Refugees Week, TV Marathon for Climate Change 2017, and Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship. While I did not totally eliminate flyering as a promotional tool, I reduced the amount of waste by only buying the necessary amount needed. Besides that, we increased the amount of online paid promotions.
I have already officially retired from the role. I believe the future committee will achieve much more than the committee of my year. Majority of the ISC members are passionate about their roles and making a positive impact. If you would like to get involved (I would recommend!), follow the ISC’s Facebook page and sign up to be part of the subcommittees. We have a subcommittee for events, welfare, publicity and media. By being part of the subcommittee, you get perks, like free entry to our events and campaigns. And who knows, you might even take up an official committee role in the future.
There’s also a Twitter account where University of Sheffield members take turns every week to tweet from that account. So, if you like to read other people’s daily tweets, this is the account to follow. Currently, it’s one of the graduate interns of 301, Jess, tweeting!
You can literally tweet however much or little you want on Twitter. Twitter is a micro-blogging platform, unlike Facebook, so you have a lot more freedom in posting as much or little (as long as it’s within the 120 characters limit!). Some people post long threads on Twitter to tell a story and that’s perfectly fine. The thread can’t be displayed by embedding the first tweet, so click on it and have fun scrolling through it!
this is a thread of the funniest moments on British television
I was pondering on what to write for my next blog post, so I asked Maddie for inspiration. She made sprinkle hand motions above my head and said, “Inspiration.” Then, she suggested I make a part 2 of her blog, ‘Why sign up for the Academic Skills Certificate?’, and here it is.
You get to practice self-reflection.
In order to obtain the Academic Skills Certificate, you will be asked to write a 2500 word reflection piece on the workshops and your academic skills development. It’s a great skills to develop because it helps you understand your strengths and weaknesses, and where you could improve on. This skill is not only beneficial for academic development, but also career and personal development. Competency-based interviews are common and self-reflection can help you formulate answers.
Not going to lie, I applied for many of these certificates and courses because it was free. During my 4 years in Sheffield, I have obtained the Skills for Work Certificate, Academic Skills Certificate, Code First: Girls’ Python Course Completion Certificate and Sheffield Graduate Award. Listing these achievements in your CV can make you stand out and more employable.
It might land you a job.
The 301 was looking for interns to hire for the 16/17 academic year, and I really needed a part-time job. Due to the fact that I had already obtained the Academic Skills Certificate, I had the experience of attending the workshops, understood the certificate application process, and knew about the services they offered. I can’t say for sure that this was the exact reason for getting hired, but I think it helped! It’s been about 8 months since I started as an intern and I’m so grateful for being able to work here.
I have recently took advantage of the 1:1 Study Skills Tutorial at the 301 Students Skills and Development Centre. I realised that I needed help with writing literature reviews as I did not have a lot experience in it. The Dissertation Planning workshop did discuss literature reviews but I needed more guidance on how to think and write critically.
I took the initiative to sign up for the tutorial here. The 1:1 tutorial is much more flexible than workshops as you can choose which time slot. When signing up, you will have to fill in a form regarding what you would like to discuss during the session. It is essential to do it so the tutors can prepare and help you as much as possible in half an hour.
I was brought to the pod by the tutor, Kirsty. I explained to her my concerns and showed her an example of a literature review I did for an assignment. She listened and read my piece, then gave me recommendations and advice for what I could do to improve on it in the future. She also gave me some paper resources to read and later sent me online resources.
The experience was informative and relaxing. The tutor made sure to go through with all of my issues and gave me tailored advice. I have learned a lot from this tutorial and feel more confident with literature reviews now.
Although it’s semester break now, the 1:1 Study Skills Tutorials are still available! Give 1:1 Study Skills Tutorials a go! It is really helpful if you need extra guidance and to learn a topic in-depth.
I have been promoting the benefits of 301 workshops to my friends and coursemates ever since I started working as an intern. Most of them expressed interest, but mentioned that they cannot attend it because they do not have the time or the workshop timings do not fit into their schedule.
Well, what if I told you that there are alternative ways in which you could get access to the workshop resources.
Option 1: If you cannot attend the workshops, there are carousels by the entrance which hold summary printouts of all the 301 workshops. Some of the printouts have templates on them where you could bring them home and write or draw on them.
Dissertation Planning Handout
Dissertation Planning Handout
Option 2: If you do not have the time to come in, we have online resources of our workshops.
Option 3: If reading isn’t your thing, we have a couple of videos on our YouTube account with similar resource content.
Option 4: We also offer 1-on-1 study skills tutorials where you could choose your appointment and study skills to focus on with our tutors. The appointments are shorter than the workshops and you have the flexibility to choose your appointment slot.
Hello Sugar Plums! My name is Kimberly. I am one of the new interns at the 301 and will be mainly behind the reception, so you might see me there when you come into the 301 centre. Here is a picture of me, so you know how I look.
Please do not hesitate to come up to me to chat or enquire! We are here to help and we hope to make your experience here at the 301 a good one.
You might also spot me taking your attendance for workshops, replenishing flyers. grabbing a cup of tea or chasing you out of the 301 at 7pm.
Outside of 301, I am active within K-pop Dance Society. You might get the chance to see me perform around the University of Sheffield.
We did cover this dance in the gif above. You can watch our performance from last year at the Activities Award below.
I hope that you found the post interesting and thank you for reading!