Your voice matters: How you can make a change during your time at University

What's Happening

It’s likely that, like us, you have been stunned, shocked and furious about events happening in the world over the previous 6 months. Equally, you may have also felt happiness, delight and elation. It’s been a tiring time, oscillating between all of these emotions.

Whatever the subject; Black Lives Matter, Environment Modification, No Hinderance or Safeguard Policies, Federal government COVID-19 actions and guidance, Centre Assessed Grades and their turnaround, the possibilities are that you have a viewpoint on it.

Historically, campuses worldwide have been a place for the exchange of ideas and exploring political ideologies. From the formation of the very first students’ union and subsequent production of the National Union of Trainees (NUS) in the 1920’s, the power and impact of the cumulative voice of trainees has actually been acknowledged by federal governments, nationwide bodies and universities.

Student politics and campaigning maybe summon visions of placard-waving stockpiles with a few devoted souls at the front chaining themselves to whatever totem the relevant cause has presented. Of course, this is a identified marketing strategy but only one that many people resort to after other avenues have been exhausted.

Whilst direct action will always be an essential tool in the advocates’ arsenal, the truth is that most change connecting to students at the University of Plymouth originates from sitting down with the pertinent people and having a conversation. Using the arts of persuasion, negotiation, research study and truth, elected representatives have these conversations with relevant personnel on your behalf.

Who are these agents?

They are trainees much like you, who desire to alter things for the much better, to improve the quality of mentor and student experience, or to take on a problem on a local and even worldwide scale.

But how do they understand what I think?

This is where you need to do a little the work in informing us your concepts, giving both favorable and negative feedback and wanting to support your reps.

Through a network of representatives on each stage of every Course and in the School and Professors, teaching and learning is developed and boosted to ensure that students get the finest from their course and their university. We also have other positions associating with a student market or an area of interest.

Do I have to run in an election?

There are elected functions with differing time commitments and it’s a fantastic chance to establish a variety of abilities but we understand not everybody wishes to get involved to this extent. We likewise need trainees to share their ideas and experiences, assist support the work of associates, to share messages and social networks posts and to take part in polls and surveys, it depends on you just how much you wish to do.

If you have an interest in running in an election to end up being an agent, elections are now open for the Part-Time Elections. We’re currently looking for:

You can message the Trainee Voice Group to discover out who your associate is, about ending up being a representative or with any concepts and feedback: studentvoice@su.plymouth.ac.uk

“If not you, who? If not now, when?”– Hillel