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Rep of the Month

The 'Rep of the Month' Award recognises Course Reps who have gone above and beyond in their role. Students, staff and Reps themselves are welcome to nominate any Rep they feel is working hard to represent their Course or Department well, and ultimately to improve the student experience at Sheffield Hallam.

Winners of 'Rep of the Month' receive a small prize (which may vary this year as regulations change!). We also interview all of our winners, to see how they have found the role so far - see below to read about previous winners.

Click the link below to nominate someone today!

Rep of the Month

Previous Winners

 

Academic Year 2021/22

Ryno Groenewald - April Rep of the Month 

Level 5 Social Work 

Why did you decide to become a Course Rep?

I became a student rep to be the intermediary between staff and the course and to represent their views especially during the first year that was online.

What's a positive difference you've made as a Course Rep?

The collecting of feedback from my cohort and the attendance of rep meetings and department meetings has caused changes in how the inter professional  modules are delivered. Profession specific sessions were created so that Social work students have a clearer understanding of practice within a multidisciplinary setting. 

 

 

Emma Stafford - March Rep of the Month 

Level 5 Social Work

Why did you decide to become a Course Rep?

I chose to be a course rep because I wanted to contribute to the improvement of the university experience. Course reps, in my opinion, play a crucial role in ensuring students have a channel through which to address their issues. I also chose to be a course rep to help me develop skills such as empathy and courtesy when offering feedback. These are valuable skills for future job prospects, and will look good on my cv.

What's a positive difference you've made as a Course Rep?

I feel I have made a positive difference by helping in improving the university experience for students joining the course in the coming years. This involves adjustments to modules (how they are delivered and graded), strengthening the communication between staff and students, and hopefully increasing the travel bursary for students on placement.

Katie Killner - February Rep of the Month 

Level 6 Media 

Why did you decide to become a Course Rep?

I decided to be a course rep because I wanted to ensure students had the ability to be heard by the university and improve the university experience. I wanted to be involved and push myself in something I had not done before. 

What's a positive difference you've made as a Course Rep?

I believe I’ve made a positive difference in how students have experienced the course, I think I’ve given students the ability to speak up about problems they may have and get these issues resolved. 

Sarah Cornelly - January Rep of the Month

Level 5 Primary Education (5-11)

Why did you decide to become a Course Rep?

I chose to become a student rep as I wanted to do more to be involved in the university experience. I also thought it would be great to make a difference to other students experiences at university. 

What's a positive difference you've made as a Course Rep?

I believe a positive difference that I have made while being a student rep is receiving feedback for students in regards to any issues that arise as well as passing on information to course reps and module leaders in terms of where students are struggling or what need to be improved. I would also like to thing that I have made a positive difference in the sense that my fellow peers know I am here for them if they need to talk about anything. 

 

Jack Carey - December Rep of the Month

Level 6 Software Engineering

Why did you decide to become a Course Rep?

I became a course rep because I know what a difference open communication can make and I think it's important that students have a say in how their course is run.

What's a positive difference you've made as a Course Rep? 

I believe I've made a positive difference by continually providing feedback to our lecturers and communicating the actions back to my coursemates. I've also advocated for the support our department and uni provide so that everyone knows how to get the best out of our course.

 

 

Cyril John Mathew - November Rep of the Month

Level 7 Global MBA with Placement

Why did you decide to become a Course Rep?

Being a Course Rep gave me a chance to get to know and interact with the staff and students from in my course. I viewed this as an opportunity to assist my friends by allowing them to express their worries and making them feel more involved in the course.

What's a positive difference you've made as a Course Rep?

As we conducted online sessions throughout our course, a few classmates expressed concern  about certain modules. Because of the new education system and the fact that all of them were international students, the online classes and grading system were difficult to understand. Being a course rep, I tried to be a bridge between my peers and tutors to analyze the gap. I presented my classmates' concerns and provided practical feedback on how things were looking from the  student's perspectives. Also, by providing feedback on the quality of the teaching experience, I think I have made difference to the course for the next year.


Academic Year 2020/21

Sidra Javed - April Rep of the Month

Level 7 MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management with Work Placement

Why did you decide to become a Course Rep?

Connecting with people has always been easy for me. So I saw this as an opportunity to help my classmates by giving them a chance to voice their concerns and making them feel more connected to the overall learning experience.  

What’s a positive difference you’ve made as a Course Rep?

Due to Covid'19 the university experience has been challenging for everyone. As far as Online learning goes, some modules worked really well for us while others lacked in some areas. I was able to have one-on-one sessions with Module Leaders and give constructive feedback on how things were looking from our end. As a Course Rep I tried my best to bridge this student-teacher gap that came about due to online teaching. 

 

 

Madi Shield - March Rep of the Month

Level 5 FdA Working with Children, Young People and Families

 

 

Why did you decide to become a Course Rep?

I became a course rep as I thought I would be able to make a difference to students experience at university and also to improve my communication skills. It also looks really good on your CV. 

What’s a positive difference you’ve made as a Course Rep?

I believe that I have made a difference to the course for the next students joining by giving feedback on the quality of the teaching and the overall university experience. 

 

 

 

 

 

Adele Thaxter - January Rep of the Month


Level 7 Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visitor)

Why did you decide to become a Course Rep?

"I wanted to become a course rep because am an advocate for equality and I also like to help people."

What's a positive difference you've made as a Course Rep?

"It’s nice to know that people feel that they can talk to me and that I have helped my course mates."

 

 

 

Kenzie Bruso - November Rep of the Month

Level 5 Cyber Security with Forensics

Why did you decide to become a Course Rep?

“I decided I wanted to be a Course Rep because I wanted the opportunity to help the other students around me enjoy their time in university and on their course. Having the chance to make a course more enjoyable for not only the current students but the students to come is an amazing feeling.”

What’s a positive difference you’ve made as a Course Rep?

“One positive difference I have made was being able to have a discussion in one of our Course Rep meetings with one of my module leaders where we discussed what students felt was lacking and what could be improved. It was nice to see that by that next day they had already taken some of that feedback and put it into use. From there I heard a lot better things about their module and about them as a person. I think it really changed how people felt about the module and what it had to offer to them.”

 

Rep of the Month Archives

Academic Year 2017/18

Academic Year 2018/19

Academic Year 2019/20