Open Space Council Reps

Open Space Council Reps

Open Space Council Reps

Position Type: Voluntary, part-time.
Number of Posts Available: 6
Time Commitment: Approx. 3-4 hours per month (until June 2020).
Requirements: You must self-identify as having a disability.

As a Union Council Open Space Rep, you will give Hallam students a voice in important meetings, and influence decisions being made at the University and the Union that will affect them. As you will not be representing a specific demographic or group, it's more flexible than most Rep roles, and you will be free to focus on whichever issues or areas you think are most important. There are six Open Space positions available in this election.

You'll have the power and resource to influence policy change and improve the Hallam student experience. Previous Open Space Reps have introduced policies on reducing single-use plastic at the SU, lobbying for better support for disabled students, and challenging our membership of NUS - others have focused on just providing a more general student perspective on policies brought by other reps. It's totally up to you how you carry out the role.

It's a fantastic opportunity to make positive change for thousands of students, and gain some useful experience for your CV along the way. You'll receive full training and support throughout, so all you need to bring is the passion and ideas!

If you want more detail on any of the above roles that aren't answered in the FAQs below, just email hallamelections@shu.ac.uk


What do Open Space Reps actually do? ↓

They attend Union Council meetings (3 times a year, approx. 2 hours each) where key decisions are made about Students' Union policies, campaigns and beliefs. They can choose to introduce ideas for change themselves, or just provide their perspective on ideas suggested by other reps, in an effort to improve the Hallam student experience.

Who can be an Open Space Rep? ↓

The only requirement is that you're a current Hallam student. Any student - undergraduate or postgraduate, UK or international, first year or final year - who meets this requirement can be the rep.

How big a time commitment is it? ↓

The time commitment is very flexible. It could be just a couple of hours every few months, or more if you wanted to work on lots of projects. Either way, the work can mostly be fit around your own schedule and studies, so it's very flexible.

What experience do I need? ↓

No specific previous experience is needed, just the right attitude and commitment to the role. Staff are available to support you throughout the year, so you will receive plenty of help and guidance.

What would I gain by being a student rep? ↓

You’d be in a position to make a significant positive difference to students studying at Sheffield Hallam and influence the Students’ Union’s decisions. You’d also get to improve your leadership, decision-making and communication skills, while gaining experience that will look great on your CV and boost your employability. This could range from chairing meetings, to events management, marketing, or politics and policy.

Want to be one of this year's Open Space Council Reps?

Want to find out more? Think you might be interested but want to ask some questions first? Book in a quick 'Candidate Coaching' session with one of the elections team and we can talk you through anything you're unsure of: