‘Being a rep has taught me the importance of networking’

Here’s what Kaytrina, an Accessibility and Inclusion Rep for the Anthropology department, has to say about the role…

‘I’ve enjoyed the role of Accessibility and Inclusion Rep along with the various challenges that it’s entailed. I enjoyed meeting and speaking to people, and being the voice of those that were not confident in speaking up for themselves.

It can be very confusing and stressful for some students living away from home for the first time, especially if they are unaware of the help that is there for them should they need it, or who to seek advice from - so I created a Facebook Page where information was posted about services available at Goldsmiths. A link to the page along with my email was added to a set of slides made accessible to students at the start of lectures prior to exams.

There were many meetings within the department that I had to attend - SU meetings and a project which meant interviewing PhD students and lecturers. This did add to my workload, but it was a rewarding experience.

I met and worked alongside reps from other departments as we helped each other with our projects and tasks and expanded friendship groups. I also met other lecturers and got involved in projects such as the Digital Recording Project, none of which would have been possible had I not been part of the rep team.

Being a rep helps to build your confidence and teaches you to manage your time and workload efficiently; it also teaches you the importance of networking. Networking is important no matter where you find yourself, and working with such a diverse and interesting group of individuals has certainly taught me not just about my fellow students but so much about myself, too.’

Interested in representing your peers next year? Recruitment is now open for the positions of Department Rep or Accessibility and Inclusion Rep for the 2019/20 academic year. Have a read here - http://bit.ly/2LUFfp0 - for all the information you need to know and how you can apply!