When it comes to a university experience, it’s not just about hitting the books. It’s about forging connections, making memories, and finding your place within the academic community. On Wednesday, 4th October 2023, Student Engagement Lead, Simonne Weeks and Student Engagement Partners, Abeer Aamir and Grace Oreyeni with BSU’s Engagement Manager, Paul Murtough and BSU President, Ilia Katz hosted an event that embodied all these elements and more – the “Eat, Drink, Represent: Course Rep Network” gathering at The Venue.
The event was a true celebration of student engagement. We had students in all the courses including Biology, Biomedical Science, Ecology, Geography, Earth and Environment and Pharmacy. Held at the vibrant Brighton Student Union venue, it provided an ideal backdrop for students to come together, mingle, and share their university journey. Here’s a glimpse into what went down and why it was such a hit.
One thing that can unite people from all walks of life is food, and the “Eat, Drink, Represent” event was no exception. Attendees were treated to a spread of free refreshments, creating an inviting atmosphere to kickstart conversations and connections. Whether it was grabbing a slice of pizza, sharing a snack, or simply clinking glasses of drinks, this was a chance to relax and break the ice.
It was incredible to see students from all different disciplines and year groups come together and share their passion and ideas with one another. Students came in to solely learn about becoming a course rep, but left feeling inspired after learning from one another and making friends from across the school, which they wouldn’t have been able to meet otherwise.Abeer Aamir, Student Engagement Partner for School of Applied Sciences
But it wasn’t just about the food. The event also provided a unique opportunity to meet some of the university’s most important figures. Lecturers, fellow students, and Students’ Union officers were all in attendance, ready to connect with those eager to learn and make a difference.
It was wonderful to see students getting together, engaging with the SU and peers in their school. The atmosphere was very relaxed and positive, with students getting to know each other and asking questions to past course reps and staff. It was a great way to energise students into the important role of course reps and for the first time I had many offers for the role in my course!Nadia Terrazzine, Course Leader for Biological Sciences BSc(Hons)
The highlight of the event was hearing from current student representatives who shared their experiences within the School of Applied Sciences. They talked about their academic journey, the challenges they’ve faced, and the triumphs they’ve celebrated. It was a chance for attendees to get a first-hand account of what life is like at the university, straight from those who’ve walked the same path.
It was great to be able to link students form different years together and the conversations flowed naturally. It was a great vibe.Simonne Weeks, Student Engagement Lead for School of Applied Sciences
Of course, no gathering is complete without the opportunity to ask questions. Attendees had the chance to engage in lively discussions, seeking insights, advice, and clarifications from the student representatives and other academic figures present. This interaction allowed for a deeper understanding of what it means to be part of the academic community and what is expected in the role as a Course Representative.
It was great to see so many students at the event from all the different courses and good to see them all getting to know each other. The Course Reps are a fundamental link between the students and the teaching teams to let us know what we’re doing right but also what we can improve to make your courses even better than they already are. I hope you will consider becoming a Course Rep – it’s a great way to contribute to your course. My Best Wishes!Charley Chatterjee, Pharmacy MPharm Course Leader
Perhaps most importantly, the “Eat, Drink, Represent” event was about promoting bonds and making memories. It was a chance for students to socialise and relax. Friendships were formed, laughter rang out, and a sense of camaraderie filled the room.
I loved being able to meet new people and make new connections. The casual atmosphere really helped us all relax and be more comfortable talking to each other. It was especially helpful talking to the Student Engagement Partners who gave us advice for any of our concernsSwetha Kalaimani, Biomedical Science student
The event yesterday was a really good way to not only grasp a brief understanding of the role behind a student representative but also to hear about some of the experiences that previous student reps had had in their years prior as student representatives. Allowed me to understand more of my role and hopefully what is required of me if I am fortunate enough to become a student representative.Thomas Hurt, Biological Sciences student
We think the “Eat, Drink, Represent: Course Rep Network” event was a resounding success. It highlighted the importance of building connections, seeking inspiration from others, and having a good time while on your academic journey.
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