Working with Class Reps

The importance of student representation

The relationship between students and staff at the University is very important. MUSA wants to encourage and facilitate the development of these relationships as much as possible.

Having a student to represent your class will allow for you to receive feedback more often as well as give you a channel to address students through another student. Furthermore, it will allow for you to deal with an issue before it becomes a generalised problem within the class.

We had many successful cases where courses were improved and students felt a bigger sense of achievement where class representatives were present.

How to support your class representative

Facilitate class representatives contact with the students they represent It is of great help if you could spare a few minutes to the new class representative to introduce himself/herself to the class. This will allow for students to know who to look for in case they need help.

In addition, if a representative is seeking for feedback from the class, one of the easiest ways to do it would be after the class is finished.

Engage the class representative

Taking a step to get to know your class representative and build a professional relationship with him/her will prove to be very beneficial for both you and the representative. You being approachable will also make the class representative feel more comfortable in discussing future matters with you.

Celebrate

Celebrate with your class representative at the end of the semester by sharing successes, working together to brainstorm improvements for future courses and so on.

Question

If you are uncertain or have any questions about this programme, please feel free to contact Uli Dias on sec@musa.org.nz at any time.