Student Training Programme

NStEP Development Coordinator takes up post!

Back in December NStEP advertised for a new Development Coordinator to join the Programme, and we’re delighted to announce that Dr Jeffrey Cox took up the role last month. Jeffrey has really hit the ground running on the enhancement and expansion of our the current national student training programme. Find out more about Jeffrey and his NStEP plans below!

Dr Jeffrey Cox led our recent Student Training Development Day. Pictured here with some of the NStEP Student Trainers (l-r) Stephen Foley, Yvana Mpessa, Anna Heverin, and Zoe Louise Cummins.

Jeffrey Cox has been appointed Development Coordinator for the National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP). He comes to the role with a broad experience in the education and non-profit sectors and has taught in a variety of contexts in the United States, United Kingdom (Fulbright Exchange), and in Ireland.

As Development Coordinator, Jeffrey is currently leading work on NStEP’s Student Training Programme. Developed in 2016, the Student Training Programme has been highly successful at training class reps across the country to champion student engagement and partnerships at their institutions, ensuring that they have the skills and confidence to effectively represent their peers and affect change. In 2018 the training was further developed to meet the needs of reps for postgraduate taught programmes and in online/blended learning environments.

Building on this success, Jeffrey is currently working to enhance and expand the Student Training Programme and plans to work closely with staff and students’ union officers from participating higher education institutions, as well as the NStEP team of Student Trainers. In addition to reinvigorating the content and structure of training modules, a new system of recognition and digital badging for students who participate in training will also be rolled out for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Despite being in the role for just one month, Jeffrey has hit the ground running, including presenting plans for expansion of student training to the first National Advisory Group for Student Engagement, as well as organising a Development Day to review current training and examine options for student recognition. A number of our Student Trainers will be working with Jeffrey to develop these plans further, ensuring that our training remains student-led and student-driven.

To find out more about the work of NStEP, get in touch!

Contacts details can be found here.

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