The National Student Engagement Programme is delighted to announce that bookings are now being accepted for Introductory Class Rep Training for the 2021-22 academic year.  Last year NStEP rolled out a newly enhanced training programme across its network and trained a record-breaking 1,679 students across 115 training sessions. Of students trained, 1,505 completed Introductory Class Rep Training, 99% of whom reported that they would recommend the training to their peers.

This training is ideal for reps who are new to the role, reps who have not yet completed the training, or any rep who wishes to take introductory training again as a refresher.  Introductory training will be run primarily through institution/SU based sessions, with additional open sessions offered by NStEP towards the end of each semester to accommodate those who may have been unable to attend training organised at their college.  Introductory training is the starting point for reps who wish to work towards a Student Engagement Recognition Award for Academic Representation.

Institutions and students’ unions who participate in NStEP may now request training sessions using our online booking form.  A detailed booking guide provides useful advice and important information on the booking process.   

NStEP’s Full Student Training Offering for 2021-22

Introductory Class Rep Training is only one the training opportunities NStEP provides to support the work of class reps and students involved more broadly in student engagement and partnership initiatives.  After successful pilots in 2020-21, Representing Diversity Training and online self-study modules form a core component of NStEP’s training calendar this year.  ‘Open’ Introductory Class Rep Training sessions will also return for 2021-22 towards the end of each semester to provide opportunities for reps who may have been unable to attend training organised at their college.

NStEP is also excited to launch a new Advanced Class Rep Training module for the 2021-2022 academic year.  This training will be delivered as open sessions, which offers reps the opportunity to network and share experiences with peers from other institutions.  Each training session will be facilitated by our team of experienced student trainers, and will be delivered in a 90-minute online format.  Advanced Class Rep Training is ideal for any rep who has already completed NStEP’s introductory training and has experience in the role (e.g. as a returning rep).  Content focuses on navigating challenges, leadership in the class rep role, and communication skills.  It also explores building student-staff partnerships and succession/transition strategies.  Reps will be able to choose from a number of sessions using the ‘Book Training’ facility on NStEP’s Student Portal.

The chart below provides an overview of NStEP’s Student Training Programme offering for 2021-22, which was formally launched at our online National Student Engagement Network event on Friday, 3 September, 2021 from 12:00 – 13:00.