The union has ample of opportunities for you to develop and improve your skills, but none are as interesting and impactful on your students’ experience as standing for the role of Students’ Union Councillor. The benefits go far beyond making you more employable, including:
Making interesting friends
The council brings together people who are really engaged and are here to make a positive difference to student life. You might meet people who disagree with you completely, but may still become friends with them. Alongside this, you will meet people with similar interests who may well become friends throughout your university life and beyond.
Negotiating and learning
Many times the Union council sees discussion on topics which are quite controversial. These issues might not have a correct answer and the policy would depend on which way the council swings. You might find yourself on the less popular side, as I did sometimes, but believe me here even losing is winning. You will learn more from a lost argument than one which was popular.
Making a difference
The councillors do amazing things. They have prevented departments from shutting down, to helping to decide which companies are able to sell their products in the Students’ Union building, . Some councillors’ sit on various committees such as the finance committee, academic representative committee and many more.
Become informed and lead the way
Ever wondered how democracy actually works? Wondered what happens in parliamentary debates? Well, students union council isn’t the whole of the UK, but it still provides an insight on how things work in a democracy. Seize this opportunity to get yourself exposed to debates and discussion to enrich yourself. Who knows probably you might be able to chart a new direction for the Students’ Union!
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Do not fret if you are a first year student. I was one when I became the Councillor for the Economics department. One things I can tell you – becoming a councillor was one of the best experiences I have had so far at university.
I am running for the International Students’ Councillor, so who knows I might see you at the council some time!