WHAT IS A CLASS REP?
Your Class Rep (Class Representative) is the spokesperson for your class within the Institute. The Class Rep is the first point of contact for all Institute authorities with your class .
Why become a class rep
- You’ll make new friends.
- Gain skills such as leadership and negotiation skills.
- Employers regard class reps very highly.
Role of a class rep
- Leader – If there is a problem, your class will turn to you for guidance.
- Spokesperson – If your class has something to say, it sis up to you to say it.
- Organiser – If your class wants to get together and have fun outside of class then it’s up to you to plan an event.
Duties of a class rep
The most important part of your job is to represent your classmates. It’s important to realise you are representing your class, and not yourself when you’re in a class rep meeting. So if you know your classmates are opposed to an idea that’s being discussed, you must reflect that in your vote at the meeting, regardless of your own personal views.
Attending class rep meetings
You are the voice of your class. If all class reps actively get involved in the class reps meetings, and propose new ideas and raise issues, the Union can be very effective at bringing about positive changes that will help all students here in GMIT.
We need to know how we are being perceived by our students. We simply don’t have the time or the resources to be checking up on every class to make sure things are going okay. Similarly your classmates need to know what actions the union is taking on a local and national level.
Many class reps focus on bringing their class together as a group. Although your primary task is representative, there’s no harm bringing a bit of fun to the job and organising some out of college activities or even GMIT branded hoodies for the class.
Get involved in SU campaigns
In the SU we run various campaigns throughout the year. We are always looking for volunteers so if you know anyone who is in your class and who would be interested let us know.