Each year we partner up senior managers from the University, including the Vice-Chancellor, Directors of Colleges, and Directors of Professional Services, with students from across the University. If you are partnered as a student, you will gain an insight into how the University works, what it’s like working in a high profile career, and it gives you an opportunity to share your experiences of being a real student.
You will meet other students who are on the scheme, and your staff partner at a Welcome Event in October. You will then meet up with your staff partner and share activities for the equivalent of one day; this could be going to some of their meetings or by bringing them along to a seminar. After your initial shadowing, you then meet up regularly on a more informal basis throughout the year.
For this year only, this opportunity is open to students who have not previously been involved in extra-circular activities (e.g. being a rep, or being involved in sports and societies) – if you are unsure just get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Not only is this an exciting opportunity to meet high-profile academics, but taking part will give you loads of employability skills, helping to make you ‘WorkReady’
You will be fully briefed before you meet your senior manager. Your manager and their personal assistant will be your first point of contact and support. We in the SU will also be on hand throughout the year to answer any questions you may have.
“Even though staff are very busy, we met more often than I expected. It was really enjoyable and relaxed when we were together, we hit it off at the Welcome event and it continued throughout the year. I learnt about her job and what it takes to be a manager, the different parts of the department, and how it fits with the whole Uni. I found out there are so many people and process behind every little change that is made, which then benefit all students.
“My partner was equally interested in me, and what my experiences are on my course and in my spare time too. This scheme breaks down the barrier between staff and students to just see each other as people. I wasn’t seen as just a student; I was seen as me.”
Mus, 1st Year Biology, paired with Director of Student Affairs