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POSTGRADUATE REPRESENTATION INTERN (2 positions)

Listed by University of St Andrews Students' Association

Applying

Application deadline: Mon 21 Sep 2020

Rate

£9 per hour (Grade 1.3)

Hours

Variable Hours (approx. 6 hours/week for 15 weeks)

Details

The Association

 

The University of St Andrews Students’ Association presently has over 9,000 members. We provide a range of services including advice and representation, a catering service on two sites and four bars. We are the primary entertainments venue for St Andrews’ students, and support a thriving student activities scene with over 140 affiliated societies. 

 

The Position

 

POSTGRADUATE REPRESENTATION INTERN

 

FURTHER PARTICULARS

Hours of work 

Variable

Salary

Grade 1.3, £9 per hour

Your role

The University of St Andrews has a well-developed and active system of student representation for undergraduate students. The representation system for postgraduate students does not benefit from the same active engagement and the success of the system relies heavily on the initiative of individual students fulfilling the role in a particular year. The current Postgraduate Academic Convenor conducted a survey of postgraduate representatives, School presidents, and Directors of Postgraduate Studies in Summer 2020 to gather impressions about the current postgraduate representation system. We are recruiting two interns to build on that report and gather additional evidence to support and enhance the recommendations. 

The interns will investigate other systems for postgraduate representation in the UK and beyond. They will be asked to identify institutions which have a promising system and then reach out to individuals involved in the system to get a first-hand account of how the system works in practice. One intern will be asked to think particularly about recruiting and rewarding postgraduate representatives while the other will consider the types of training and support that should be provided to postgraduate representatives. 

At the end of the internship a report is expected which will build on the initial report from the PG Academic Convenor, summarise findings, and make practical recommendations for changes to the postgraduate representation system.

 

2.

 

Person Specification

 

Attributes

Essential

Desirable 

Means of Assessment

(application form, interview, test, presentation etc.)

 

 

Education & Qualifications 

 

(technical, professional, academic qualifications and training required) 

 

Must be a postgraduate student working towards a PhD. Individuals who have recently completed their PhD will also be considered.

 

 

 

Certificates, application letter, CV

 

Experience & Knowledge

 

(examples of specific experience and knowledge sought)

 

Ability to evaluate, analyse and synthesise information

 

 

 

 

Involvement in planning, managing and delivering a successful project

 

Experience in social media

 

Experience in student representation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CV, application letter and interview

 

Competencies & Skills

 

(effective communication skills, initiative, flexibility, leadership etc.)   

 

 

Strong interpersonal skills and good at networking

 

Problem solving

 

Ability to communicate effectively and clearly

 

Ability to manage time and deadlines

 

Well-organised, attentive to detail and conscientious

 

High levels of motivation

 

Commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion principles 

 

 

 

Awareness of St Andrews academic, cultural and student life traditions and opportunities

 

Able to take initiative

 

Ability to work independently and collaboratively

 

Adaptable and flexible

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CV, application letter, interview

 

Essential Criteria – requirements without which a candidate would not be able to undertake the full remit of the role.  Applicants who have not clearly demonstrated in their application that they possess the essential requirements will normally be rejected at the short listing stage. 

 

Desirable Criteria – requirements which would be useful for the candidate to hold.  When short listing, these criteria will be considered when more than one applicant meets the essential requirements.  

 

How to Apply:

Applications by CV and covering letter should be sent to: Union Building, St Mary’s Place, St Andrews, KY16 9UZ. Email: union@st-andrews.ac.uk, tel: 01334 462700.

Closing date: 21st September 2020