Preparing for your future, Student Champions, Student Stories, Work Experience

Clarissa: Why become a student champion?

Clarissa Le Neindre-Hubbard, PGT from Geography and Planning.

“There were two reasons I was motivated to become a student champion. Firstly, as a MSc student, I wanted to find a flexible role that would fit around my studies. Secondly, and what attracted me most to this particular role, as a people person, I was really interested in the prospect of being able to engage with lots of different students and staff.

It has been such an exciting, varied role where I feel as though I have gained an infinite number of skills. I have probably seen the biggest change in my confidence. Before starting this role, the prospect of trying to convince students to fill in our surveys or the idea of speaking in front of a crowded lecture theatre felt pretty daunting! However, as each shift passed, I felt myself gaining more confidence and now, I relish the chance to get out of my comfort zone.

I have also become a lot more comfortable with public speaking. It is such an important skill for several professions, and even some degree disciplines, and being a student champ has given me the perfect chance to practice! I found that by switching my nerves for excitement and practicing what I was going to say now makes me feel a lot more at ease when I deliver presentations or talk in front of large crowds.

Furthermore, I have developed some unexpected skills. Taking part in focus groups where I have offered feedback on education services has helped me to become a better critical thinker. Also, participating in the design of promotional material to attract students has unleashed a creative flair I didn’t know I had! Participating in the selection of staff applications for education funding has really made me feel directly involved in the future projects of this university.

I would 100% recommend the role of student champion to any student who is looking for a part-time job which they can fit around their studies. It also offers the chance for students to gain really crucial skills for their personal and professional development. The variety that this job role offers means that not a single shift is the same!”

Clarissa Le Neindre-Hubbard, PGT from Geography and Planning.


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