My name is Izzy Walker and I am the chair person this year of the Student Council. I am in my first year of the Primary Education Course on Riverside Campus, alongside being a Veterinary Nursing Assistant at the local vets in my spare time!
Being the chairperson means that I will lead the meetings, facilitate discussion, making sure that everyone’s voice is heard, and be available to answer any queries the members may have.
I am excited to see and be a part of what the council this year will achieve - bring it on
- Student Council chair to be a student
- Chair is to guide the meetings through the agenda
- Facilitate discussion and ensure time limits are kept to
- Chase, collate and circulate reports in advance of meetings (1 week and 2 days before each meeting) to members to ensure council members are informed before meetings.
- Facilitate voting in and outside of meetings- Chair has no voting rights
- All the business is discussed
- Everyone’s views are heard
- Clear decisions are reached
- The meeting starts and finishes on time.
- Don’t use your position as an opportunity to impose your views. You are there to facilitate the meeting, not dominate it.
- Keep an overview – remember your role as chair.
- Listen to other people.
- Make sure all view points get heard – including those you disagree with.
- Don’t be under-assertive- make sure you keep conversations to time and task without imposing your own views
- Restraining those who talk too much.
- Encouraging those who are quiet, nervous, or new to meetings.