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University of Strathclyde Students’ Association Executive Shadowing Scheme 2016/17

University of Strathclyde Students’ Association Executive Shadowing Scheme 2016/17

Raj Jeyaraj - President

Influencing the Strathclyde Student Experience - Learn and get involved in governance, social enterprise, activism, and representation


What is the Executive Shadowing Scheme?

The University of Strathclyde Students’ Association (USSA) recognises that Women, International, Widening access, and Disabled students are under-represented in the association’s democratic structures. This scheme aims to address this under-representation by providing Women, International, Widening access, and Disabled students with an opportunity to become engaged in the association through becoming part of executive, activism, representation, public and political life in Strathclyde.


The scheme provides participants with training on media skills, equality and diversity, presentation skills, campaigning, and the workings of Strathclyde, local, Scottish and UK Government.

Training is accompanied by shadowing an Executive over a period of time. Some of the things that you can get involved in during this time are observing Strathclyde Association parliament/University committee meetings, helping students in distress, campaigning, lobbying, social media, writing press releases, scrutinising financial accounts, drafting business proposals, and learning different aspects of the Students’ association.

The Executive Shadowing Scheme is a great way for you to gain political experience, develop your understanding of Student representation, being a trustee, managing multiple stakeholders, and to empower and inspire yourself and your friends to become active in the Students Association.


“I am delighted to introduce the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association Executive shadowing scheme. I know how important it is having a mentor to look up to in education, students’ association and just how vital getting that first foot in the door really is. Our association can only be improved with greater equality and diversity and the USSA Executive shadowing scheme will give a lot of people the confidence to get further involved in the Students’ Association and wider activities.”
Raj Jeyaraj, President of University of Strathclyde Students’ Association and
National Union of Students’ International Students’ Officer for Scotland

The USSA Executive Shadowing Scheme is open to all International, Widening access, self-defining women, and self-defining disabled students. You do not need to be a member of a society, or a representative however a keen interest in higher education, representation, social enterprise, charities, willingness to learn and commitment to this scheme are essential. The time commitment is approximately one day per week for a six-week period excluding training


Please email andi.anderson@strath.ac.uk by 1200 hours, 31st October 2016 if interested. Please include:

  1. Name
  2. Course
  3. Year
  4. Email address
  5. Phone number
  6. Why you would like to join this scheme – max 200 words
  7. What do you want to achieve from it – max 200 words
  8. Which aspects of the union are you interested in?
    1. Education
    2. Equality and Diversity
    3. Support and welfare
    4. Volunteering and Development
    5. Governance
    6. Social Enterprise

Training dates:
Week commencing 31/10 - Interviews
Week commencing 07/11 - Induction (2 hours)
Week commencing 14/11 - Introduction to the Association (2 hours)
Week commencing 21/11 - Equalities Training (2 hours)
Week commencing 28/11 - Media (PRESS) Training (2 hours)
Week commencing 05/12 - Campaigns training (2 hours)
Week commencing 12/12 - Moving forward (2 hours)

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