School Community Organisers

Say ‘hi’ to your SCOs for this year!

The School of Creative Arts has 3 School Community Organisers (SCOs) for the 2018-19 academic year. They are:

  • Rachel Wathan (Level 5 Fine Art). Rachel advises student reps and provides student support
  • Nicola Brown (Level 6 Film & Television Production). Nicola coordinates School events
  • Anna Martynyuk (Level 6 Digital Media Design). Anna manages the School of Creative Arts Society

Your SCOs are here to help. If you want your voice to be heard and you’d like to make a difference to your University experience, get in touch with them. They are always keen to hear about good things that are happening in the School, as well as ideas for how things might be even better.

Contact your SCOs at creativearts.sco@hertfordshire.su

What is a School Community Organiser (SCO)?

Each School in the University appoints a number of School Community Organisers (SCOs). An SCO provides support and guidance to the Student Representatives within our programmes and are an important link between the School and Hertfordshire Students’ Union (HSU). In short, SCOs work to promote and develop a community of students within each school. While the specifics of each role will be depend on the culture and dynamics of the school, SCOs will:

  • support the School Officer and Student Representatives to ensure that students are represented;
  • support school-based activities and events, whether social or academic (or both);
  • promote and support societies within each school;
  • assist with the delivery of Student Rep training.

SCOs receive a bursary of £1000 (subject to successful appraisal), paid in two £500 instalments, one in Semester A, one in Semester B.

Why would you want to become an SCO?

Being an SCO gives you the opportunity

  • to achieve real improvements within your School and to share your success with your fellow students and with other schools in the University;
  • to influence and enhance the student experience at the University;
  • to learn new skills which will enhance your CV;
  • to make new friends;
  • to earn an honorarium (£1,000) for your hard work and valuable input;

The University will give formal recognition to the period undertaken as an SCO.

How can I apply to be an SCO?

All students who are currently studying on a programme within the School are eligible to make a written application for the position of School Community Organiser. Applications are submitted via the Hertfordshire Students’ Union website, where more information can be found, together with application forms:

https://hertfordshire.su/your-say/studentreps/sco/

Applicants for the following academic year are usually interviewed in the period between March and June, and their appointment will be for one year (although it is possible to reapply for the role).

The SCO recruitment process is promoted within the School and across the University from March each year – look out for posters and for news on StudyNet and the HSU website.

If you would like to find out more, speak to the current SCOs or to the Associate Dean of School (Learning and Teaching), Dr Ivan Phillips: i.j.phillips@herts.ac.uk

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