Becoming a student rep is a great opportunity to develop your skills and learn more about the profession. Here three students share some of the benefits they have gained from the experience:
Luke Tobin, Cardiff university
Since becoming a student rep for the CSP I feel I have become much more immersed in the profession and feel more involved in the 'big picture' of physiotherapy.
This has been reinforced by my attending the CSP’s Welsh Country Board meetings which allowed me to gain a greater insight into physiotherapy in Wales, and has furthered my interest in politics in healthcare through promoting the #backingrehab campaign with my local Welsh assembly candidates.
Becoming a student rep has also created some great networking opportunities with others within the profession, both students and qualified members of the CSP.
Chris Onoufriou, University of Southampton
Being a CSP student rep has been such a great experience for me. Personally the best part is the networking that you are able to do. Not only have I made many new friends from universities across the country but I have also met potential future employers and even managed to secure a summer job with one of them.
Speaking to reps from other universities gave me with an opportunity to hear how their courses are run and I have been able to pass this information onto my university.
Another great thing about being a CSP student rep is that I am able to have a say in the future of the profession and to actually make a difference.
Ellie Bryan, University of Nottingham
When I joined university, I knew I wanted to be involved in some way as a rep for my course, and when the student member officer came in to tell us about the CSP rep position, I knew I would enjoy it.
I am an organised person and the role has helped me channel my skills, from organising Work Out at Work days to planning and producing a noticeboard and encouraging students to become CSP members. It has helped build my confidence and made me realise I can make a difference. I have developed public speaking skills and valuable networking opportunities on a regional and national level.
As a second year rep, the opportunity to become regional co-ordinator came up, and I was chosen to hold this position for the next academic year which meant I was also a member of the Students’ Executive Committee, which holds meetings at the CSP Headquarters in London.
I enjoy the challenge of discussing higher profile issues and making sure the voice of the Midlands students is heard. I am excited to continue my role through third year and hope to have a positive impact, and inspire other students to be pro-active in the physiotherapy community.