Lead and Change: First Years

This flagship three-day training event is specifically for first year officers who are new to the role. Covering a wide range of topics such as essential leadership skills, understanding power and privilege including the system of oppression and effective and inclusive coaching skills, will culminate in your ability to create the change you want to see in your union.

This course is split into the following remits:

  • Presidents
  • Higher Education
  • Welfare
  • Student Opportunities

By splitting the course into these remits, we aim to help you create and sustain core networks with officers who have shared or have similar portfolios, sharing experiences and ideas to help you with your time in office.

As well as the three-day event you will be provided with online resources which will be an additional resource for you to aid to and sustain your knowledge.

As a result of the training you will be able to:

  • Utilise institutional and positional power
  • Unite people to take collective action
  • Challenge systemic oppression
  • Reflect on your internal and external environment in decision making

Who should attend:

All first year Student Officers; including Presidents, Welfare, Education, Activities, Engagement etc.

Course Information:

Date Location   Course Timings Registration Deadline
24 - 26 July 2018 University of Hertfordshire

First Year:

Student Opportunities Officers


3 day course:

10am - 6pm

Late registration will be open until:

10th July 2018

31 - 2 August 2018 Leeds Beckett University

First Year:

Education Officers

Welfare Officers


3 day course:

10am - 6pm

Late registration will be open until:

17th July 2018



£399.00 - Full Delegate

£250 - Limited number of spaces are available for FE and Small and Specialist Institutions.

Please see the criteria for the discounted amount


Additional Information:


Joining Instructions Week 1 (University of Hertfordshire):


Joining Instructions Week 2 (Leeds Beckett) :

Impact of training for individuals and organisations:

  • A more inclusive students' union
  • Improved resillience
  • Wider student engagement with the students' union
  • Increased confidence of leading as a student officer
  • Increased campaign success
  • Improved network of fellow student officers

As a part of the training you will:

  • Define the purpose of a students’ union
  • Describe the importance of using different types of power in different situations
  • Explain the importance of the trustee board in setting strategy and allocating resource
  • Recognise the strengths and limitations of different models of representation and decision making
  • Explain how to effectively use influencing, negotiation and persuasion techniques
  • Apply coaching skills to support and empower a diversity of leaders around you
  • Explain how to build sustainable and strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders
  • Differentiate between a variety of approaches to creating change
  • Communicate a compelling story about yourself
  • Recognise how systems of oppression operate and intersect to disadvantage some groups and maintain power and privilege for others
  • Identify the barriers to education and participation facing the diversity of your membership
  • Generate ideas for building cultural and historical intelligence and engagement with marginalised and underrepresented groups
  • Articulate methods to implement self and collective care to support wellbeing of your allies and of yourself
  • Recognise your vulnerabilities and how to approach them
  • Articulate what you want to achieve and how that relates to your values

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This course is all about students’ unions being diverse, inclusive and equitable organisations, supporting them to attract and retain outstanding people.


For more details contact the Learning and Development team,