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Officer Development

FE Leaders

This course has been developed for elected officers of FE students’ unions.

This introductory course aims to enable officers to gain skills, knowledge and confidence to effective student leaders in further education.

The course will take delegates on a journey to reflect on their own responsibilities and understanding of leadership, to consider the impact of working collectively both locally and nationally, as well as understanding how to influence educational policy to drive quality and improvement in teaching and learning.

"For me FE Leadership was crucial in understanding my role, preparing for challenges and making like-minded friends from across the country… Leadership can be a scary word, people will often think “I’m not a leader” to them I say, leadership is knowing what needs to be done and the training course helps you to understand how to do it.” FE Leadership delegate, 2013 


Who is it for?

Full time FE officers from affiliated students' unions

Part time FE officers from affiliated students' unions

Delegates who attend the course will:
  • Reflect on why education, and the Further Education (FE) sector in particular, is important
  • Review strategies to widen participation in Union and Learner Voice activities
  • Explore positions of power and privilege with regard to mobilising and empowering other students
  • Consider different learning styles
  • Be introduced to Authentic Leadership
  • Learn how to use community organising to empower student leaders
  • Engage with NUS democratic process
  • Develop campaigning skills and tools to address local education and community issues
  • Understand the role of student leaders in the General Election 2015 campaign
  • Practice and develop confidence in public speaking
  • Consider next steps for student leaders during the academic year
30 June - 1 July 2014
Registration opens at: 10.00
Course begins at: 11.00
Course finishes at: 18.00

The packages we are offering are:

1. FE Leaders

Monday 30 June & Tuesday 1 July

£175 (plus VAT)

(includes accommodation, meals and training materials)


2. FE Leaders + Day One SU2014

Monday 30 June – Wednesday 2 July

£230 (plus VAT)

(includes first night accommodation & meals)


3. FE Leaders & SU2014

Monday  30 June – Thursday 3 July

£265 (plus VAT)

(includes first night accommodation & meals up to lunchtime on Thursday – an evening meal is not provided)


4. FE Leaders, SU2014 & NUS Awards

Monday 30 June – Thursday 3 July

£330 (plus VAT)

(includes first night accommodation & meals)


Travel bursary:

NUS is offering a travel bursary you can apply to if your Union has either less than an annual block grant of £500 and/or are over 80 miles from the venue (Bolton).

It will be used to fund the most 'reasonable' return train fare and will be administered on a first-come-first-served basis.

You will be asked to indicate your interest in applying for a travel bursary during the online course registration process.
Evening activities for Monday 30 June:
NUS is considering the following activities listed below:
- VIP Cinema screening
- Watching World Cup Footbal
- Chilling out in the Hotel
- Quiz in the Hotel
You will be asked to indicate your preference during the online course registration process.

NUS Training Team

All trainers who deliver this course have a wealth of knowledge of the FE sector and many years experience of working with FE Students’ Unions between them.
Delegates who attend this course will be supported and coached through the course, enabling them to fully engage with the content of the course whether they are in plenaries, tutor groups or networking opportunities.
Throughout the course delegates ideas, discussions and debates will be positively challenges to enable them to look at a topic more deeply and from all perspectives.
Course documents
If delegates have particular learning needs or need course materials provided in alternative formats, please contact: training@nus.org.uk
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Training event policies:
NUS Code of Conduct that we ask everyone (including members) to adhere to whilst attending our training courses

Register for this course 

Close of registration: Friday 13 June 2014

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