Freshers Rep Applications 2022

We’re on the lookout for some outstanding students to be Freshers Reps to help new and returning students settle into life at Heriot-Watt. Apply now at https://forms.office.com/r/qXKABmA7Ae

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We’re on the lookout for some outstanding students to be Freshers Reps to help new and returning students settle into life at Heriot-Watt.

Keep reading for lots of useful info about the role. Or if you're just looking for the application form, click the big blue button NOW!

WHAT IS A FRESHERS REP?  

A Freshers Rep is a volunteer whose main aim is to make new students feel welcome at Heriot-Watt. You might have seen them before during your Freshers Week - they're the people in bright pink t-shirts who made you feel welcome on campus. They’re a really important part of Freshers Week who encourage students to make friends, ensure events run smoothly and be a friendly face for anyone needing help. The Student Union wouldn’t be able to run all our great events and activities without them!  

  

WHAT WOULD I BE DOING?  

We’ve got options for you to volunteer as a Freshers Rep both in-person and online this year.  

Most of our activities will be face to face for Freshers Week 2022. If you’d like to volunteer in-person, you can expect to:  

  • Help students move into their Halls  

  • Answer questions from students and their parents  

  • Lead activities to help students meet new friends and settle in to University life (these might be on or off campus) 

  • Encourage students to get involved in activities across Freshers Week and beyond  

  • Make sure Watt Welcome Fair runs smoothly  

  • Be a friendly face for all students around campus  

  

We expect there will be a handful of opportunities to be a virtual Freshers Rep too. If you’d like to volunteer online, you can expect to:  

  • Answer questions from students and their parents  

  • Lead team-building activities to help students meet their new friends  

  • Encourage students to get involved in activities across Freshers Week and beyond  

  • Make sure the online Watt Welcome Fair runs smoothly  

  • Be a friendly face for all students virtually  

Also if you’ve been a Freshers Rep before, you’ve got the opportunity to apply for a Team Leader position!  

 A group of Freshers Reps wearing bright pink and blue clothing at Watt Welcome Fair 2021

WHO CAN BE A FRESHERS REP?  

Any student can be a Freshers Rep, so long as you'll still be a student in September 2022. It's not just for Undergraduate students either - if you're a Masters or PhD student, we'd love to have you on board too.

We're looking for a wide variety of students to be Freshers Reps. There’s lots of qualities which make an excellent Freshers Rep and each volunteer brings their own skills and experience to the role. 

Are you:  

  • Friendly and approachable?  

  • Happy to speak to anyone and everyone?  

  • Passionate about helping others?  

  • A team-player?  

  • Good at thinking on your feet?  

  • Full of energy?  

Said yes to all these? Sounds like you’d make a brilliant Freshers Rep!  

  

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?  

There’s loads of benefits to becoming a Freshers Rep. Here’s just a few reasons why you should apply:  

  • A fantastic week with new pals face to face 

  • Free Freshers Rep merch and meals on shift 

  • Learn new skills and gain brilliant volunteer experience  

  • Something impressive to put on your CV  

  • Log volunteer hours to go on your graduation transcript   

  • Those warm, fuzzy feels knowing you’ve helped someone out  

  

WHEN WOULD YOU NEED ME?  

This year, Freshers Week runs from Saturday 3rd September – Sunday 11th September. As a Freshers Rep, we’d love for you to be available for at least 3 shifts across the week. We’ll also be running a compulsory training session online on Tuesday 30th August which you’ll need to attend.  

  

HOW DO I APPLY?  

The application form’s right here. As well as a few questions about you to complete, we’re also looking for a 60 second video from you to show us why you’d be good at being a Freshers Rep. We don't need anything fancy - feel free to film it on your phone. We're not looking for high production values, we’re just wanting to see your passion and energy shine through!  

These links should give you an idea of what we’re looking for from the video:  

You’ve got until 9am, Monday 13th June to complete your application.  

 A small, very cute black dog (called Luci) wears a bright pink Freshers Rep t-shirt 

I’VE GOT QUESTIONS. WHO CAN I SPEAK TO?  

For some first-hand experience of what being a Freshers Rep is like, drop Shana a message on Teams or email at union.vpcommunity@hw.ac.uk  

For anything else, drop Polly a message on Teams or email at p.glynn@hw.ac.uk   

 

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Freshers Rep Applications 2022

We’re on the lookout for some outstanding students to be Freshers Reps to help new and returning students settle into life at Heriot-Watt. Apply now at https://forms.office.com/r/qXKABmA7Ae