For the start of the academic year 2013/14 Fylde College decided to widen the support and help available to international students in settling into the College and the wider social, cultural and educational contexts of their first year at Lancaster.
We are seeking to recruit about 20 self-motivated, well organised, responsible second or third year students who are willing to support our new cohort of international students on their arrival in September 2014 and help them make the change to independent living and studying in a British HE environment.
The focus of the support provided by this team of advisors will be induction of international students from arrival weekend, through Freshers week and on to the end of the first academic term.
Beyond that we would expect the advisors to be available via email or directly (subject to their own workload and priorities) throughout the Lent Term to answer questions or to point international students in the direction of the College’s or Student Based Services support.
The role will provide an opportunity to become a member of a key team of college students whose leadership and support will make a fundamental difference to the experience of international students in accessing college and university services and facilities and in engaging with educational, social, sporting and cultural activities at Lancaster.
Responsibilities of the Role
Your responsibilities will be to:
• meet your group of allocated international students in Intro week;
• be accessible and available to answer questions from their group of students;
• cover a checklist of ‘useful things to know and do’ at Lancaster;
• introduce students to the concept of ‘getting involved’ (from Societies to the Lancaster Award);
• make sure that students are aware of their college advisor;
• attend formal college welcome briefings and events for international students;
• support, plan and organise some ‘inclusive’ events in Introweek (this in conjunction with JCR President);
• help organise and support specific meetings and events for those students on occasion throughout the term in response to need;
• offer an ‘office hour’ once a week in the first term for any questions or issues raised by their group of students.
Support and Training
You will be a Freshers’ Rep but with a difference. We hope you will become friends with the members of your group – in the College it is the closest we are able to move towards a buddying or mentoring system.
We will support you in this role by:
• by asking you to attend the Freshers’ Rep inductions on Saturday 27th September
• attending an international awareness and a welfare session within the college in June;
• direct support from the College Administrator and College Principal;
• support from our JCR Exec Reps;
• documentation in the form of a Fresher Rep Guide and International Fresher Rep Guide;
• contact cards with your preferred details on will be provided for distribution to international students in your care.
This is a responsible and important role both for the College and the University. The rewards for your personal development and the enrichment of your CV will be significant.
• The college will be happy to provide a reference for future employment should you require one.
• The role will count towards the Lancaster Award and should provide you with many Skills Bank examples.
• International Rep polo shirts will be given!
Contact Sue in the College Office for more information firstname.lastname@example.org or drop in for a chat.