Communications Workgroup

Student representatives’ usual activities are enriched by the opportunity to be part of different workgroups, which focus on specific topics in more depth. For example, in the 2020/2021 academic year, there are five of them: a working group on study quality, development, doctoral students, international students and communication. We will introduce them all in turn.

Communications play a vital role in the student union’s functioning. The student representatives have to be visible so that the students know who they can turn to when they have some problems. And when a student does turn to their representative, they have to pass the concern on to the right place. The representative also has to take care that important information would move in the opposite direction – towards the student. 

This is why each student council should have their own social media channel and a good collaboration with the institute’s information letter’s manager. When we return to normalcy, we should also set up UTSU’s very own notice boards in the study buildings. By the way, some buildings already have them 😉 And if the situation allows it, we kindly welcome events that increase the collaboration between the students and their representatives. Why not have a small coffee and kringle between your lectures in the students’ recreation room? For example, the student representatives of the philosophy and semiotics institute arranged a participatory cafe last year, where together with the lecturers and students, they discussed the applicability of the studies, the institute’s development, the community and the physical study environment. 

So, if you like to communicate, organise and be active in social media, you’re more than welcome to take on this important role as a student representative! 

The student union also has a communications workgroup where people share good practices and tips, for example, on how to create messages that have more substance and visual appeal. Although there is no obligation to assign a communications enthusiast to the institute student councils, it is a most welcome step and participating in the workgroup is 100% useful. But the faculty student councils do appoint a person to be the one responsible for the communications. In the faculty of medicine, this person is Martin Špol, who shared their vision of the workgroup and how good communications work.

This is Martin, a medical student

But this here is Martin Špol, representative in the Faculty of Medicine Student Council and Communications Workgroup member

Martin is convinced that the student union’s main role is bettering the students’ study conditions on multiple levels and through multiple approaches because the spectre of influences is wide, and without communications, we wouldn’t be able to do much. “We know that everybody only sees things from their point of view. Without communications, UTSU’s decisions wouldn’t reflect the student body’s vision and vice versa; every institute would develop too separately in their own pace and direction, while not taking advantage of the other specialities’ experiences in carrying out innovations, solving conflicts, perfecting infrastructure etc.,” he says. 

Martin finds that visibility is the foundation of communications, as in being visible as a student representative. The faculty of medicine student council uses its strategic tools for this – the website, a monthly newsletter and, to a lesser extent, Facebook. 

“The website concentrates the bits of information that are important for a medical sciences’ student: the student union, professional associations, mailing lists, national defence, stipends and the faculty’s structure. In the newsletter, we write about what’s happened in the faculty, what the students have achieved and guarantee a two-way information exchange. The Facebook group is a bit less formal environment that we use to fill in the gaps between these newsletters,” he describes how they’ve covered each aspect in their communications.

When the areas of responsibility were being given out in MVÜK at the beginning of the academic year, Martin specifically chose this one. “I did this for the simple reason that this choice promised plenty of challenges.” He said that the sources for his confidence were the parallel practical of tutoring, the general open attitude to new people and a wish to deal with the topics of moving information

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