Faye Clarke is a Third Year Fashion & Textile Design student who won November Course Rep of the Month. Faye spoke to us about being a Course Rep. 

Why did you become a Course Rep?

I have been a Course Rep for all three years I have studied here. I initially became a Course Rep by being nominated in my first year, and I have stayed in the role. I don’t see it as just a course focused role, but as a mature student with advice to give.

How did you feel about winning the award?

I was really shocked but it was very nice that someone had thought about me, it was very kind.

What has been the biggest thing you have achieved for other students? How has this helped them and improved your course? 

I just talk to students. I’ve never really seen myself as a “Course Rep”. You be a friend, you be a person, just talk to anyone about any issues, whether home life or workl ife. If I know something I will tell them and share whatever knowledge I have. Our course is a good course and doesn’t need an activist. I give support to student for whatever they want, it’s more pastoral but it’s just a natural thing. If someone needs a hug you give them a hug.

I’ve worked with other Course Reps to support issues, but they’re typically small. For example, class sizes are growing and we’ve needed longer sewing opening hours, access to specialised resources, and more space. We work well with the lecturers and achieved this, as well as a new technician.

Why did you pick your course?

I worked in the arts and craft industry and as a freelancer. I decided I wanted to develop myself and finally come to Uni and get my degree.

What is the best thing about your course?

The lecturers and technicians. A lot of the technicians don’t get the recognition they deserve. They are really supportive and do a lot for us, and the lecturers do a lot for students behind the scenes. Our lecturers have a large variety of techniques and so we can gain more and more experience. The equipment we can physically use is also really good and enables students to do a lot of different things and to experiment more. Third year is the best year as the support is unbelievable.

What are you spending your voucher on?

Probably a book to sit down and relax with in the garden after graduation.