I'm going to bullet point this as there is so much. My top 5 skills that are transferable from VP to Pres are: - I sat on (and still sit on) University Senate. This is just below University Council, but are largely similar in function. The skills I gained from my time include challenging senior academics and UoS execs in a meaningful way that means they are receptive and likely to want to help. Stakeholder management is KEY. - When you are a sabb, you have internal training for months. I have completed this all before and would need a refresh, but I can pretty much start from the get go. I even have an award for project management! - I admit, I was so shy at first when I was elected VP Ed Dem but now I am a loud mouth an proud. I am confident and able to use my persuasive skills that I harnessed as VP to get the uni to implement the no-detriment policy when COVID-19 hit. Likewise, I was able to convince the university to grant £10,000 to Humanities for resources for our students. - Research skills. I spent A LOT of time writing reports and papers for SUSU and UoS on various subjects (lecture recordings and course rep systems are just two of the many examples). It was part of the job. As time went on, I got quicker at gathering, analysing, interpreting and presenting all findings to UoS and SUSU staff. - Learning to have those difficult conversations. If it wasn't for my experience as VP Ed Dem, I wouldn't have grown as a person nor learned how to people manage. I was head of 400 reps and finding the ways to break bad news or have those conversations you'd rather avoid was no longer an option. I learned to adapt and build those relationships with students that often meant once the news was broken, we would work collaboratively to find solutions. We turned a negative into a positive!
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