The University provides a thorough training programme for senior residents, starting with three days of compulsory training usually in the second week of September. You will also be provided with opportunities to acquire new skills from first aid to event planning.
Our training will help develop:
- Your knowledge and understanding of the services available at the University to help students who may be in difficulty.
- Your skills in communication and active listening, in being able to understand students who may have concerns or issues that require support, and being able to help them effectively, by providing advice or signposting to professional services.
- Your knowledge and understanding of key areas of student welfare, including ways to promote general student wellbeing, safe use of alcohol, drugs awareness, sexual consent, and mental health.
- Your skills and confidence in engaging proactively with new students, including being able to lead group discussions on complex issues.
- Your understanding of other cultures, ethnicities, religions, and people from diverse or minority backgrounds.
- Your ability to administer the recovery position properly.
- Your awareness of fire safety.
You can view content from the 2014 Senior Resident pre-tenancy training programme on the Student Services website.
As a senior resident you will develop transferable skills which are valuable for life in the work-place, such as: a proactive attitude, effective communication skills and the ability to juggle competing priorities.
As the role is a voluntary activity it counts towards the Bristol PluS award. The PluS award recognises and rewards Bristol students who gain professional and life skills through taking on activities outside their studies. The award is designed to help you enhance your CV and stand out from the crowd, develop your employability and your ability to articulate your skills to employers.