FSR Communication Unit

FSR communication – what does the unit do?

FSR communication – what does the unit do?

The FSRs (German: Fachschaftsräte) are councils that represent students according to their faculty or their institute. My duty as the coordinator of FSR communication can be roughly divided into two work fields. Within the first one, I see the importance of creating links between the different FSRs to further strengthen their position in the university environment. Within the second, I want to improve the cooperation between the FSRs and the different StuRa coordinators and their work fields, so that these subjects, which are already very closely connected on a structural level, can recognise that they also function as a large whole.

However, this apparently trivial intention is not always easy to translate into practice. Within student self-administration, there are many different people with very different opinions. But I try to bring them back to their common aim; the well-being of all students.

In order to reflect this diversity of people and opinions, please think of me as your go-to person for everything concerning the FSRs. You can speak to me whenever you have something to criticise or praise, if you simply have questions concerning the work of the FSRs, if you want to build up a closer relationship with other FSRs, or if there are topics or events relating to your FSR or StuRa units that you want to share with others. I am at your disposal for all these issues and ideas and I am eager to work on all of this with you.

Below you’ll find some general advice and information concerning the work in the FSR.

Here are a few cornerstones of this unit’s work:

  • FSR networking meetings: this is where the representatives of the FSR meet to exchange views on currently relevant subjects.
  • Bringing issues concerning university policy to the attention of the FSR, together with the Higher Education Policy Unit, thereby supporting a common approach.
  • FSR introductory seminar: at the beginning of each semester, people who are just about to start work with the FSR will have the possibility to obtain information about the relevant issues of the FSR’s work.
  • Guidelines for the FSR’s work: here’s where you can find the current version, but there’s still space for revision or introduction of important issues. As such, I am relying on your input for this brochure.
  • Attending FSR meetings: I’m curious to see how your meetings work. Obviously, now and again there are also important issues I want to talk to you about. In addition, I want to organise my term of office according to your requirements, with which I can best familiarise myself through direct contact with you.  Supporting the FSR with events, organisational issues, etc.
  • Supporting the FSR in the preparation of the plenum meal. 

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What is the FSR?

What is the FSR?

Have you ever wondered what the Fachschaftsrat actually is? Well, here you’ll find the answer.
A Fachschaft comprises all the students of a study programme or of a subject combination. However, in each Fachschaft, there are a few students that are a bit more committed to what is happening at the university. They are the representatives of the Fachschaft, who work together in the Fachschaftsrat (FSR, plural: FSRs) and can be appointed as representatives by election. Related faculties or disciplines frequently join together to form one FSR. The FSR’s main tasks are helping you with problems concerning your studies and representing your interests before the faculty and the university administration. People willing to invest some of their time are very welcome to work in the FSR.

The FSR organises, informs, advises, mediates, cares, intervenes and gets involved – all this to improve your study experience. For the first semester students, the FSR organises events to help them adapt to their new environment, such as group breakfasts, trips, campus tours or entire orientation weeks with loads of events. You should definitely attend these, as they are a good opportunity to get to know new people, to learn more about your studies and to find out the most important information about how to get your studies off to a flying start. The dates will mostly be communicated on the FSR website or on their notice board. The FSR is also there for you if need help preparing for an exam or if you simply want to have a coffee. So don’t worry, the FSR will try its best to help you in solving problems. In addition, the FSR holds regular meetings which you can attend – through these, you might find yourself developing an interest in working for the FSR! You can see a list of all FSRs on the StuRa homepage. Furthermore, every student working in an FSR can be sent to the StuRa plenum, which generally takes places twice a month and is open to the public, meaning that any student can attend. Here you can find more information: www.stura.unileipzig.de/stura/sitzungen/. So, you see, your FSR advocates for your interests and your course of study at the most diverse levels of student self-administration. In order to do so, it is dependent on your help, so feel free to join them and to get to know the multi-faceted work of the FSR. 

The FSR introductory seminar

The FSR introductory seminar

You want to know what FSR meetings are like? You want tips on the big issues like finances or public relations within student self-administration? You want to understand the StuRa’s structure and way of working? You want to get to know other FSR newbies? You want to see whether you actually find the FSR’s work interesting? You’re looking for new ideas to make the work in the FSR even more exciting? Or you simply want to know what the StuRa policy entails and how it comes into being?

Even if only one of these questions is buzzing around in your head, I would definitely recommend that you attend one of the events organised by the FSR Communication Unit. For one year now we’ve been putting on an FSR introductory seminar at the beginning of each semester, which is particularly aimed at recently elected FSR members and students who are generally interested in the FSR’s work and intend to stand as a candidate in the coming semester.

The next seminar will take place on the [XX] in the Ziegenledersaal. So keep these days free to explore a whole new world full of opportunities. Please register by sending me an e-mail. I’m looking forward to working with you!