FIND OUT ABOUT COURSE REPS AND WHY YOU SHOULD HELP MAKE CHANGE
Why do we have Course Representatives (Reps)? The University is committed to ensuring that students are provided with the opportunity to contribute to the shaping of your learning experience individually, collectively and through your representational body, your Students' Union.
The role of a Course Rep is vital to assure a high-quality student experience and to support student retention and success. Below is a summary of the role and how you can get involved.
WHAT DO YOU DO AS A COURSE REP?
As a student representative is someone who represents their course. They can bring any issue any of their peers have to a staff-student liaison meeting and discuss it with tutors, lecturers and even the programme director. As a Rep, you will be expected to attend a meeting at least once a term to present students' opinions and concerns to staff members. This of course also means that you would have to engage with the other students on your programme to find out about any trouble that they are having so that you can contribute to the meeting's agenda.
Why should I run?
- You can influence positive change - as a course rep, you can bring any concerns of your course mates to a meeting and discuss possible solutions with people who can actually do something about it. Are lecture slides not being put online? Is everybody struggling to find resources for an essay? Talk to your tutors about it and ask them to help!
- It’s Invaluable Experience- As a Course Rep you will be dealing with so many different people and ideas and have to reconcile them all for the best possible outcome for students. You also get the opportunity to be involved with the creation of important reports and process’ which happen throughout the year, ultimately giving you experience that employers crave!
- Personal Development- After being elected as a Rep you will undergo training run by the bot the Students Union and the University which should help develop a number of vital skills that are required for you to represent students.
- It’s Important- Programme Reps ensure that the voice of the student body is heard by the faculty. They help ensure everybody is represented, from the first year students all the way up to PHD everybody has the right to be listened to regarding their education and you can help to make sure that they are.
ELECTIONS OF COURSE REPS
Your Course Leader will be responsible for electing Course Reps, which will be done in term 1 of the 2020/2021 academic year.
Training is delivered by the Students' Union. Training sessions this year were delivered by our SU Vice President virtually and the recording is available for all Reps to view in their own time.
COURSE REP REP TRAINING - 2020/21 COMPLETED
COURSE REP TRAINING - 2021/22 TBC
You will be invited to represent students at particular meetings.
- You will be informed of the agenda and provide with all relevant papers for each meeting you are meant to attend.
- This will be done at least one week before the meeting and with sufficient time to allow consultation with the student body where required.
- The Chair of that meeting is responsible for ensuring that you are given the opportunity for a briefing before a meeting - if requested.
- You will be enabled to contribute to the agenda.
We understand that sometimes there might be issues or concerns from your peers that you feel uncomfortable raising with your Programme Director or within meetings. Don't worry, the Students' Union is here to support you, and you can voice any concerns or issues with either the Students' Union President, Vice President or the Students' Union Director. Who are all here to support you in raising anything you feel is affecting your peers as high as possible within the University.