Why Become an Academic Rep?

Academic Reps are an integral part of the Students’ Union and University community, and play a vital role in improving the student experience. As well as an invitation to the Student Voice Awards and other rep events, they gain valuable skills and mentoring that employers are looking for.

Once in the role, you'll recieve training and support from our Academic Representation Team. This means that no previous experience is necessary - just a passion to improve your course for yourself, your peers and future students.


Upcoming Recruitment

The next round of recruitment for Academic Representatives will be in October 2022, for the 22-23 Academic Year. School Rep recruitment dates TBC.


Course Rep or School Rep?

Not sure which role you want? Have a look at the descriptions below to learn more.
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Why become an Academic Rep?

Improve your course. Gain valuable skills. Build your network. Create change.

What are the benefits?
  • Improve your course, department or school
  • Access to termly meetings with the University leadership team, influencing their decisions on vital topics like assessment and feedback, and personal tutoring
  • Network with students across the University
  • Build strong working relationships with the staff in your department and the wider University
  • Gain experience attending formal meetings with senior staff, including the Academic Rep Forums
  • Improve your negotiation, compromise and communication skills
  • An invitation to the Student Voice Awards at the end of the academic year
  • Complete the Accrediation and have evidence of your skills.
What support do you recieve?

Academic Reps receive a comprehensive training for their role, with some elements online and others in person. Alongside the training you recieve a series of documents to reference as needed. The Academic Representation Team are available year round to support you in making change, with regular newsletters and other circulated resources. We also recieve the action logs/minutes from SSCs, to provide you support as we see possible issues arise.

School Reps will recieve further support and guidance between major meetings, including School Education Committees.

What is the Representation Accreditation?

The Accreditation is your evidence that you were a Rep. This is a chance to be recognised for your hard work and achievements, and provides you with a certificate as evidence of your role. It has three levels (pass, merit and distinction), each with thier own requirements.

To achieve a pass, you will need to complete the core training; attend the majority of core meetings; and submit the equivalent number of checkpoints.

What are Checkpoints?

Checkpoints are submitted after each SSC (approximately 5 times a year) as evidence that you're gathering and returning the feedback you recieve.

For more information on the accreditation, you can find the 21-22 Accreditation Documents here.

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