Become a Rep

Academic Reps are students who have volunteered or been selected to represent their cohort's voice on issues surrounding academics and community. 

The core function of an academic rep is represting students by listening to and collecting feedback through conversations and surveys. Reps then take this feedback to relevent meetings such as Student Staff Committees (SSCs)* where they work alongside staff members to take action on you feedback and improve students experience.

*Student Voice Committees (SVCs) in the Business School and Student Staff Liason Committees (SSLCs) in the Medical School


What do they do?

Academic Reps are an integral part of the Students’ Union and University community. They play a vital role in improving the student experience. Reps attend a range of feedback based events and the Student Leaders conference to gain valuable skills and mentoring that employers are looking for.

They attend meetings with staff at every level of the university governance structure and work together to make sure student voice is heard in decision making covering a range of topics, e.g:

  • Teaching styles
  • Learning environments
  • Student experience 
  • Protected student experience
  • Liberation group student experience
  • Curriculum creation and development
  • and so much more...

The Academic Rep Team at the SU are here to support Reps when doing this and make sure that they have the skills and support to achieve successes in their roles


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
  • 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
  • Complete the Accrediation and have evidence of your skills and a £100 gift voucher or be a paid student staff member of the SU
What support do you recieve?

Academic Reps receive a comprehensive in person training for their role, with online options for students who need it. 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(/SSLCs/SVCs), to provide you support as we see possible issues arise.

School and College Reps also recieve further support and guidance between major meetings and have 1-to-1 support in their role.

What is the Course Rep 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 their own requirements.

To achieve a pass, you will need to complete the core training; attend the majority of core meetings; and submit the majority of their checkpoints (these are forms submitted 4 times throughout the year to track progress in the role).

If you achieve a pass accreditation or higher you will recieve a £100 gift voucher as a reward for your hard work!

 


Interested in being an Academic Rep? 

Have a look at the descriptions below to learn more.

Course Representatives
Course Reps work with staff and students on quality control and enhancements to their course. They are expected to:
  • Complete required online training
  • Gather feedback from students and formulate solutions
  • Attend Student-Staff Committee Meetings to liaise with staff on solutions
  • Submit regular 'Checkpoints', to keep track of the work you have completed as a Course Rep

Although course reps are volunteers, there are some rewards available for those who complete their training and accreditation, including a hoody and a token of gratitude (£100 voucher) at the end of the year, if they pass their Accreditation (complete the above tasks).

We have a seperate application form for each intake of students, please click on the correct link below to access the form to become a Rep!

September IntakeJanuary IntakeApril Intake

 

School Representatives

As a School Representative you will act as a champion for the student voice within your academic school, working alongside Course Representatives, College Representatives and Students’ Union/University staff to enhance the student experience of students within your School.

School Reps complete an application form and are interviewed. Once in position, they become part-time student staff of the Students' Union and are expected to work a maximum of 45 hours across the academic year. They are paid £11.44 an hour, plus holiday pay.

School Reps are expected to:

  • Complete required training sesions
  • Host a series of events with the support of SU staff
  • Gather feedback for and attend Student-Staff Committee Meetings
  • Sit on School Education Committees, attending pre-meeting briefings and submitting post-meeting reports
  • Work and meet regularly with student leaders and staff within their School
You can find the full role description here
College Representatives

As a College Representative you will act as a champion for the student voice within your academic College, working alongside Course Representatives, School Reps and Students’ Union/University staff to enhance the student experience of students within your College.

College Reps, like School Reps complete an application form and are interviewed. Once in position, they become part-time student staff of the Students' Union. They work up to 10 hours per week, and are paid £11.44 an hour, plus holiday pay.

College Reps are expected to:

  • Complete required training sesions
  • Host a series of events with the support of SU staff
  • Gather feedback for and attend College and University level committee meetings
  • Regularly meet with the Education Officer, SU and University staff to provide updates and feedback
  • Work and meet regularly with student leaders and staff within their College
You can find the full role description here
PGR (Post-Graduate Research) Reps
PGR Reps represent their subject areas, meeting with their PGR Tutors and other staff in their departments, to ensure that the PGR experience is as positive as possible. Click here for the PGR Rep Role Description

 

PGR (Post-Graduate Research) College Reps
PGR College Reps work to represent the views of the PGRs in their College, sitting on high level University Committees and making wider-ranging positive change in conjuction with the PGR Reps.

 

 

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