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.
Why become an Academic Rep?
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.
Interested in been a Course Rep?
Have a look at the descriptions below to learn more.
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', detailing 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 other merchandise. Course Reps will also be given a token of gratitude (£100 voucher) at the end of the year, if they pass their Accreditation (complete the above tasks).
As a School Representative you will act as a champion for the learner voice within your academic school working alongside Course Representatives, Equality and Liberation Champions, and Students’ Union/University staff to enhance the student experience of students within your School.
School Reps complete an application form and are interviewed, and become part-time student staff of the Students Union. They are expected to work a maximum of 45 hours across the academic year, and are paid a total of £500 in two installments (the equivalent of £9.90 an hour, plus holiday pay).
School Reps are expected to:
You can find the full role description here.
- 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
Become a Course Rep
What to do if your course isn't listed.
It's possible that your course is being recruited in person or via School. This includes the following:
- All PG courses in Biological Sciences
- Clinical Sciences Foundation (CQMU students only)
- History of Art and Film
- Journalism BA
- Natural Sciences
If your course is not on this list, please email email@example.com.
If there are any problems, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Rep Applications are now closed!
Please note: we will be assessing applications against the job description and person spec available here.