Course Reps represent the authentic student voice on all manner of academic issues. They gather and collate feedback from the students on their course, and facilitating positive change within University departments. They then raise and constructively debate these issues at Student-Staff Committees (SSCs), working alongside their school to improve the academic experience at Leicester.
Full Course Rep role description
Summary of Course Rep responsibilities
- Continuously and pro-actively gather feedback from students, making sure to close the Feedback Loop.
- Attend 75% of Student-Staff Committee (SSC) meetings, and represent the voice of your peers.
- Attend training and meetings organised by the Students’ Union.
- Complete 75% of Checkpoints, providing evidence of contact with cohort to the SU.
- Promote your role effectively to the students you represent, and advertise they ways in which they can contact you.
- Liaise with other Course Reps to share ideas, and with Department Reps to identify issues which need to be tackled at a higher level.
- Liaise with the Academic Representation Team to give feedback or request support.
Being a Course Rep comes with a number of great benefits
- Improve your course, department or school
- Influence University decisions
- Network with students across the University
- Build strong working relationships with the staff in your department
- Gain experience attending formal meetings with senior staff, including the Academic Rep Forums/Lunches
- Improve (and have evidence of) your negotiation, compromise and communication skills
- Gain accreditation which counts towards your HEAR and Leicester Award
- An invitation to the Student Voice Awards at the end of the academic year
- Gain access to Skills Development sessions, from leadership to wellbeing
Training, workshops and masterclasses
Course Reps receive a comprehensive training for their role, with some elements online and others in person.
Academic Reps also have access to tailored workshops and online training, designed and delivered by the Students’ Union team to enhance your CV and improve your employability.
Training: Initial training will consist of three online modules, designed to get you up and running as a rep. We also host a series of events across the year to develop your core skills.
Workshops: We organise a programme of workshops for you each year. They’re free to attend and each session runs twice to limit potential clashes in your timetable. Example masterclasses include leadership, public speaking and how to run a campaign.
Enhanced employability: Being a Course Rep looks great on your CV. The more you put in, the more you get out – gain accreditation through the Rep Development scheme, or use your role as a platform to get involved with the following initiatives:
- Leicester Award: The role of Course Rep is recognised as a volunteering activity as part of the Leicester Award, a programme which formally recognises and develops your skills.
- Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR Recognition): Recognised as an accredited extra-curricular activity on your HEAR transcript, providing a written record of the engagement and volunteering undertaken during your studies
- Student Voice Awards: An end of year gala to celebrate the achievement of those who have gone the extra mile to represent the academic interest of their peers.