Course Reps are student volunteers, elected for a year to represent the views of their cohort at course-level, in meetings with academic and administrative staff, and also senior staff.
They are usually the first point of contact for most students in regards to issues, concerns, questions and successes within the course they are studying.
Course Reps enable students to comment on their experiences highlighting what is working well and providing constructive criticism of things that appear not to be working. More importantly they offer suggestions on the areas requiring consideration within their course, such as course/degree content, methods of teaching and assessment, workloads, reading lists, resources, teaching space, course delivery methods and feedback.
Why be a Course Rep?
Course Reps are an integral part of the Students' Union and a great way for you to get involved in improving the student experience by representing your course mates and influencing positive changes to teaching and learning in your school/department/programme.
It involves you getting to know your course mates, asking them about their experience - the good, the bad - and how things can be improved. Then working to find solutions with staff at the Student-Staff Committee (SSC), a termly committee meeting that all academic representatives and staff representatives attend.
Course Reps are fully trained, and are given vital support to function in the role by Students' Union staff and Officers. That means no prior experience is necessary. You'll also get the opportunity to join some fantastic events and activities throughout the course of the year.
Summary of Course Rep responsibilities
- Attend SU training and other events - take advantage of any training opportunities
- Attend Student–Staff Committee (SSC) Meetings (minimum of once a term)
- Start your record of what you do as a course rep for the Students’ Union Accreditation
- Attend a lunch with the Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Students)
- Take part in Education Campaigns and in communicating information from the Students’ Union to the students you represent.
- Communicate – not only with students from your department, but with other Course Reps too. Be pro-active in relaying information from meetings and events to your students, using social media, email, lecture shout-outs and events
- Keep up to date with the latest goings on in the department
- Make yourself known to your peers
- Give your feedback to the Student Voice Team
If you have any questions or want more information about the course rep system, email firstname.lastname@example.org