Improve the academic experience of you and your classmates by becoming a Student Rep!
Being a Student Rep gives you the chance to build up your communication and negotiation skills, gain confidence in public speaking, and develop a solution focused approach to resolving issues. It also shows that your achievements aren’t just academic – something employers are definitely looking for!
There are different types of Student Reps including: PGR Department Reps, Faculty Reps, Department Reps, Class Reps, Full Time Student Executive Officers, and Part Time Student Executive Officers. All of our Reps are fully supported with training and can access additional guidance throughout the year.
The Vice President Education (VPE) is responsible for all class reps and department reps across the University. This year's VPE is Eyram Ahadzie, and you can contact her either by email at email@example.com or by popping into level 7 of the Students' Union building during term time.
What is a Student Rep?
Student reps are essential links between the student body and university staff. Student reps are responsible for collecting the feedback of students on their course and raising these opinions at departmental meetings and student-staff meetings. Student reps are in the position to make significant positive change to the student experience.
How can I become a Rep?
Student reps are elected at the start of the academic year (September and October) and some undergraduate reps are also elected at the start of semester two, if new classes start. Lecturers and admin staff will often let you know about class rep and department rep positions available, or if not you can email your class coordinator or admin member expressing your interest - they will be more than happy to let you know if positions are available.
If you have any questions about becoming a class rep or department rep, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
How do reps make a difference?
Reps are a vital part of the Students' Union's aim of improving academic experience for all students. They attend student parliament and bring issues and feedback from every course to the forefront so it can be acted on!
For example it was down to reps that we were able to ban the policy that 0 marks would be awarded if a piece of work was submitted late in HaSS, which is now rolled out across the university.
This year one of Eyram (VPE)'s priorities is decolonising the curriculum and she'll be working closely with reps on this important work.
Is there any support or training for student reps?
Yes! The Representation Team in the Students' Union is responsible for training student reps and supporting their work. Training is delivered once a year for PGR department reps and once a semester for undergraduate and postgraduate-taught reps and these are student-led sessions designed to improve a range of skills required to be an effective student rep! The team is available term-time for all enquiries related to student reps.
We reward our reps for their work with the Class Rep of the Month award. Click here for more information about the award.
There are a few ways you can get in touch with the Representation Team:
Phone: 0141 567 5000
You can also visit us in person. We are based in the student engagement office on level 7 of the Students’ Union.
If you are a class rep, you can also join the Facebook page where you can ask questions and get to know other class reps. You will have been emailed the link to this group.