Recent updates to academic representation.

Image of four students sitting at a table together. New Environment and Sustainability Rep role approved by University.

Earlier this week, NUSU's Academic Representation Report was approved by the University Education Committee (UEC). 

The Report draws on our research this year into the experiences of Academic Reps as well as our suggestions of digital tools for supporting representation in the context of online learning and social distancing. 

The following main recommendations of the report were all accepted by UEC: 

  • That the documentation supporting Student Staff Committees (SSCs) is updated to encourage them to appoint an Environment and Sustainability Rep. Environment and Sustainability Reps are Course Reps who, in addition to their regular duties, takes a lead on identifying and raising environmental and sustainability issues within their School or Institute at the SSC.  

  • That the documentation supporting SSCs is updated to encourage them to discuss EDI and environmental and sustainability issues. 

  • That the documentation supporting SSCs is updated to encourage them to consider for themselves the most appropriate number of Course Reps to ensure a representative and effective meeting. We have suggested that the total of SSC attendees should ideally not exceed 20 

  • The use of a Course Rep Role Description document to outline the key responsibilities of the position.  

  • That, in the 2020/21 academic year, we will consult with SSCs about the EDI Rep role on whether it should become a mandatory role. 

These updated policy documents will be made available online shortly. 

If you have any questions about the EDI Rep or Environment and Sustainability Rep positions, contact?Joe Barton?(NUSU Representation & Research Coordinator). 


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