Academic Representation is a crucial part to your University and Union experience. Our Academic Reps are here to represent your academic interests and work with the University staff to create positive change for our students. Every year, students can apply for these roles, and once elected into the role, will serve as your leading representatives for you to contact about any academic issues you feel students are facing within certain aspects of the academic experience at the University.
What are School Reps?
At the School and Institute level, you are represented by Course Reps. They gather feedback about your programme and raise it at the Student-Staff Committee. These meetings are led by a Student Chair, and sometimes a Student Secretary. At the meeting, Course Reps and staff will work together to address the issues raised. Course Reps should feedback to you on the outcomes of these meetings.
Course Reps are students elected by you to represent the academic interests of the students on their course or programme. They attend Student-Staff Committee (SSC) meetings where they pass on your views to the staff and hopefully help find solutions to the issues that have arisen.
Want to feedback? The quickest way to identify and contact your Course Rep (As well as EDI, & E&S Reps) is via the University App. You can access the app by logging into a cluster room PC on campus or download it from the relevant app store (iTunes, Google Play, Windows Phone). The 'My School' feature allows you to:
- Vote on School/Faculty issues and see the results of the poll.
- Contact your course reps directly (this function will be available from 1 November 2020).
- View key school contact information such as personal tutors, course reps, and the school office.
- View school news and upcoming events/job opportunities.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Reps are Course Reps who, in addition to their regular duties, take a lead on identifying and raising EDI issues within the School or Institute at the Student-Staff Committee (SSC). These reps are on hand to take feedback on any EDI issues you feel you are facing within your School.
Environmental & Sustainability Reps (E&S Reps) are Course Reps who, in addition to their regular duties, take a lead on identifying and raising environmental and sustainability issues within the School or Institute at the Student-Staff Committee (SSC).
A Student Chair is a student who volunteers to lead the discussion at their School or Institute’s Student-Staff Committee (SSC) meeting. The Student Chair ensures that all students and staff in attendance have the opportunity to contribute and those clear decisions are reached and acted upon. SSCs often also have a Deputy Student Chair to provide support and to take over if the Student Chair cannot attend a particular meeting. To remain impartial, the Student Chair should, where possible, not combine the role with being a Course Rep. However, NUSU recommends that a Student Chair has previous experience of being a Course Rep.
The SSC Student Chair and Secretary role is usually elected by the student members of the SSC at either the last meeting of the previous academic year or the first meeting of the new academic year.
A Student Secretary is a student who volunteers to provide administrative and logistical support to the SSC by distributing information about Committee meetings to students, taking notes during meetings, and typing these up into formal minutes.
Whereas the Student Chair is a mandatory role, the Student Secretary is optional. The SSC Student Chair and Secretary role are usually elected by the student members of the SSC at either the last meeting of the previous academic year or the first meeting of the new academic year. If no student volunteers then a member of staff will undertake the role.
The Student Secretary should not, where possible, combine the role with being a Course Rep. This is to ensure that the Student Secretary can concentrate on listening to what is being discussed at the SSC and taking clear and concise notes. It is recommended that Student Secretaries have previous experience of being a Course Rep.