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.
Education Executive Committee
The Education Executive Committee is the highest democratic group for educational matters in NUSU. It is lead by the NUSU Education and Postgraduate Officer and attended by your School Reps. Discussions from Ed Exec are put forward in the highest educational meetings at the university, including the University Education Committee where the Education and Postgraduate Officer fight on your behalf.
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Our School Rep role is the most senior academic student representative position in each School. Your School Rep will attend key faculty meetings and represent the views of students within their School with the aim to make a change and improve the student academic experience.
Want to feedback? At NUSU, we are delighted to announce who has been appointed as a School Rep for 2020/21. These School Reps will play a crucial role in ensuring that the student voice is considered in your shool, throughout your faculty and across the University.
Current School Reps
Become a School Rep
Applications for 2021/22 School Reps are now open!
We are now looking to appoint undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate research (PGR) School Reps during this period. The School Rep role is the most senior academic student representative position in your School. The role is based around attending and representing the views of your School’s students at key faculty meetings for the student experience. You also get to work closely with your Head of School, other School Reps from across the University and us here at NUSU. You can complete the role effectively in less than one hour a week.
As a School Rep you would also play a crucial role in helping us at NUSU, and in particular the Education Officer and Postgraduate Officer, with our commitment to support and represent students, particularly during what is likely to be a period of change as we hopefully move back to a more normal University experience. You will also have the opportunity to attend events and develop your skills & knowledge. You could also receive up to £200 worth of vouchers over the year.
Click here for a full role description and click here for a copy of the current School Rep handbook.
- Check that the position you are eligible to apply for is available.
- Complete the short registration form by 9am (UK time) on 30 April 2021.
- Following the registration stage, we will invite you to take part in stage 2 of the application where we will ask you to answer a number of questions, from which the successful candidates will be chosen.
- If selected you will be invited to training before the end of the academic year. Do not worry if you cannot attend then. The session will be repeated in the summer and at the start of the academic year.
Most Schools will have three School Reps, one undergraduate (UG), one postgraduate taught (PGT) and one postgraduate research (PGR). During this recruitment cycle, we are looking to appoint UG and PGR School Reps. Applications will open for the PGT positions will open at the start of semester 1 of the 2021/22 academic year.
In the following cases, the current School Reps are continuing in 2021/22:
- Trimanjot Singh Anand (NUMed - Malaysia)
- Jasper Onn (NUIS – Singapore)
- Chloe Henderson (School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences)
- Ethan Graham (School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics)
- Zixiao Yuan (School of Engineering)
- Nathan Nagar & Nicola Wade (School of Dental Sciences)
- Smruthi Venkat (School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences)
- Mma Yeebo (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
- Ruth Puttick (School of Geography, Politics and Sociology)
- David Johnson (School of History, Classics and Archaeology)
- Saadet Meltem Hut (Newcastle University Business School)
- Christopher Little (School of Arts and Cultures)
- Ashley Wilkins (School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics)
Therefore the above positions will not be available to apply for.
Click here for a full list of current available positions.
If your School’s School Rep position is currently filled or you are looking for a less senior representation role, then look out for Course Rep elections that will either take place at the end of this academic year or the beginning of next.
We are particularly keen for students with the following experience, skills and personal traits to apply to become a School Rep:
- Leadership skills
- Communication skills
- The ability to work in a team
- Organisational skills
- Negotiation skills
Applications to be a School Rep are encouraged from all students. However, we would particularly keen to receive applications from students who have experience in a representative role such as a Course Rep, EDI Rep, Environment & Sustainability, Student Chair or Student Secretary.
You must only apply for a School Rep role in the School you will be studying in during 2021/22. Plus you may only apply for the level that you will be studying at. You must be registered as a student for the duration of the 2021/22 period and if you are applying for a PGR position you must be actively researching during this time. For example, if you are a postgraduate research student in Newcastle Law School then you can only apply for the Newcastle Law School PGR position.
You can apply as a job share. However, both members of the job share must be in the same School and at the same level of study.
If your School’s School Rep position is currently filled or you are looking for a less senior representation role, then look out for Course Rep elections.
Comments from previous School Reps include:
“I have loved being a School Rep. It’s opened a lot of doors for me and improved my confidence massively. We really do have an amazing student representation system at Newcastle University and I’m proud to be a part of that.”
“I have enjoyed seeing the positive impact that the role has upon the School and it has been interesting and rewarding to see changes and improvements being implemented.”
“I had so much fun in this role and was really well supported”
Due to the nature of the School Rep position, the role may be classed as Voluntary Work. Therefore, if you are a Tier 4 Visa holder, if you were to become a School Rep, you should want to log your hours.