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School Reps


Applications for our 2020/21 School Rep positions are currently closed. You can see who we appointed during the first round of applications here. For the postgraduate taught (PGT) and the remaining  undergraduate (UG) & postgraduate research (PGR) positions, we will open applications at the start of the new academic year.


Become a School Rep

Applications are now open to become a School Rep for the next academic year. You can find out more about the position of School Rep below as well as guidance on your eligibility and the application process. If you would like to proceed in applying to become a School Rep, please apply by following the link below.

Applications are currently closed. 


Application Form


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 to the remaining UG and PGR positions plus all of the PGT School Reps. Applications will open at the start of October.

For a full list of current available positions, click here.

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 take place at the start of the academic year.

You must only apply for a School Rep role in the School you will you be studying in during this year. Plus you may only apply for the level that you will be studying at. 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.

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.


  1. Check that the position you are eligible to apply for is available. 

  1. Complete the registration form by 9am (UK time) on 20 October 2020.  

  1. We will then contact you to ask you to complete a series of questions with the successful applicants being selected based on the responses to the questions.  

  1. If selected, you will be invited to induction training on 6 or 9 November. Do not worry if you cannot attend either of these dates. Alternative training can be arranged.  

Apply Here

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 may want to log your hours.

As a School Rep, you have already demonstrated your ability to explain the skills you have developed as a Course Rep. Being a School Rep will advance these skills further, as well as adding some unique attributes to your skillset. The employability skills you develop in this role really could make you stand out!


  • Negotiation – As a representative of the entirety of your school, you may have to deal with the conflicting demands of a variety of different courses. Negotiating and deliberating with your course reps should mean you are able to reach a workable solution to any issues which come up, which you will then be able to present at the higher level meetings you attend. Being able to demonstrate to employers that you can reach consensus-based decisions within a leadership role should really impress.
  • Commitment – Becoming a School Rep demonstrates that you are ambitious and strive to further yourself to meet new challenges. The commitment and responsibility required to be a School Rep will show employers that you are willing to push yourself to meet new demands.
  • Motivation – Self-motivation and the ability to work unsupervised are skills increasingly valued by employers. By applying to be a School Rep, and taking on the additional duties of chairing School Forums and sitting on higher level University meetings, demonstrates you are a motivated individual with a drive to succeed.
  • Responsibility– Being the student representative of your entire school requires a great deal of responsibility. Being the figurehead of students and the representative of student opinion at school level demonstrates to employers that you are able to shoulder an increasing workload and put yourself forward to take on new challenges.


Find out more about Employability at NUSU by heading to the Employability Pages of our Website.

What is a School Rep?

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. You will also have the opportunity to attend social 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 20/21 School Rep handbook.


Meet your School Rep

Click here to find out who has already been appointed as a 2020/21 School Rep!



  • “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”

You can also read a blog from one of last year's postgraduate taught School Reps, Ayushi Shah, who speaks about their experience in the role, here.