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A Guide to Being a Student Rep

A core aim of the Guild of Students is to represent your academic interests. But we can’t do it alone. That’s why every year, we aim to recruit as many student reps as possible. Part of my role as Education officer is to oversee the student representation system and attend meetings with the University to make sure students are being listened to. So, if you’d like to make a difference on your course, here’s how!

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What do student reps do?

As a Student Rep, or a PGR Rep if you’re a researcher, you’ll be the academic voice of peers on your course, listening to their concerns and providing that information to the University.

You can do this however you want: speak to course mates, design surveys, hold focus groups. It can even be as simple as listening to what’s popping off on the course group chat! However you want to consult students is up to you.

With this feedback, you’ll attend regular meetings with University Staff to show them how your peers want things to improve. Sometimes it’s even about what they’re enjoying, and what the University should do more of!

Why should I become a rep?

Being a rep is a great way to get the student voice heard on a big stage. You can make a real impact on the academic experience of students within your programme, from negotiating deadlines to suggesting curriculum changes.

You’ll also gain some great experience through your research and attending senior staff meetings. Alongside this, you'll develop great transferable skills in leadership and communication.

We want to make sure you have the best experience as a rep, so you'll receive lots of support from our dedicated student reps team at the Guild, some online training and regular socials. We even have a rep fund where you can apply for resource to help with some of your goals.

You might even be lucky enough to be nominated for a rep award later in the year!

 

How do I sign up?

You can sign up via the Guild Website.

Fancy being a School, College or Senate Rep? We run Autumn Elections every year where you can represent an even bigger cohort of students if you want to do more. Find out more.

 

You can direct any questions to me by email or you can email the the Reps Team.

Good luck with the start of the academic year!


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