Become a Rep



Student Reps and Postgraduate Research (PGR) Reps are the voice for students and researchers at the University of Birmingham. Reps gather feedback on their course or programme and work with staff to make real changes to teaching and learning. 
Student and PGR Reps are part of a wider system of Reps, including School and College Reps. You can find out more about these roles here.


As a Student or PGR Rep, you are responsible for representing the voice of the students or researchers on your programme. You will be invited to attend Staff Student Forums (SSFs) where you will be asked to share feedback, represent academic interests, and work with staff to come up with solutions. Closing the feedback loop is also a key part of your role – this is when you let the students or researchers on your programme know what’s being done about their academic issues and concerns.


This year the Representation System is more vital than ever. With considerable changes to learning and teaching, it is important that the student voice is heard at all levels of University decision making. Students may have particular concerns about their academic rights this year, from the quality and standard of their courses and teaching to the frequency of the assessment and feedback on their work – all of which are important to feed back so they can be addressed.

As a Rep, your Programme and Department should involve and consult you when making decisions, so you will have insight and influence into how things work at the University of Birmingham, and can communicate this to your peers. 

The Guild and the University will support you to be an effective Rep through training, inductions, and opportunities to develop skills and network with other Reps and staff. The Guild also hosts an annual Rep Awards, an event which recognises the achievements and hard work of Reps.


To become a Student or PGR Rep, all you need to do is 

  1. Read the Terms and Conditions and check your programme isn’t already oversubscribed below
  2. Click the button at the bottom of this webpage to register your interest 
  3. Check your university emails. You will have received a link to complete an online training module via Canvas
  4. Complete the training  it should take about 20 minutes
  5. Check your emails regularly - your details will be passed onto staff within your department who will get in touch with you to confirm your status as Rep.



The main Student/PGR Rep recruitment period is now over, however some departments do still have Rep places available. If your programme is shown below, this means you can still apply to be a Rep.

If your programme is not shown below, this means that the number of Reps for your programme has reached capacity and does not require any further volunteers.


College of Arts and Law:

  • BA Drama and English (first year and final year)
  • BA English (first year)
  • BA English and History (second year)
  • BA English Language (first year)
  • BA English Language and Literature (first year and second year)
  • LLB Law with German
  • LLM Environmental Energy Law (DL)
  • MA Applied Linguistics
  • MA Literature and Culture


College of Engineering and Physical Sciences:

  • BEng/MEng Civil (third year and fourth year)
  • BEng/MEng Electronic, Electrical & Systems (third year and fourth year)
  • MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering
  • MSc MSc Railway Safety and Control


College of Medical and Dental Sciences:

  • PGT Health Economics and Health Policy/Health Economics & Econometrics


College of Life and Environmental Sciences:

  • All Post-graduate Taught programmes (except MSc Microbiology and Infection)
  • Biosciences (all undergraduate programmes)
  • SportExR (all undergraduate programmes)

You can check back later in the year to see if your programme needs volunteers, or if you are interested in getting involved in other similar opportunities within your programme/school, please email and we will send you relevant information.


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