Interested in the role of a Course Represesntative? Here's all the Frequently Asked Questions about the role.

 

WHAT IS A COURSE REP?

The primary role of a course rep is to effectively gather feedback from classmates and pass it on to teaching staff. Reps play an essential part in assuring the high quality of learning and teaching provisions at the University by being the first point of contact between Course/Module Leaders and students. 

This is an exciting and important role and one that carries great responsibility. Course Reps are in a prime position to help students with course related problems, tell staff when something is working well, and make positive changes for current and future students on their course. 

 

WHAT ARE THE MAIN RESPONSIBILITES OF A COURSE REP?

  • Attend training with the Students' Union (one compulsory session at the start of your academic year - sessions run in October/Novermber and February for late starters)​​
     
  • Attend Student Staff Course Liaison Groups (one per term). Final Year Course Representatives should co-chair these meetings with the Course Leader and the minutes should be taken by another Course Representative who is also present.
     
  • Attend Course Rep Assemblies (once per term - 3 sessions will run in each region each term. You should try to attend as many as you can)
     
  • Promote yourself among your peers (make sure students on your course know who you are and how to reach you if they want to raise a matter with you)
     
  • Get freedback from your peers (you can do this by face-to-face chats, social media, running a survey or sending out emails)
     
  • Feed back to students the outcomes of meetings you attend and update them on upcoming University and Students' Union events!
     
  • Liaise with your Student Voice Representative, Course Leader and Module Leaders to identify and respond to student issues and share best practice.

 

HOW MANY HOURS OF WORK WILL I HAVE TO PUT IN?  

If you become a course rep, you will need to attend a variety of University and Students' Union meetings. Student-Staff Course Liaison Groups are the main forum for course reps to meet Course/Module Leaders and give feedback and they should be happening once per term. You will also need to attend Students' Union meetings if you want to be effective in your role, to liaise with other Course Reps and get support from elected officers. This includes training at the start of the academic year and Course Representative Assemblies which take place once per term and only last approximately an hour. There is an expectation on Course Reps to perform all their basic duties, yet there are opportunities to do more things and learn new skills that will allow reps to gain higher level Course Rep certificates.

 

HOW DO I GET THE COURSE REP CERTIFICATE? 

Everything you do as a course rep is allocated a number of points (see the rewards page for more information), and everyone should achieve a Bronze certificate as long as they perform the bare minimum of Course Rep duties. However much you put in is what you'll get out - you will also have the opportunity to achieve a Silver, Gold or Platinum certificate. 

Course reps also have the opportunity to win Course Rep of the Year at the Student Choice Awards. 

 

WILL I HAVE ANY SUPPORT?

The Student Voice Team will monitor Course Rep attendance and are always available to help reps with any issue that arises. The Students' Union will hold termly Course Representative Assemblies on each campus. This is an opportunity for reps to network and discuss issues that students have raised. It is also an opportunity to get help from the Student Voice Team, the SU Officers and Student Voice Representatives. 

 

WILL I HAVE TO ATTEND ANY TRAINING?

Yes! The Students' Union will provide training sessions in the Autum Term (October/November) and sessions for late starters and second-intake students in February/March. Training is compulsory as it will allow you to develop skills, as well as inform you about University and Union structures to help you be effective in your role. 

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING A COURSE REP?

By being a Rep, you wil not only develop invaluable skills which will make you stand out from the crowd in your future job search, but you will also be contributing to the quality assurance of your degree and enhancing the student experience for your classmates.

Final Year Course Representatives get to chair their Student Staff Course Liaison Group alongside the Course Leader, and other years' Course Reps can take the action points. This is a great opportunity to develop more useful skills!

Here are some key skills you will gain through the role:

  • Mediation
  • Communication
  • Time Management
  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking
  • Problem Solving
  • Assertiveness