Student Voice Forum
The Student Voice Forum (SVF) is the Union’s academic decision-making body. It is made up of Student Voice Representatives and the Chair who discuss academic issues, propose policy and feedback on activities. SVF meets no more than five times in an academic year.
As a student, you can submit academic policy proposals to Student Voice Forum. You can do this by either contacting your SVR or you can propose it yourself with a [Policy Proposal Form] or [You Make Change]
For more information on submitting policy please contact the Democracy and Campaigns Co-Ordinator at: email@example.com
You can also attend either Student Voice Forum or Student Council as an Observer. This means that you can contribute to discussions and ask questions but are not involved in any voting processes. If you are interested in attending either Student Voice Forum or Student Council as an Observer please contact the Student Representation Manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting you wish to attend.
Student Voice Representatives
Student Voice Representatives (SVRs) are the strategic voice of students within your faculty. They attend Student Voice Forum as well as University Committees, Course Rep Assemblies and make a positive change on academic issues. They also contribute to the collection of data for the SVF Thematic Project.
There are twelve SVRs roles, with 4 positions per faculty. SVRs are elected by you during the Leadership Race or By-Elections. When there are other vacancies, we also undertake co-option to fill these roles. You can contact your SVR to raise feedback about your academic experience outside of your course or if issues on your course are not being resolved. For course-related feedback speak to your Course Rep.
Chair of SVF
The Chair of SVF is the Executive Officer responsible for the Student Voice Forum. They chair SVF and ensure that it runs smoothly. They also attend the University’s Learning Teaching Enhancement Committee (LTEC) and Quality Assurance Committee (QAC). In addition to this, the Chair of SVF works with the Academic Affairs Co-Ordinator to author the SVF Thematic Project. The Chair of SVF also sits on the Union Executive Committee.
The Chair of SVF can only be undertaken by a student who has served as a Student Voice Representative previously.
Become an SVR
Becoming an SVR is a great way to shape the student experience for you and your peers. you can also:
- Drive meaningful and longstanding change to the student experience.
- Develop great skills and qualities that can boost your CV.
- Learn more about Higher Education and how it works.
- Access opportunities to contribute to sector work, gaining recognition for your work
- Earn an end-of-year bursary of up to £500 (depending on engagement with the role)
Any student can be an SVR, regardless of year, mode or type of study. Some of our best SVRs have been students who took up role in their first year and continued to represent students until they graduated!