Everything you need to know about being a Course Rep...
What does a Course Rep do?
As a Course Rep, you will be expected to regularly consult with peers on your course by asking for their opinions and experiences - good or bad - to ensure your lecturers continue to change their practice
The information you gain will be fed back to your School Rep Coordinators (SRCs), Feedback Forums and any meetings you attend to ensure your concerns are heard at all levels. Course Reps are the grass roots to ensuring the students' union can get all the information it needs and we really value all the work you do whilst also developing your skills as individuals.
School Rep Coordinators
Schools Rep Coordinators (or SRCs) are the representatives for your school who sit on meetings that determine the direction for many of your courses. The information you gain and feed to your relevant SRC is really important so they can be as informed as possible to make the best changes for your course. You should be in regular contact with your SRC and send them emails if you heard of any issues or pass along any data you collect during your studies.
SRCs also sit on validations and periodic reviews which approve and review the courses you sit on, and your SRC should ask you for your opinions and raise any concerns you have.
Which meetings do I sit on?
Programme Management Board (PMB) - These meetings discuss best practice within your course and are a space for you to raise any major issues you or any of your peers are currently having with the Course.
Staff and Student Consulting Committee - A more informal version of the PMB for you to raise smaller issues that can be sorted rather quickly to result in wins for students.
Feedback Forums - Open forums for all students and Course Reps to attend to and raise issues they have heard on the ground about their course. There will also be questions raised to you by the students' union about subjects we know will be coming up in the future.
Education Councils - The main policy setting body on educartional issues within the students' union. It debates and decides how we will tackle and deal with issues such as the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), feedback practices and fees.
Student Staff Communication Pathway
What is a Feedback Forum?
This is a large open meeting for all students across the institution. Here issues are debated and gives you the chance to raise singular issues to the Deputy President Education who can then go and lobby to make those changes on your behalf.
There are also questions asked of you to help the Union gain data on the current set of issues within your faculty. The data gathered from these feedback forums also feeds into a report the Students’ Union presents at the end of the academic year highlighting the main issues students feel about their academic experience across the institution and recommends the University make certain changes to improve this.
What are the benefits of being a Course Rep?
Hopefully you should know most of these already! Besides improving the experience of all the other students on your course and representing their academic interests there are plenty of benefits to being a Course Rep.
You gain employability experience through your participation in meetings as well as networks when seeking out references. You also gain valuable experience in consulting with individuals you may not usually speak to, a vital skill for the working world, which in turn increases your approachability and networking skills.
The hours you gain by volunteering to be a course rep also goes towards your HEAR report which appears on your degree once you graduate!
Who do I go to when I have a question?
If you have any issues or questions whilst being a rep your first port of call should be your relevant SRC! If they do not know the answer you should email the Voice Team at your Students’ Union at firstname.lastname@example.org who will help answer your question as quickly as they can.