Academic Rep Elections

Voting is now open for you to choose who is going to represent your academic interests for the academic year.

When elected, your academic rep will be liaising with the people directly responsible for designing and delivering your education, ensuring your educational experience is the best it can be. Casting your vote is really easy and quick - hit the button now to make your voice count.


Key dates

Nominations open
20 September 2019

Nominations close
9 October 2019

Voting opens
11 October 2019

Voting closes
16 October 2019

There are three roles in this election:

Course rep

Course reps are the backbone of academic representation - we just couldn’t do anything without them! As the largest group of reps, they’re tasked with gathering feedback from students, doing the on-the-ground work to make change at a module/programme level. One way in which reps will feedback is through Staff-Student Committee meetings (SSC) which all reps will get to attend. In previous years, reps have done all sorts, from getting assessment deadlines moved, to having more staff resources put into a module so everyone interested could take it, and this just scratches the surface.

Department rep

Overseeing the course reps within a department, department reps regularly meet with, and gather feedback from, course reps. They exercise influence at a department level, contributing to Periodic Departmental Reviews, Annual Reviews and acting as a Curriculum Consultant. They are also the Chair of the SSC, working with the key contacts to develop agendas and papers, and ensuring that meetings are constructive and effective.

School rep

This one is only for the undergrads (postgrads, head to our Collectives section below to see how you’re represented at a School level). School reps are the highest level of voluntary posts within the academic representation structure. There is one post per school, and they are tasked with ensuring the views of the students are represented at school level meetings. They work closely with department reps within their school and report up to the VP Education.


If you have any issues with voting, please email voice@su.rhul.ac.uk as soon as possible.


How to Vote

Voting will open on Friday 11 October at 10:00 and close on 16 October at 16:00. All positions available for members to vote on will be listed directly on the academic rep webpage on the RHSU website. To vote, all you have to do is click ‘Vote’ and submit your nomination.

Please ensure you read the information around data protection and the terms of conditions of voting in the elections, and follow the necessary steps. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept vptes after voting has closed. Please ensure that you vote ahead of the deadline to ensure any issues that may arise in the voting process can be settled by the Student Voice team.

SU elections work a little differently to standard general elections. Rather than using the First Past The Post (FPTP) system, we use a system called the Single Transferable Vote (STV). With STV, you’ll be asked to rank candidates in order of preference, and option to Re-Open Nominations (RON).