Academic Rep Elections

Each academic year, you get the chance to decide who represents your academic interests on your course, and within your department and school.

When elected, your academic reps will be liaising with the people directly responsible for designing and delivering your education, ensuring your educational experience is the best it can be.

Nominations usually open in late September with voting taking place in October.

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.