Students are part of an important academic community, and we believe that meaningful student participation in academic life includes having a say and being heard on any and every issue that affects you.
Departmental Reps coordinate student representation at a departmental level. Department Reps attend departmental meetings, conduct research, write reports, and ensure that students’ voices are heard at every level of College decision making. The Students' Union and the College provides training in research, report writing, meeting procedure, and organising. Department Reps are also awarded a bursary of £700 per year. Accessibility and Inclusion Reps are specialised Department Reps who represents all students with disabilities or access needs in their department.
Department Reps produce a sustained research project and report on students’ experiences, known as the Annual Research Project. Undergraduate Department Reps are recruited during the spring/summer term for the following academic year, while Postgraduate Department Reps are recruited at the start of the autumn term.
Sophie was a Department Rep for the Sociology Department. Read about her experience in the role here.
Programme Reps are the core of the union’s representation structure. A Programme Rep is a student who has been elected by their peers in their programme to communicate the views of their cohort to the College and the SU. As a student, they're your first point of contact for bringing your views forward with staff on your programme or department.
The purpose of Programme Reps is not solely to report complaints, but to also provide constructive comments and work in partnership with the Union and College to continuously improve the student experience. Being a Programme Rep is an excellent way to have a say in the development of your degree programme. You're expected to attend a few meetings every year, but more importantly act as a link between the students on your programme, Department Reps and the department to make everything runs smoothly. New Programme Reps start their roles at the beginning of each academic year. Being a Programme Rep means you are trained by the Students’ Union at the start of your role, with online training resources and support available throughout the year.
Laura was a Programme Rep for her MA in Promotional Media. Read about her experience here.
You will have a Programme Rep regardless of your level of study, be it first year of undergraduate or part-time masters.
Find out more by reading the full Programme Rep role description