Course Representatives

Course Reps represent the academic interests of fellow students on their course and year group. They are an official first point of contact between students, University staff and the Union.

Course Reps seek students’ opinions on aspects of their course such as: learning resources, facilities, teaching, assessments and feedback, and they strive to use these opinions to improve the University experience. In doing so, they also attend relevant meetings in the University and in the Union throughout the year where they represent their peers. They are provided with training from the Union which enables them to deal with various issues or point students in the right direction to receive support and guidance.

They work together with other Course Reps and their Faculty Reps to ensure the students’ voice is heard and listened to. Course Reps are valued and supported by both the University and the Union. Being a Course Rep provides a unique opportunity to meet students from across the University, plus a chance to develop a wide range of skills whilst building confidence and gaining valuable experience that will look great on the CV.

Rep Conference

Our Rep Conferences are our flagship training event every year, with over 400 students attending to share ideas and work collaboratively to make the Student Experience at Portsmouth the best it can be.

We provide thought inspiring presentations, practical training on how to change things that matter to you and a great atmosphere to network with like minded people.

We will be announcing our offering for 2020/21 soon, so check back regularly!

Key Contacts

Our Student Networks will work to enhance diversity on campus, improve student participation, lead and drive student campaigns and provide a crucial student voice in UPSU decision making. The role of Network chair is a voluntary position. For more information, please visit the Networks Page.

  • Rama Hilouneh

    Title
    VP Education & Democracy
    Role
  • Jon Scowen

    Title
    Student Focus Lead
    Role
  • Adele Benson

    Title
    Student Focus Coordinator
    Role
  • Jordan Howard

    Title
    Student Focus Coordinator
    Role
  • Tom Radbourne

    Title
    Student Focus Coordinator
    Role

Faculty Reps

Faculty Reps are a vital link between students, Course Reps, Students’ Union and University staff. They work closely with Course Reps in their faculty to identify the most common issues and areas of best practice, which they will then put forward at Faculty meetings and other senior level meetings.

Faculty Reps are also members of their respective Faculty Networks, where Course Reps meet to discuss current issues within the Faculty, share best practice and build campaigns.

Faculty Reps are a part of the Union Actioning Body committee, which is the primary decision making body for all UPSU campaigns and democratic matters, where Faculty Reps work particularly closely with the Faculty Network Chair, fellow UAB members and the Academic Representation Officer.

  • Francesca Crabtree

    Title
    BAL Faculty Rep
    Role
  • Zain Mohammed

    Title
    Humanities Faculty Rep
    Role
  • Pia Ewens

    Title
    CCI Faculty Rep
    Role
  • Vinuri Fernando

    Title
    Science Faculty Rep
    Role
  • Jas Kaur

    Title
    SCI Faculty Rep
    Role
  • Matthew Harmen

    Title
    Technology Faculty Rep
    Role
  • Paul Ajiro

    Title
    Technology Faculty Rep
    Role

Associate Deans of Students (ADS)

Each University Faculty has an Associate Dean of Students (known as an ADS). They are responsible for implementing the Course Rep Scheme in their Faculties and represent an important point of contact if you need to escalate issues. You may also find them a useful source of knowledge if you require additional information. A list of the University's ADSs can be found below.

  • Simon Brookes

    Title
    Creative & Cultural Industries
    Role
  • Mary Williams

    Title
    Humanities & Social Sciences
    Role
  • Zoe Dann

    Title
    Business & Law
    Role
  • Kirsten Farrell-Savage

    Title
    Science & Health
    Role
  • Lee Woods

    Title
    Technology
    Role

Course Rep of the Month

Each month we run our Course Rep of the Month award. This award is given to a Course Rep who has excelled in their role, going above and beyond to represent their students. Students and staff can submit their nominations monthly with the award being announced in the first week of each month.

To be in with a shot of winning the award a Course Rep must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a proactive Course Rep.
  • Be able to deal with an issue before it becomes a bigger problem.
  • Be able to feedback on all students' views, not just a few voices.
  • Effectively uses course surveys, StART, Moodle, social media and speaks up in lectures to gain students' voices and views.
  • Work closely with Student Voice Coordinators, Course Leaders and the Students' Union to represent the student voice.

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