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.
Key Dates 2019
Course Rep Induction and Data Protection Training- Please complete both as soon as possible. Check "Resources" towards the bottom of the page
Rep Conference One - 9th October - Click here to see the schedule for Day One
Rep Conference Two - 16th October - Click here to see the schedule for Day Two
StART Talking Week One - 21st - 25th October
Induction and GDPR training deadline - 1st November
Course Rep of the Month Results Announced - 4th November
Course Rep Quiz and Christmas Party - 4th December
Course Rep of the Month Results Announced - 4th December
Faculty Reps are a vital link between students, Course Reps, Students’ Union and University staff. These reps 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 and share best practice. 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 and the successful candidate will work particularly closely with the Faculty Network Chair, fellow UAB members and the VP Education & Democracy.
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.
Course Rep of the Month
About the Award
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.
2018/19 Winners of the Course Rep of the Month
November - Mhlengi Mntungwa
February - Bhavik Mistry
March - Rosa Sigman
April - David Leng
Course Rep of the Year - Bhavik Mistry
You may find these resources useful in your role. We will update this page with additional resources and training opportunities throughout the year.
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