Your Role

YOUR ROLE - THE COURSE REP ROLE PROFILE

Course Reps are an essential link between students and staff, ensuring that the university takes into account the views of students and that they receive the best possible education

COURSE REP ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To gather feedback from fellow students on the academic experience on their course
  • To discuss issues raised with staff members
  • To attend staff/student meetings and put forward the views of the students they represent.
  • To feedback to fellow students on the outcome of meetings
  • To liaise with the Students’ Union - keeping them informed of relevant issues and seeking support if needed
  • To treat the role responsibly and be prepared to represent the views of the majority of students even if the rep does not personally hold the same view

BENEFITS OF TAKING ON THIS ROLE

  • You will be having a positive impact on the student experience and the quality of your course
  • It is a very social role and a great way of getting to know other students and staff
  • A fantastic opportunity to take on responsibility and develop self confidence in a supported role
  • Transferable skills can be developed such as communication, time management, negotiation, diplomacy and leadership (all great for the CV!)

GAIN A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE UNIVERSITY WORKS

  • Recruitment: Course reps are recruited in the first four weeks of the academic year. If you would like to take on the role let your Course Leader and course mates know that you are interested in becoming the Course Rep for your year. If several students are interested there may be an informal election or the role may be shared if there are a lot of students on the course.
  • Training: The Students’ Union run Course Rep Training sessions in the first semester which are essential for all newly elected reps - they provide a great introduction to the role, an opportunity to meet your fellow reps and to ask any questions you may have.
  • Support: As a Course Rep you will be supported in your role by your Course Leader and by the Students’ Union, so there will always be someone you can talk to when issues arise.
  • More Information: To find out more take a look at the Students’ Union Course Rep pages at brightonsu.com. You can also email Dan Simmonds, Student Representation Coordinator at the Students’ Union with any queries you may have at coursereps@brighton.ac.uk

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