Our Faculty Reps sit above the Course Reps within the Academic Rep structure at the Union.
Responsibilities of the Faculty Reps include:
- To support Course Representatives.
- To attend and chair SSCCs with Course Reps.
- To have an active role in providing clear communication between Course Reps and the Students’ Union staff and officers.
- To report important issues that they have been made aware of from Course Reps or SSCCs back to the Union to action change.
- To have informal meetings with Associate Deans to provide feedback.
- To attend Student Forum as a voting member.
If you are interested in this role and in growing your confidence and HEAR accreditation then keep your eyes peeled over welcome week for more information!
What is a course rep?
Course Reps are our way of collecting lots of students views about their course and experience whilst at Newman. With roughly 2,800 students, it can be difficult for a small SU team to really hear every single voice, so we aim to make sure that we have course reps on each course from every year to round up the views and collective opinions of their peers.
Course reps attend meetings called Student Staff Consultative Committees (SSCCs) twice a year to present their feedback to course staff and key university departments, including ourselves. We also take this data and interpret it into themes which are presented to the University through the Executive Committee.
What are the benefits of becoming a Course Rep?
Aside from helping make your course better for you and your course mates, you will get HEAR accreditation which is a record that you get alongside your degree which shows the extra curricular activities you took part in alongside your studies.
Alongside this, course reps will get a discount on Union merch throughout the year.
There are also skills that can be developed within this experience that you can talk about at interviews such as:
- Meeting Etiquette
- Negotiating with key Stakeholders
- Presenting Information and Data for Purpose
- Professional Skills
You can make the most of your experiences as an Academic Rep when you come to planning your career. For further help with this visit the University Careers Service for help and guidance. You can find out more by clicking here.
How do I become a course rep?
We usually pop into lectures when you return to campus in the Autumn. If you are already reading this after this time and feel like this could be an opportunity you’d like to take please contact the President, the Academic Representation Officer, Student Voice & Governance Co-ordinator or your lecturer.