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Frequently Asked Questions

Elections can be a confusing time with plenty of questions and terminology being thrown in your direction. We've compiled the most common questions that we get asked around Academic Rep Elections into a handy little FAQ!

Academic Reps are in their positions from September - June are split into 3 core roles: ‘Faculty Convenors’, ‘School Convenors’ & ‘Course Reps’. Each role has different levels of responsibility.

Faculty Convenors: Faculty Level Representation and listening and overseeing the representation of School Convenors and Course reps. Taking important feedback at university level meetings; Faculty Teaching and Quality Committees (FLTQC’s).

School Convenors: Entire School Representation and listening to the views of Course Reps. Chair of Student Staff Liaison Committee’s. This role should liaise between course reps and Faculty Convenors.

Course Reps: Course Level Representation for those in your course and gathering feedback on the ground.

You'll be offered robust training to gather feedback from your peers and present findings to influential University staff, all with the support of the Union and follow up on any change you create!

SSLCs - Student Staff Liaison Committee’s

SSLCs typically happen twice a term. They’re important and friendly meetings where feedback and mutual understanding is welcome. Your designated Student Voice and Communities Coordinator will brief you before each meeting to ensure understanding and support on topics.

Who attends?: School Convenors & Course Reps


School Boards

School Boards are made up of key teaching staff (e.g. course leaders and advisors) and the School Convenors attend on behalf of the SSLC. Any issues that cannot be resolved at SSLC level should be taken to the School Board and raised with appropriate staff members.

Who attends?: School Convenors


FLTQCs - Faculty Learning & Teaching Quality Committee’s

Faculty Learning and Teaching Quality Committee (FLTQCs) are for wider consideration and faculty level discussions. These usually include Heads of Schools and Directors of Learning and Teaching. Some issues raised at SSLC and/or School Boards that are relevant to the whole faculty will be passed up through and presented.

Who attends?: Faculty Convenors

As an Academic Rep, you’ll receive our full backing when dealing with the University. You’ll receive a full suite of training, giving you the skills needed to advocate for yourself effectively from day one. You’ll also receive support from experienced Convenors, your Officer Team, and us, your Student Voice staff team.

Because the Union is a separate organisation to UEA, we’ll always be on your side.

Student Voice Team:

Matthew Cullum - Student Voice & Communities Coordinator (SCI & HUM)

Catherine (Katie) Bannister - Student Voice & Communities Coordinator (FMH)

Tanne Heathershaw - Student Voice & Communities Coordinator (SSF)

All staff are contactable here.

  • A robust skills training package, including public speaking, communication skills, research skills, wellbeing and anti-racism topics
  • Ongoing personal development throughout the year, including a Rep Academy programme which responds to your priorities
  • Networking opportunities, with the chance to work with our Full-time and Part-time officers on university-wide projects
  • Social opportunities: The Union will host a couple of different events throughout the year which you will be invited to attend
  • Accreditation, with credit towards your UEA Award and certification of your time as a Course Rep, giving you CV experience to stand out from your peers
  • The chance to progress, with a role that sets you up to become a Convenor, an Officer, or a graduate worker in the Higher Education sector

Yes! Being an Academic Rep is a great way to gain confidence with public speaking, and every year we see students and apprentices transform into brilliant speakers. You’ll be working alongside a team of reps who can provide peer support and guidance, giving you the perfect environment to gain the skills you need to thrive.

You don’t need to be #besties with all of your course mates to be a good rep, so don’t worry if you don’t know everyone. Here’s some of the ways you can get your name out there:

  • Introduce yourself in any social spaces, such as group chats and Facebook pages, or after class!
  • Ask your lecturer for some time to introduce yourself to your cohort in class
  • Create an academic society, speak to our Opportunities team or submit the idea here
  • Drop into any Academic Societies around your course (e.g. Nursing Society, AMA Society), and use that space to gather feedback
  • Ask your Course Director if they can upload your details to the Blackboard site for your Course/School

Your name will also appear on the SU Website when your peers search for your course, so they’ll see you there as well.

If you’ve raised your concerns through the Academic Rep System, university meetings and there’s still an outstanding issue, then you still have options: