Course reps are student volunteers who represent the views of their course mates to their School and to the Students’ Union. There are usually two representatives per year group per course across the University, but this depends on the number of students on the course. Course reps work to make sure that UEA is an even better place to learn and that their course mates enjoy their studies.
After talking to students on their course, they raise issues that students may be facing like assessment and feedback, access to resources or queries around organisation of the course as well as celebrating the areas they enjoy on their course. These students discuss these topics with other reps and staff in their school at a meeting called a Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC). At this meeting students in the role of course rep will also be asked for feedback on new course ideas, how welcome period went and events in the School.
Last academic year, course reps were able to feed in on new course proposals, contact hours in LDC, timetabling and space planning and raised topics such as creating school publications, workload pressures and building student community. Students who become course reps can develop skills such as public speaking, problem solving, negotiation, confidence and more. The hours they volunteer can also be used to gain the UEA Award, which you can find out more about here.
For students in the role, training is provided by uea(su) in October to help you understand the role, the structure as well as how to present this feedback and how the SSLC meetings run.
Course Reps are supported by staff in their School and in uea(su). They also will be in contact with their School Convenor, who is a student volunteer who represents the whole school at meetings within the University and uea(su). There is also a Faculty Convenor role, two positions in each Faculty – one to represent UG students and one to represent PG students – who takes common issues across their Faculty to the staff and committees at Faculty level.
How to get involved?
If you’re a returning student going into second, third or fourth year then head to the Course Rep Election page to submit a nomination and get involved. Nominations open on Monday 16th March, closing on Thursday 30th April at 10am. Voting will open on Monday 4th May at 10am and will close on Monday 11th May at 9am. Results will be announced shortly after Tuesday 12th May.