Academic Reps are students who have been elected by fellow students on their course or in their department to feedback the views of those they represent to their Department, the University and Students’ Union.
They work with their Institute Rep and Academic Affairs Officer in representing students by attending Staff Student Consultative Committees to raise and respond to student feedback.
Why should I become an Academic Rep?
We believe that the student voice matters most and work to ensure students views, needs and concerns shape your Department, University and Students’ Union. By becoming an Academic Rep, you will have been elected by fellow students and therefore who better to represent their views.
You’ll develop new and existing skills, enhance your employability and join a network of like-minded students involved with the Students’ Union.
As well as receiving a certificate and having the role recognise on your HEAR transcript upon completion; you will have the chance to be nominated for ‘Academic Rep of the Year’ in the Union Awards.
What training and support is provided?
All Academic Reps are invited to attend one training session on election to role. This year we will be renaming our training beginners and returners training dependent on whether you have been an Academic Rep previously.
As well as training, you’ll receive a newsletter at least once a month with relevant updates, information and opportunities relating to your role – this will include the chance to attend regional and national conferences to meet reps from other institutions.
The Academic Affairs Officer and Academic Representation Coordinator are also on hand throughout the year to organise regular catch-ups, additional training opportunities and provide ongoing support should you need it.
5 REASONS TO BECOME AN ACADEMIC REP
BE THE VOICE OF STUDENTS
Being an Academic Rep allows you to take the lead on gathering student feedback (positive or negative) and voice this to staff in your department and the Students’ Union. Because you share the experience of your courses mates, you understand the issues that matter and be clear about what students want.
By voicing student feedback and working with staff to come up with solutions, you can help change and improve the education of your peers, and future students. Change can be big or small, but if it’s change for the better and it’s what students want, then you’ve made a difference!
MEET NEW PEOPLE
Since the role is all about talking to students and other Academic Reps, you’ll definitely meet new people and make new friends! Through training and meetings, you’ll also build positive relationships with both Academic and Student Union staff.
BECOME MORE EMPLOYABLE
Being an Academic Rep is a great way to gain transferable skills; you’ll gain organisation, time management, communication, leadership and negotiation skills just to name a few! Furthermore employers are always looking for people who have given up their time to further develop themselves and take on extra roles.
AWARDS AND RECONGITION
On average, Academic Reps spend around 1-2 hours a week carrying out the role. To recognise the commitment and efforts of Academic Reps, the role is recorded on your HEAR Certificate. You can also work towards an Aber Award volunteering certificate and you may be nominated for Academic Rep of the year!