What are Academic Reps?
Academic Reps are students who collect feedback and speak on behalf of other students to help make your University education and experience the best it can be!
Academic Reps are elected to their role by students on their course, or in their department. This means they have been chosen as the best person to take a lead on voicing student feedback to staff within their department, the University or the Students’ Union.
The main way Academic Reps voice student feedback is by attending departmental Student Staff Consultative Committees (SSCCs) which take place 3 times a year, but they can also work with their Faculty Rep and the SU Academic Affairs Officer to raise feedback.
Who is my Academic Rep?
There are a number of ways to find out and contact your Academic Rep.
- Student Record
- Find my Rep
Please be aware it can take few weeks for details to be received and uploaded once elections have taken place.
If you can’t find the details of your Academic Rep, then please contact the Academic Rep Coordinator (Amy) by emailing email@example.com who will able to provide you with their contact details.
When should I contact my Academic Rep?
If you have any positive or negative feedback about your course including things such as assignments, teaching, facilities, exams and timetabling etc., then you can contact your Academic Rep.
You academic rep will anonymously record your feedback and raise this with the most appropriate staff member or report it at their next SSCC. If your feedback is not relating to your academic studies, then your rep can help signpost you to someone who can help within your department, Student Support or the Students’ Union.
Why should I become an Academic Rep?
We believe that the student voice matters the most and work to ensure students views, needs and concerns shape your Department, University and Students’ Union! If you're passionate about the student voice and you want the best education you can get here at Aberystwyth, then this role is for you! By becoming an Academic Rep you will :
- Make new friends and build positive relationships with staff
- Develop leadership and communication skills
- Have a role outside of your academic studies which looks
great on your CV
- Gain volunteering recognition through the Aber Award
- Help to make changes which benefit the education and
experience of your course mates and future students
How can I become an Academic Rep?
Academic reps are elected to their positions and elections take place twice a year. From March to April we elect Academic Reps returning the following academic year, and from September to October we elect new starters and any positions that weren't filled earlier in the year.
To put yourself forward for a role is really easy! All you need to do is fill in our short, online form which is available during the standing period. The roles open within your department will be made clear on the standing form.
Following standing, there is a week of voting which all happens via a quick online process via ApAber or an email link.
Of course, at the end of voting both staff and students within your department will be made aware of the results!
What training and support is provided?
All Academic Reps are invited to attend a training session once elected to the role. Training lasts no more than 2 hours and is tailored to reps depending on whether they are a beginner or a returner.
As well as training, everyone receives a newsletter at least once a month with relevant updates, information and opportunities relating to the 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.
If you have any further questions about Academic Reps, please contact Amy (firstname.lastname@example.org) our Academic Rep Coordinator.