Course Reps are nominated to represent a particular course and year group, they are a first point of contact should any issues arise on your course.
Welcome to the course reps pages of upsu.net, these pages will help you find out about the course rep system, how to get in contact with your course rep and how to raise issues for course reps and the VP Education and Democracy to work on.
Use the links to find out more about reps and how they can be effective. Reps themselves can download resources and find out all the dates for council and training.
» Are the people you can go to if you have issues or concerns about your course.
» Are members, and sometimes chairs, of many committees that allow them to channel students’ feedback and ideas in an effective way.
» Actively and regularly seek students’ opinions on all aspects of their course, including Library, IT, teaching, tutors and assessments.
» Receive training from the Students’ Union that enables them to deal with your issues or point you in the right direction to receive support and guidance.
» Work as a team with course reps from other year groups to ensure the voice of students is the strongest, loudest and is heard.
» Are fully supported by the Students’ Union and their course leaders.
Involving students in decisions that affect the operation and the future development of their courses is valued really highly by both the University and the Students’ Union. So course reps are a vital link between students and academic staff.
How Do I Become a Course Rep
If you are interested in becoming a Course Rep you should notify your lecturer or your department Student Voice Coordinator. If you are unsure who this is feel free to email email@example.com and we can tell you.
Reps are usually elected by mid October and there will be a small in class election for your class.
Once you have been elected your Department Student Voice Coordinator will contact us at the Union and give us your details. We will then be in touch with you via email about the dates and times for specific training.
Want to know who your rep is?
Unsure of who to speak to if you have issues on your course? Pick up the phone 023 9284 3648 to find out or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Rep Academy
For 2013/14 we have launched the Course Rep Academy. The idea of the academy is to ensure you are trained and supported throughout your year as a rep rather than just giving you the information at then leaving you to it. As part of the academy you will receive a certificate for each of the sessions you attend and receive regular emails, updates and advice about being a rep.
Key Training and Dates to look out for
If you were unable to attend one of these sessions due to other commitments or you had Course Rep meetings on this day then please email email@example.com and we will inform you about other sessions outside of this that you can attend.
Next Steps Training
This training is for those who have been Course Reps before or for those who have already attended ‘An introduction to being a Course Rep’.
The session will cover skills such as:
- Shared experience
- Effective lobbying
- Quality Assurance
These sessions will take place throughout November and will be arranged by Faculty. Information about dates can be found by clicking here
NUS provide a useful skills training that is useful if you are unable to get to one of our campus training sessions or need your mind refreshing. You can check the training out here
Course Rep Conference 2013This years event took place on Wednesday 30th October 2013 from 1-5pm in Portland Building. We are looking at holding a further event at the end of January. Keep an eye out here for information.
Course Rep Conference 2012
We recently held our Course Rep Conference on Wednesday 14th November 2012. If you attended the event or you would like to catch up on what you missed out on you can view the training slides below:
Course Rep Conference Slide One: Opening Ceremony – Talk from Dr Valda Bunker about the importance of Course Reps to the University
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Course Rep Conference Slide Two: Course Reps – A Beginners Guide – This presentation was used in the session with Enzo Rossi (VP Education & Democracy) and has been used in a number of departmental training sessions since September 2012. This is all the basic info you need to know as a rep.
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Course Rep Conference Slide Three: Meeting Skills – Chair Training and Minute Taking – Useful information for SSCC Chairs or those taking/interested in taking minutes
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Course Rep Conference Slide Four: Represent your way to a career – This session was delivered by Purple Door who looked at the essential skills you will gain as a Course Rep.
For further information about anything Course Rep related please email firstname.lastname@example.org