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Why do students become Academic Reps?

We have a wide range of students who nominate themselves to be an Academic Rep, some because they want to develop a particular skill and others may have been a rep at their school or college and be interested in continuing this type of role.

What do Academic Reps do?

Reps ensure that student concerns, views and opinions are heard and acted upon by the University and the Students' Union. By consulting students about their teaching and learning experience and taking these views to the University, Reps ensure that good things get emulated in other courses/departments/schools and the bad things get changed. This means that Reps:

  • Find out if students in their department have any concerns or issues relating to their course or student experience at Bath
  • Relay these issues to the University’s academic departments, senior management, and Students’ Union and make suggestions for change;
  • Relay the outcome of any meetings with the University or Students Union back to the students they represent.

By doing this, Reps play a key part in reviewing and improving the student experience at Bath.

What's the difference between an Academic Rep and a Faculty Rep?

Academic Reps are elected by their peers to represent them at a programme level. Faculty Reps are elected to represent all students studying within the Faculty/School.  Academic Reps will be members of programme/department Staff Student Liaison Committees and Faculty Reps are members of a number of Faculty/School level committees such as Boards of Studies and Faculty/School Learning, Teaching & Quality Committees.  Faculty Reps also sit on the Students' Union's Academic Exec and support the Education Officer with education campaigns and activity.

What time commitment is involved in being a Rep?

All of our role descriptions have a breakdown of the time commitment involved in being an Academic Rep or Faculty Rep. Role descriptions can be found at the bottom of this page.

What support will I get as an Academic Rep?

Training: Training is provided to all Reps via the Moodle online training course which you will be added to once elected into post.  There are also additional training sessions run as appropriate, and Reps can request additional training if they feel this is required.  All Academic Reps will have the chance to  attend the Academic Reps' Conference run by the Representation Team which will include a variety of sessions to help develop your skills as an Academic Rep.  

Department/Faculty Support: There are staff members within each School and Department who are able to assist reps with department/faculty specific queries. Please look on Person Finder to find yours.

Ongoing support from the Representation Team: The Representation Team are based temporarily (until Christmas 2017) in Norwood House 4.15 and 1 East 3.5. Drop-in sessions will be offered with the Education Officer and a member of the Representation team. These will allow Reps to ask questions and raise issues that they may have, which they may not feel comfortable asking in front of others.  

Education website: All Reps are encouraged to use the 'For Reps' part of the Academic Represetnation site. The site provides reps with ongoing support and lots of guidance materials, resources as well as links to committee papers and minutes of meetings.

Nominate and vote

Key dates

  • Nominations: Midday Monday 02/10/2017 - Midday Sunday 08/10/2017
  • Voting: 17:00 Monday 09/10/2017 - Midday Friday 13/10/2017

Nominations and voting takes place at or below.

Results will be announced and candidates will be contacted no later than 5pm on Monday 16 October


If an election had no votes or no candidates, a by-election will take place either in your department or via the SU website.

  • Nominations: Midday Monday 16/10/2017 - Midday Wednesday 18/10/2017
  • Voting: 9am Friday 20/10/2017 - Midday Monday 23/10/2017
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