Academic Reps should be the first call whenever a you have feedback on your academic experience. This incredible team are elected by their community to represent their cohort and it is their role to actively listen to your feedback and concerns and work with your course teams and The SU to make change in your best interests. And they are pretty good at it too!
The Academic Representation system is a simple hierarchy system that allows your feedback to be fed up to our most influential represent ivies, our officers. All academic representitive will have a key meeting where they will work with staff on the feedback they have received.
>> Academic Representatives
Academic Representatives are elected by their peers to represent them, there will be at least 2 Academic Reps for each year group of a course. It is their responsibility to collect feedback from their cohort, collaborate with relevent academic staff, and represent student views this at their Student Staff Liaison Group. Academic Reps will also work and collaborate with the SU, Department Reps and Faculty Reps on wider issues affecting your department, Faculty and univeristy!
As the name suggests, Academic Representatives work on academic related issues. Academic Representatives will signpost students to other areas of the Students' Union when an issue falls outside of their role (academic appeals, bullying and harassment, complaints etc).
>> Departmental Representatives
Departmental Representatives are elected by Academic Representatives at the first Staff Student Liaison Committee (SSLC) meeting of the year. Departmental Representatives attend Departmental Learning, Teaching and Quality Committees (DTLQCs) where they discuss module and course changes.
There is one undergraduate and one postgraduate taught departmental representative, though the department may opt for more.
>> Staff Student Liaison Committee Chairs
Staff Student Liaison Committee (SSLC) Chairs are elected at the first meeting of the SSLC and work with the academic co-chair if there is one, to chair the meeting. They make sure that students and staff can both have their say.
Chairs are supported by the Students' Union in their roles.
>> Faculty Representatives
Faculty Representatives are elected by students in their faculty/school. Each Faculty/School will have two undergraduate, one postgraduate taught and one doctoral representative.
It is the Faculty Reps responsibility to represent students at a Faculty Level, they will achieve this through hosting Faculty Forums which brings together all Academic Reps from their Faculty/School to discuss the big issues that are affecting students. Reps will take this feedback will attend Faculty/School Learning, Teaching and Quality Committees (F/SLTQCs) as well as Faculty/School Boards of Studies (BoS) or Faculty/School Doctoral Studies Committee (F/SDSC).
Faculty Reps also make up the The SU’s Academic Exec. As a member of the Academic Exec they will work closely with your Officers and the SU’s Voice team to tackle university wide issues and the SU’s Top Ten. By discussing these issues in Academic Exec meetings and collecting feedback from Academic Reps to help support Officers progress on these issues.
>> Senate Representative
Who is this you ask? They aren’t in the diagram! Sorry we know, this is because this person doesn’t necessarily sit within the structure however they are still super important.
The Senate Reps is elected by all students and acts as the student representitive and will sit on Senate on the University Senate with your Officers and act the student. To keep themselves informed and up to date on student issues they are the chair Academic Exec.