What is an Academic Rep?

Published by Beds SU

Academic Reps are the voice of students on their course, who champions student views and ideas to the university at various levels. They work in partnership with the university, the Students’ Union and YOU – their fellow course-mates – to enhance the academic experience here at UoB. 

You will get the chance to become a Rep for your Course or to vote for the Rep for your Course within the first few weeks of term, so keep an eye out for information in class.

What do Reps do?

Course Reps will:  

  • Collect feedback from students about their experience. The best feedback uses the THINK BIG framework: what are the BEST aspects of their course, what are the areas that need IMPROVING and what new ideas they have to GET GOING that will improve the learning experience. 
  • Attend meetings to pass on this feedback and discuss THINK BIG ideas with your course team and see what changes could be made to improve the student experience.
  • Close the feedback loop by ensuring students are aware of the progress made and outcomes achieved in these meetings.
  • Build relationships with students and staff across the university and work with them to develop the learning experience.

Course Reps are NOT expected to: 

  • Help students with their studies – we suggest trying the StudyHub for this.
  • Help students with issues of a personal or sensitive nature or individual complaints or appeals – UoB Student Support can help with a range of concerns, or Beds SU runs an independent, confidential Advice Service if you’d rather speak to someone else.
  • Work without the support of Beds SU – Beds SU provides training and ad hoc support throughout the year to Academic Reps. You can even get certification for your work as a Rep.

How to become an Academic Rep

Staff on your course should speak to your cohort about electing a Rep within the first few weeks of the academic year. Make sure you keep an eye out for information if you want to get involved. If it’s not for you, make sure you know who your Rep is in case you have any ideas or issues that you would like to share.

One of the most satisfying benefits of being a rep is knowing you can influence institutional development and make a positive impact on the student experience at the University. Being involved in academic representation is not only about maximising the potential of your course but also your own personal development. 

Beds SU is committed to helping you develop the essential skills that you need to be successful in your role and have committed staff available to support and train you throughout the year. You will develop valuable skills that will increase your chances of employment, including communication, timekeeping, handling negative feedback, negotiation, problem-solving reflection, networking, assertiveness, public speaking and many more.