What is a student rep?
A student representative works towards improvements in education for fellow students.
One student rep this year, Roshan Walkerley from ENV says of his role;
'Whether it's improving the first week of a course of evaluating modules, it is a great chance to communicate with other students and staff alike to bring about positive change for all on your course.'
What will I do as a student rep?
- Discover and voice the opinions and concerns of students
- Represent your course-mates
- Be the student voice when decisions are made in your School
- Be available for students to contact you about issues they want to raise
- Get in contact with university staff and the Students' Union about these issues
- Bring about positive change in your School
Will there be any help or support?
Members of academic staff and support staff will always be on hand to help you out. The Union is always available to support you and will help and advise you about any aspect of representation.
We run training sessions which will guide you through how student representation works at UEA and what part you can play as a rep. We also hold sessions on how to chair meetings.
Contact our Representation Support Worker, Tony Moore at Anthony.Moore@uea.ac.uk to arrange student rep training or if you have any questions.
What will I be able to achieve?
You can bring real change and make life at UEA better for your course-mates and yourself.
Last year, students at a School away from the main campus, were faced with a lack of access to PCs; now after organising and petitioning they have persuaded their School to provide a wireless network and laptops around the building.
Result: a real improvement for staff and students at the School.
What will I get from being a rep?
During your time as a rep, you will learn many of the transferable skills that employers increasingly value. Also, the Students' Union aims to celebrate the achievements of student reps through our Volunteering scheme and the Union Awards.
The Union in partnership with Voluntary Norfolk, is offering all student reps a nationally recognised accreditation in voluntary work. This is offered within the Union Volunteers scheme.
The scheme uses a simple logbook system for volunteers to keep a record of their activities, and the Union gives awards for the amount of time spent volunteering.
There's a Bronze Award (25 hours), a Silver Award (50 hours), a Gold Award (100 hours) and a Platinum Award (100+ hours).
Pick up a logbook from Union House Reception and get it counter-signed by an Student Officer or our Representation Support Worker.
Find us in the Union Office upstairs in Union House, next to the Grad Bar.
Your work is also recognised at the Union's prestigious Awards ceremony. This year it is on Tuesday 29th March. There are a range of awards available for student reps; from student rep of the year to Staff-Student Liaison Committee of the year.
Great - how do I sign up then?
To become a student rep, ask your advisor or a member of staff in your School's Teaching Office. You can also contact us at the Union:
Representation Support Worker