Every group/class of students elect a member to represent them at course team meetings with the course staff. This provides an opportunity for students to express their opinions, give comments about the course, raise any issues on behalf of their peer group and receive feedback and news of progress from the staff.
Training on how to perform well as a Student Rep is offered online in the form of a Student Rep Handbook and by sessions put on by the Student Engagement Team.
Student Reps will also be invited to focus groups with senior managers to voice concerns or appraisal of your experiences at college. During training, Student Reps will be offered the chance to put themselves forward to be School Reps and to represent their school on the Student Parliament, where they’ll help to make decisions about how the union represents students, organises activities, looks after student welfare and spends the union budget.
If you are a Student Rep and want to get an idea or an issue listened to about your course, then the person to pass it on to is your School Rep. They represent the ideas and opinions of all Student Reps in the area of College they study in. For example, if you study on an acting course and you are the Student Rep, if a student on your course has something to say that you think affects lots of classes, you would contact the School Rep for Music and Performing Arts.
School Reps meet regularly with their Head of School – this is the College manager in charge of that curriculum area – and will present your views directly to them. School Reps will feed back any answers and actions taken to the Student Reps in their area of the College.
If you’re not sure which School your course fits into just ask your tutor, your Student Rep or contact the Student Engagement Team.