The Representation and Democracy Team champions the student voice across all UAL courses. It’s our job to ensure students are heard and empowered to make positive change and improve their academic experience. One of the ways we do this is by working with Course Reps.
What are Course Reps?
Course Reps are a vital and valued force for positive change across UAL. Course Reps are student volunteers who gather feedback from students about their course and share this feedback with Arts SU and UAL staff at key points throughout the academic year, sometimes at meetings and sometimes via more informal channels.
In other words, Course Reps connect us directly to students' thoughts and feelings to help us find out what’s going on in their course, so we can help improve their experience.
What do Course Reps do?
Course Reps are important because, as students themselves, they are best placed to reflect upon and share their peers’ experience. We’ve seen for ourselves the outstanding contribution Course Reps make to the student experience.
In previous years, Course Reps’ feedback has supported the Arts SU and UAL to:
Reshape Crits to be more inclusive via consultation with College Officer.
Improve in-person access to studios, facilities and equipment.
Ensure new LCF Stratford campus took into account the need for student shop on-site.
Address challenges with academic timetable to support future students’ studies.
Raised awareness of cost-of-living for students experiencing hardship on their courses.
How are Course Reps supported?
Course Reps are supported every step of the way by our team and their elected College Officer. We provide in-person training and digital resources to all new and returning Course Reps, to share knowledge and empower them in their role. Our team is always available to answer questions or talk something through in confidence if you need to.
This is a voluntary role. We know that your studies come first. Course Reps are encouraged to dedicate 2 hours per-week (on average) to the role. It has been designed to fit in-and-around your existing commitments.
What are the perks of being a Course Rep?
There are a few additional perks to being a Course Rep...
You’ll develop new skills in communication and collaborative working that you can take into your future studies and careers.
You will get to participate in fun socials and activities organised by our team, where you can meet other likeminded student volunteers across other courses.
You will forge connections, share knowledge and build networks for the future.
If you’re good listener and care about making a positive impact on behalf of your fellow students, then we want to hear from you. You do not need to have any other prior experience.
How do I become a Course Rep?
You can nominate yourself by getting in touch with your Course Leader. The deadline is WED 11th OCT for undergraduate students and FRI 20th OCT for postgraduate students.
For more information, visit the Arts SU Course Rep page or contact the Rep & Dem team at email@example.com.
We’re excited to meet you!
The Arts SU Representation and Democracy Team (Helena, Emily, Rachel, Lee, Laura & Shane).