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Academic Student Representation at Newcastle University. You’re all involved!. What are Academic S tudent Representatives ?. They are: Students who have volunteered to represent you at University learning, teaching & student experience meetings.

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what are academic s tudent representatives
What are Academic Student Representatives?

They are:

  • Students who have volunteered to represent you at University learning, teaching & student experience meetings.
  • They are your voice, so make sure you contact your representatives to let them know the positive / negative aspects of your Programme and University experience.
why are academic student representatives important
Why are Academic Student Representatives important?
  • They are amechanism for student-led change!
  • They provide you with the opportunity feedback on aspects of your Programme or University experience that you feel strongly about.
  • They work with staff to solve the issues you have raised.
  • They should be letting you know about how decisions made by the University affect you.

Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Have convinced the Head of School and directors to spend part of the School’s budget

for a new laser cutter for the Workshop.

Computing Science

Have agreed that a mentor scheme will be trialled for MSC students this academic


Combined Honours

Have re-designed their induction week.

History Classics and Archaeology

Have introduced a new successful

style guide.


Have refurbished their common room.

comments from previous reps
Comments from previous Reps
  • “I was surprised how seriously the staff took our opinions.”
  • “many of the reps' ideas have been implemented - such as a revamp of the common room and a new student mentor service.”
  • “Not only did it improve the course but I got to know my Degree Programme Director and the course admin staff which is useful.”
  • “I have gained important diplomatic skills from the meetings that I have attended.”
academic student representation roles
Academic Student Representation Roles

Course Rep

SSC Student Chair & Secretary

Organise their Course/Programme’s SSC

Creates the agendas

Lead the meetings

Ensure the committee makes decisions

Follows up on actions

Take notes/minutes

  • 1 for every 20 students
  • Gather feedback from students on their course
  • Attend Student-Staff Committee (SSC) meetings
  • Inform staff of student opinion on the course
  • Develop solutions with staff
  • Feedback to students on their course
academic student representation roles1
Academic Student Representation Roles

School Rep

Education Officer

Attends University wide meetings

Represents the whole student view

Feeds back to the School Reps what has changed

  • Usually two per School - one taught, one research
  • Represent the student view at Faculty meetings
  • Meets with key staff
  • Feeds back to Course Reps what has been decided at both University and Faculty meetings
how do you get involved
How do you get involved?

You already are!!!

You all have opinions about your Course and the University (good and bad)

Make sure your opinions are heard! - feedback to your Course or School Rep about your experience and make sure they feedback

Want to get fully involved?????

become a rep
Become a Rep!

Course Rep – elected at the start of the academic year by course mates

SSC Student Chair & Secretary – elected by the Student-Staff Committee

School Rep – appointed by the Students’ Union

Education Officer – elected by cross-campus ballot in March

why you should become a rep
Why you should become a Rep!
  • Improve your Course and the University for you, your course mates and future students
  • Develop your skills and employability
  • Meet people from across the University
  • Have your work recognised on your degree transcript
  • The chance to be nominated for an NCL plus award and win £300!
thanks for listening
Thanks for listening!

Your contact details

Students’ Union contact details

David Morris (Education Officer)e:

t: 0191 239 3963

Get involved!