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Academic Reps

Student Elections: Autumn 2019

Nominations for Academic Reps, Student Voice Champions, Campus Liaison Officers, society committees and sports Presidents for the academic year 2019/20 are now open. You can see a full list of the available positions on our blog post. If you would like to run for any of these positions please head to our Nomination page.  

This year for the first time, we are proud to be introducing reserved Academic Representative positions for students who self-define as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic. This is part of Beds SU's partnership work with the University of Bedfordshire to improve equity for all and represent your academic interests more accurately.

Key dates: 

  • Nominations now open
  • Nominations close, Fri 15 November, 4pm
  • Voting dates TBA
  • Results announced on the Beds SU website TBA

About Academic Reps

Academic reps are the voice of students on their course who champions student views and ideas to the university. They work in partnership with the university, the Students' Union and their fellow course-mates to enhance the learning experience. 

Some of the key responsibilities are to: 

  • Encourage students to give feedback using 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 discuss THINK BIG ideas with your course team and to ensure students are aware of the progress and outcomes.
  • 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 issues of a personal or sensitive nature or individual complaints or appeals. 
  • Work without the support from Beds SU. 

Become an Academic Rep 

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.

Staff on your course should speak to your cohort about electing an Academic 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 academic rep is in case you have any ideas or issues that you would like to share.

For further information, contact Be.Heard@beds.ac.uk