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.
Find out who your academic reps are and how to contact them on the Find My Rep page.
Some of the key responsibilities are to:
Course Reps are NOT expected to:
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
Once you are elected as a Rep, your details should be passed on to the Union, but this doesn't always happen. If you are acting as an Academic Rep but haven't been contacted by Beds SU about briefing and support opportunities, you can add yourself to our Rep database by completing this form.