Academic Reps

Find Out Who Your Reps Are

Academic Reps are students who are act as the voice of their cohort within the University. They represent you on your Course, within your Department, and across your Faculty and the University as a whole.

It’s important that you raise any issues with your representatives so they can act upon it. You can find your reps by using the Academic Rep Directory 2016/17.

See below for more information your Course Reps, Department Reps, Faculty Reps and your Academic Officer.



For more info contact:
f: yusuacademicreps
t: @YUSUCourseReps

Course Reps

There are over 440 Course Reps across all academic departments, representing both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Course Reps are elected representatives who act as the main communication channel between students and department staff. The Advice & Support Centre is also here to support students who have academic or welfare concerns.

You can find out who your rep is by using the Academic Rep Directory.

Speak to your Course Rep if you have any queries or problems relating to your course, they are here to help and to take any issues or ideas to department staff - so make sure you tell them your thoughts!

Ways to feedback on your course include:

  • Department module feedback forms
  • Speaking to your Course Rep
  • Submitting your thoughts on "How was that Contact Time?"
  • Taking part in your department's Periodic Reviews
  • Joining your reps at our Faculty Open Hours
    • Library Foyer, 11am-3pm, Thursday 9th March


The National Student Survey

Final year students also have the opportunity to feedback through the National Student Survey (NSS). The survey is great chance for students to help enhance teaching and learning experiences in their department and help future students choose where to study.

Department Reps

Department Reps lead the team of Course Reps within their Department. There are currently 29 Department Reps who lead student representation across the University. You can find who is representing you on the Academic Rep Directory 2016/17.

Who are they and what are they doing?

Find out more about who your Department Rep is and what they are working on by checking out their updates below.


Ella Barker - Department of English

English are working on their application for an Athena SWAN award next year, Ella is working withthe department to design survey for both students and staff to gauge opinion on levels of equality.

Ella and the reps are also negotiating with the department to reduce costs of mandatory reading lists. One of the current solutions is working with LitSoc and the Library to organise book 'swaps' between year groups. 


Herman B. Larsen - Department of Electronics

Electronics have recently moved to electronic feedback, the reps are wokring to perfect the system to make it easier for students to engage with the process and increase the student voice in the department.

Herman is also working to put all student rep information in on place, so that it is easier for all students to find.


Miro Plückebaum - Department of PEP

Miro has been attending the working group that is reviewing the School of PEP and looking into whether it should be subsumed into one of the three departments. The independence of the School is one of the key selling points on why students come here and so far many student suggestions have been incorporated such as the School retaining its own Board of Studies, Director and dedicated admin staff.

Miro is also a senior committee member for multiple societies including UNA York.

Faculty Reps

For each Faculty at the University of York there is an elected student rep. These reps sit on University Senate and represent the student voice at Faculty Boards. Each term the Faculty Reps hold Faculty Forums where all students are welcome to attend and join in the discussions.

The current undergraduate Faculty Reps are:

Marina Lewis
Arts & Humanities 


Thom Shutt


Matt Hodges
Social Sciences

If you are interested in running for a Faculty Rep role for 2017/18 email

The postgraduate Faculty Reps are recruited and supported by the Graduate Students Association.

Academic Officer

Tamaki Laycock is Your Academic Officer for 2016/17. Tamaki is currently working on:

  • Accessibility - ensuring there is a focus on making sure that all students have their needs met as the university continues to expand 
  • Timetabling - continuting to tackle problems with both exams and teaching timetabling and making sure your voice is heard
  • NSS - enabling an informed discussion around the current policy proposals and updating students on the Higher Education Bill
  • Exams - preparing how the Academic Representation Network can support students through upcoming exams 

Check out Tamaki's recent blog or Follow her on Facebook and Twitter and find out what she has been up to.