University of York Students' Union (YUSU)

What is an Academic Rep?

All Academic Reps play a major role in developing a better university for students and work together to ensure that all students are equally represented. With each year we see more and more students having their voices heard and creating positive change including:
  • Improvements to how assessments are marked and how feedback is given

  • Removal of unpopular or irrelevant modules

  • Increasing resources both in the department and the library

  • Escalating complaints about teaching environments to make tangible improvements

  • Implementation of mentoring schemes

Academic Reps raise issues on your behalf so that you remain completely anonymous and don’t have to go through a formal complaints system. Find your rep by using our Academic Rep Directory or click on a role on the right to find out more about a specific type of Academic Rep.

Course Reps

Department Reps

Faculty Reps

Course Reps

There are over 400 Course Reps across the University, representing both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Course Reps have a direct link with the students in their cohort and ensure that any queries or concerns are raised and dealt with appropriately.

If you have any queries, problems or any positive feedback relating to your course, then speak to your Course Rep! They are here to help and take any issues or ideas to department staff.

Course Reps are the voice of their cohort and help improve the academic experience for students at the University. By gathering student opinion, Course Reps become specialists in course-based issues, helping to identify and tackle problems that arise.

You can find out who your Course Rep is here.

Department Reps

Department Reps lead the team of Course Reps and help develop and improve the learning experience for all students within a department.

Department Reps are an invaluable key contact for both departments and YUSU which allows you to give students an even louder voice. The main purpose of the Department Rep is to make their department better for its students. 

You can find out who your Department Rep is here.

Faculty Reps

Each Faculty has an elected undergraduate student rep. Faculty Reps work behind the scenes, sitting on University-level committees such as Faculty Boards and Senate, representing all students within their Faculty. They champion student feedback to create large scale positive changes. Send them feedback here.

The current undergraduate Faculty Reps are:


Lea Marrazzo

Lea Marrazzo
Arts & Humanities 

After the recent co-option process, Lea has now taken up the role of Faculty Rep. More information about her projects coming soon.

Christian Stickels - Sciences Faculty Rep

Zoe Disley

Looking at consistency between modules, implementing mentoring schemes and pushing for seminars on exam material.


Brontë Wright - Social Sciences Faculty Rep

Rifah Khalil
Social Sciences

Improving feedback, implementing mentoring schemes, working with ISA and promoting work experience opportunities.