Have Your Say

The one thing all Academic Reps need to be able to do their job is student feedback, without your voice they cannot represent you. Whether it's a question about how to submit an assessment online, a grumble about a lack of resources or an idea on how a module could be better - your Reps want to know!

Ways to feedback


 

Get involved

Our next round of recruitment is for three new Faculty Reps - to find out more check out our YUSU Elections pages

Anyone can be a Rep and alongside developing and improving the learning experience for students, being a Rep is a great opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience. The responsibilities slightly differ depending on which type of Academic Rep but all roles are supported by the Academic Officer and Student Engagement team at YUSU.

Skills of an Academic Rep

  • Verbal and written communication

  • Time management and organisation

  • Teamwork and negotiation

  • Research and data collection

 
  • Meeting etiquette and adhering to policies

  • Leadership and motivation

  • Public speaking and self-confidence

  • Problem solving and research

You’ll also be part of a dynamic peer network comprised of reps from across every University department.


How can I become an Academic Rep?

YUSU is currently recruiting for a Health Sciences UG Department Rep.

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.

If you are interested please contact engagement@yusu.org.

Department Rep Applications Open 5th March


What is it really like?

  • "When I first signed up to be a course rep, I didn't really believe that I could make a difference and I couldn't have been more wrong. Students often complained that the course didn't often enough practical skills training. So instead of accepting the situation, we reps set up a weekly practical workshop that anyone could join and arranged for experts to come in give talks." - Archaeology Course Rep

  • "Being a Course Rep can be challenging, but once you start to make changes, you realise just how much is possible and quickly become committed to improving the student experience. It is a very rewarding role, and personally, it inspired me to become Department Rep so that I could achieve even more for the students of Economics." - Economics Course Rep

  • “My experience as a rep has been fun, challenging and rewarding. I have helped improve student experiences by improving assessment feedback and getting the department to offer extra tutoring for the more difficult modules.” - Environment Department Rep

  • "Being a course rep has been my absolute favourite part of coming to uni. I’ve gotten to know so many people that I wouldn’t have otherwise, and hearing from people that you’ve made a difference to their studies is so lovely. I really can’t recommend it enough." - Electronic Engineering Course Rep

  • “It’s been eye-opening, listening to other department’s experiences, it’s amazing how different each separate area of the University is run. I think it’s vital that departments are sharing ideas and problems to gain information, ideas and advice from other reps” - Management Department Rep

  • “Being a rep has been a really rewarding experience. It’s sometimes difficult as you can’t please everyone. Learning to communicate with the cohort, explaining why and how decisions are made and assessing what is important to the cohort has improved the relationship between the cohort and reps. If what we do as reps can help even just one person in the cohort, it’s been worth the effort!” - Maths Department Rep

  • "Being Course Rep allowed me to understand how complex running University programmes is, and it gave me the opportunity to contribute directly to that process!" - PEP Course Rep