Why volunteer?

Alongside developing and improving the learning experience for students you will also gain valuable skills and experience with the responsibilities you are given, training you receive and what you learn on the job with support from the YUSU Student Voice team. You will be joining a dynamic peer network comprised of over 450 Reps from across the University.

  • Communication and negotiaion

  • Time management and organisation

  • Teamwork and delegation

  • Meeting etiquette and policy awareness

 
  • Leadership and motivation

  • Networking and cooperation

  • Problem solving and research

  • Self-confidence and public speaking
     

Academic Reps can achieve a whole range of things in their role, have a look at some of their recent wins here.


 

Department Rep Applications

All Academic Reps play a major role in developing a better university for students. As a Department Rep you take on leadership responsibilities as you work with your team of Course Reps to make positive changes to your department as a whole. Department Reps are an invaluable key contact for both departments and YUSU allowing you to give students an even louder voice. 

Please note - we are now only accepting applications for Education, PEP and Sociology. To apply please complete our online application form or stop by the YUSU Helpdesk to collect a printed copy.

 

Responsibilities
 

 

Commitments
 

  • Championing Academic Representation by actively seeking out feedback and engaging with both students and Course Reps.
  • Supporting Course Reps in representing the views and interests of all students within your department, both formally and informally, using all available channels.
  • Speaking on behalf of students at meetings in your department, across the University and through using YUSU’s Student Voice structures.
  • Inform students on the outcomes of meetings, whether this is a positive or negative.
  • Regularly updating the Student Voice Team at YUSU on your achievements, impact and experiences.
  • Working as part of the YUSU Academic Leadership Team (ALT) to run university-wide campaigns and improve academic policies for all students.
 
  • The role requires on average around 5 hours per week during term time.
  • Attending departmental meetings such as Board of Studies and Student-Staff Forums.
  • Attending fortnightly ALT meetings along with the Academic Officer and Faculty Reps.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend other meetings and get involved with a number of projects.
     

Required Experience

No student representation experience is required, as long as there is a desire to get involved and passion to improve the academic experience in your department.

Being approachable and a good listener as well as having the ability communicate with respect, tact and without bias is often advantageous.


How do I get involved with other roles?

 

Course Reps help to improve the academic experience for students in their cohort. By gathering student opinion, they become specialists in course-based issues and help identify and tackle problems as they arise.

If you aren't sure who your Course Rep is, you can find them here. Elections will open Week 1 of Autumn Term, if you want to stay up to date please register here.

 

Faculty Reps work behind the scenes, sitting on some of the highest-level committees to shape and influence University-wide decisions. By championing student feedback they make positive changes for all students. Elections for Faculty Reps run alongside the main YUSU Elections in Spring Term each year.


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

  • "It's a lot of work and can be really infuriating at times but nothing is better then when you manage to get that win and you are overcome with joy. I don't regret it one bit" - Sciences Faculty Rep