Course Reps are the frontline representatives of students on their courses – in fact, all courses that the University runs! Course Reps meet with teaching staff to tell them how students feel about their course. In short, they’re there to make sure the course is good.
This page is accurate for students on courses accredited by the University of South Wales (formerly Glamorgan). It has not yet been updated to include advice for students whose courses are accredited by the University of Wales (i.e. courses based in Newport).
Their role is to enhance the current and future delivery of any scheme or course which they represent.
Are you interested in becoming a Course Rep? Visit our Course Rep registration area
Watch the walk-through guide to learn how to use the Course Rep self registration facility:
Course Reps, who cares?
The University is on a journey toward an effective student representation system. The University together with the Students’ Union are working hard to ensure the system develops and improves. Course Reps are a crucial part in the quality process, and are central to making improvements in the student experience.
What do Course Reps do?
Course Reps might attend meetings with University staff to let staff know students’ views, or they might raise an issue informally with a member of the teaching staff or support staff. Course Reps will also work with their Faculty Student Voice Reps if a matter needs taking forward on behalf of a number of students, or is a matter that is ‘generic’, and not related to just a single course.
Course Reps’ role:
- Liaise with the Students’ Union and Student Voice Reps
- Identify themselves to students as their Course Rep
- Gather student feedback
- Keep fellow students informed of what staff have said,
- Are accountable to the students who elected them
- Support other Course Reps on course related issues
- Campaign effectively on relevant issues
- Provide a link between staff, students and Student Voice Reps.
Course Reps usually find themselves doing some of the following: working in partnership with other Course Reps on issues of joint concern; campaigning on issues raised by their peers; and referring individual students who need support/advice to the appropriate services.
Do Course Reps get training?
Yes. The Students’ Union organises training in conjunction with the University, Student Services, and NUS Wales. Throughout the academic year the Union, in collaboration with the University, runs various bitesize training sessions – these might be Plagiarism Awareness, Emotional Intelligence, Persuading and Influencing People, and more!
Do Course Reps get support?
Yes. The Students’ Union offers full support to Course Reps and there is a Project Officer in the University’s Directorate Office who works closely with the Union on organising both Course Reps and Student Voice Reps.
Why should I be a Course Rep?
The opportunities and benefits of being a Course Rep are endless, but here’s just a few!
- Making positive changes on your course
- Helping your peers with course related problems
- Developing skills you can transfer to other areas
- It strengthens your CV!
- It’s a useful experience to take forward to becoming a Student Voice Rep
- You can increase your understanding of the University
- You’ll meet new people
- The experience of the role will enhance your career prospects
- You’ll receive certification from the Students’ Union
- It’s great fun to get stuck into something where you can make a difference
- It’s a satisfying and rewarding role helping others
- You can receive 5 academic credits for being a Course Rep
If you’ve read the role explanation and decided that you would like to become your cohorts Course Rep, following discussions with your tutor and fellow students, you will be able to register on-line within the; ‘Your Account’ > ‘Academic Details’ > Course Representatives registration area in Glamlife.
You will then be included in the Course Rep e-mail list, and will receive all updates regarding Course Rep information.
Additional departmental representation
The Care Sciences Department in the Faculty of Health Sport and Science operates an additional representation mechanism in the form of a Student Council. To find out more, see this news story looking for Care Sciences Student Council Reps and visit their Care Sciences Student Council on Facebook.
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