Course Reps

The student rep system is a partnership between the university and the students’ union. It enables students to have a voice within the university. Student Reps play a vital role in representing students and enhancing the university experience at Sheffield Hallam. Being a Student Rep is a professional role which can help students to develop new skills, whilst making a difference.

Course Reps represent the student voice by raising issues with staff, making suggestions for improvements and help make positive changes in their course.

Course Rep Responsibilities

  • Gather positive and negative feedback from students on their course.
  • Communicate what students think to University staff.
  • Participate in relevant meetings, discussions and decision-making processes.
  • Report back to fellow students about staff responses/changes made.
  • Keep the Students’ Union and Department Reps up to date on their progress.

Both the Students’ Union and University provide support to Course Reps.

The Students’ Union’s responsibilities are to…

  • Provide initial training to help Reps get the most out of their role.
  • Provide additional training opportunities to help Reps develop.
  • Provide resources to support Course Reps including the Course Rep Handbook
  • and online Rep Resources Hub.
  • Be on hand to support Reps throughout their time in the role.
  • Report Rep feedback to the Education Officer to ensure further action
  • is taken if needed.

The University’s responsibilities are to…

  • Provide information about meetings, dates, times and venues well in advance.
  • Provide documentation when relevant, such as agenda and minutes for meetings.
  • Direct Reps to the right member of staff to help tackle their issue.
  • Take Rep feedback seriously.

The Course Rep’s role is to…

Work in partnership with university staff to enhance the student learning experience.

  • Participate in decision-making about the student experience.
  • Represent the views of students on their course.
  • Be a link between students and the university, and between students and the students’ union.

To do this, Course Reps are expected to…

  • Participate in Student Rep training offered to them by the Students’ Union and / or University.
  • Gather feedback from the students on their course. This should include what is going well, as well as any problems and suggestions for improvement.
  • Communicate feedback to course staff.
  • Participate in relevant meetings, discussions and decision-making processes.
  • Report back to fellow students on responses to feedback and any changes made.
  • Feed back issues to faculty reps and to the students’ union.
  • Feed back at a faculty and university level wherever possible.

A copy of the Course Rep Handbook is available on the Students’ Union website.

Course Rep recruitment information is also available on the students’ Union website.