Become a Rep

Becoming an Academic Rep could just be the best thing you decide to do whilst at University! They are not only roles where you can influence change and help, but you'll also gain some invaluable skills for the future.


You might start as a Course Rep, hone your skills, and then run to become a School Rep or even a College Officer. 

Responsibilities and the Skills You Will Build

Each role comes with different responsibilities, which are listed in the drop-downs below. No matter which role you take on, you will be gaining invaluable skills that you can add to your CV and that will benefit you hugely in the graduate job market. These include:

  • Communication: Listening to students and feeding their views back to staff members. Communicating feedback and solutions in a helpful and constructive way, adapting your communication style.
  • Problem Solving: By thinking of innovative ways to gather feedback from students. Working on providing solutions with staff members, to help to make changes and shape your academic experience.
  • Teamwork: Working alongside fellow Reps, students, and staff members at the University and the Students’ Union. Ensuring all views are heard and represented fairly.

Click the buttons below to expand the description for each Rep or Officer.

Course Rep

  • Represents the views of students on their course on academic and non-academic issues
  • Works with staff in their school to address feedback from those on their course
  • Attends and actively takes part in Subject Committee meetings to represent views of their course mates to course and School Staff, on all areas of teaching and learning
  • Attends and actively participates in Rep Forums to represent views of students to the SU and give feedback on national issues
  • Provides constructive recommendations for improvements across the University to School staff and their School Rep
  • Keeps students informed of opportunities within the SU and their School

Postgraduate Rep

  • Represents the views of students on their course/group on academic and non-academic issues
  • Works with staff in their school to address feedback from those on their course/group
  • Attends and actively takes part in Subject Committee meetings to represent views of their course mates to course and School Staff, on all areas of teaching and learning
  • Attends and actively participates in PG Forums to represent views of students to the SU and give feedback on national issues
  • Provides constructive recommendations for improvements across the University to School staff and their PG Officer
  • Keeps students informed of opportunities within the SU and their School

School Rep

  • Is a point of contact for all Course Reps and PG Reps in their School if they have a question or feedback and they do not know where to go
  • Represents the views of students in their school at University Committee Meetings
  • Attends and actively participates in (and where appropriate co-chairs) Subject Committee Meetings
  • Meets with and stays in regular contact with the VP Education
  • Attends and actively participates in Rep Forums, including leading a session when requested to by the VP Education
  • Provides constructive recommendations for improvements across the University to School staff and the Vice President Education
  • Keeps students informed of opportunities within the SU and their School
  • Writes a brief monthly report to the Student Union Executive detailing things they have done and achieved

College Officer

  • Works with School Reps in their College to identify trends in feedback and good practice
  • Shares good practice with School Reps in their College and other College Officers
  • Identifies areas for improvement that are apparent across their College and runs campaigns with the Vice President Education to create positive change
  • Represents the views of students in their College at University Committee Meetings
  • Meets with and stays in regular contact with the VP Education
  • Attends and actively participates in Rep Forums, including leading a session when requested to by the VP Education
  • Provides constructive recommendations for improvements across the University to College staff and the Vice President Education
  • Keeps students informed of opportunities within the SU and their School
  • Writes a brief monthly report to the Student Union Executive detailing things they have done and achieved

PGT Officer

  • Works with PG (Taught) Reps across the institution to identify trends in feedback and good practice
  • Shares good practice with other PG (Taught) Reps and the Vice President Education
  • Identifies areas for improvement that are apparent across the institution for PGT students and runs campaigns with the Vice President Education to create positive change
  • Represents the views of Postgraduate Taught students at University Committee Meetings
  • Meets with and stays in regular contact with the VP Education
  • Attends and actively participates in PG Forums, including leading a session when requested to by the VP Education
  • Provides constructive recommendations for improvements to the Postgraduate student experience across the University to the Vice President Education
  • Keeps students informed of opportunities within the SU and their School
  • Writes a brief monthly report to the Student Union Executive detailing things they have done and achieved

PGR Officer

  • Works with PG (Research) Reps across the institution to identify trends in feedback and good practice
  • Shares good practice with other PG (Research) Reps and the Vice President Education
  • Identifies areas for improvement that are apparent across the institution for PGR students and runs campaigns with the Vice President Education to create positive change
  • Represents the views of Postgraduate Research students at University Committee Meetings
  • Meets with and stays in regular contact with the VP Education
  • Attends and actively participates in PG Forums, including leading a session when requested to by the VP Education
  • Provides constructive recommendations for improvements to the Postgraduate student experience across the University to the Vice President Education and Doctoral School
  • Keeps students informed of opportunities within the SU and their School
  • Writes a brief monthly report to the Student Union Executive detailing things they have done and achieved

How to Become a Rep

School Reps and College Officers are elected in the spring of each year, during the main Students’ Union elections for the following academic year. You will be asked to nominate yourself and then other students in your college/school will be able to vote for who they want to represent them.  

Course Rep elections are held in March and October each year. March Elections are for those who will be returning in the next academic year. October elections are for first years, postgraduates, and any remaining Course Rep positions that need to be filled. 

If you are interested in becoming a Rep, please email [email protected]

When an election is ongoing, you able to nominate yourself at www.lincolnsu.com/elections.

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