What is a Rep?

Created by Hannah Manby, Modified on Thu, 16 Nov 2023 at 01:16 PM by Hannah Manby

A Rep is a student elected to represent the interests and concerns of their fellow students within their course, department and larger university body. They aim to continually improve the student experience.

Reps are part of the Rep system which is a partnership between the Student's Union and Swansea University. This allows the rep system to ensure that you have support from all the relevant parties. 

Essentially at Swansea we have a student body of over 20,000 students who provide feedback to their subject reps through things like social media, lectures and drop-in sessions. There are over 350 subject reps at the height of the year to cover all the courses in the university, they collect feedback from the students and feed it back to the University through the Boards of Study meetings and Student-Staff Forums. Subject Reps also feedback to School Reps. Each School has two or three School Rep's and they have more responsibility than Subject Reps, going through an application and interview process before being put in post. They attend higher level University meetings like Faculty Learning & Teaching Meetings, University Committees and the SU's Education Executive Committee where issues are taken directly to the Education Officer and the rest of the SU to take forward. Finally, the Education Officer collects all of the feedback gathered from students, through Subject Reps, then School Reps, to the Highest University Meetings in order to make positive changes to the student experience. 

General Responsibilities: 

Reps are expected to listen to their course mates concerns and queries, then elevate them accordingly to either your: (School Rep, School Engagement Partner, Faculty Student Experience and Engagement Officer and Student Staff Forums). 

At meetings Reps are expected to raise feedback in an appropriate manner. Reps are expected to attend their subjects Boards of Study (BoS) and your Schools Student Staff Forum (SSFs), these occur on a termly basis. Reps are also expected to attend ad-hoc meetings with staff when necessary and get involved in SU events including Student Forums and the Annual General Meeting (AGM). 

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