What is the difference between a School Rep and Subject Rep?

Created by Hannah Manby, Modified on Wed, 07 Feb 2024 at 02:16 PM by Raliat Lawal

Subject Reps speak for students on their course, taking any feedback  whether it be positive or negative, to the schools departments to propose change. For more serious cases or cases relevant to a wider school body, the schools reps will provide assistance and may work alongside the education officer to find a solution.

With hundreds of courses of study, there are hundreds of subject reps. However for school reps there are 2 undergraduate and 1 postgraduate taught school reps per school. There are 11 schools in total across the 3 faculties.

Being a School rep involves a great level of commitment including attending the monthly Education Committee to present the most pressing issues with other school reps and the Students Union. They are also expected to co-chair their schools student staff forum (SSF) and attend other university meetings as necessary. As a thank you for their hard work they are eligible to receive a £300 cash bursary at the end of the academic year!

Key roles

Subject rep

As a subject rep you work closely with the Union and University to support key campaigns such as StudyAid and the Big Swansea Survey. 

School rep

As a school representative you work closely with subject reps to put forward student's ideas within their school. With support from the Union's Education Officer, the Student Voice Team, and key University staff you can really make a difference and ensure the student voice is represented. As a rep you will attend meetings with staff in their school, the Union, and even have attendance at University-level committees. School reps also provide support to the Union and University when running campaigns like StudyAid and the Big Swansea Survey.

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