IoE Early Starter Rep

As some postgraduate courses at the Institute of Education start before Fresher’s Week, we have created their own Course Rep elections. The courses this election applies to are: School Direct (Primary and Secondary) and all PGCE programmes. For all other courses and information on the Postgraduate Senior Rep role, visit the Rep Elections page.

Postgraduate Course Reps represent postgraduate students’ views within their course on matters concerning teaching and learning as well as the wider student experience, gathering feedback from their peers, highlighting positive parts of the course and areas for improvement. They work in partnership with both students and academic staff to create changes that benefit postgraduate students.

Becoming a Postgraduate Course Rep is a great, low time commitment way to meet people, develop new skills and to make a real difference during your time here at Reading!

What's involved?

  • Liaise with students, gain feedback and represent the student voice
  • Work alongside other Course Reps, the PG Senior Rep and RUSU Education Officer
  • Work with University staff to create positive changes to your course
  • Attend termly Student Staff Partnership Group meetings with departmental staff
  • Attend Course Rep Consultations chaired by your Senior Rep

What's in it for me?

  • Work with and on behalf of students on your Course
  • Receive extensive training and develop your transferable skills
  • Network and build relationships within the University & the Students’ Union
  • Gain excellent career – boosting experience to enhance your CV
  • Add the role to your degree transcript and the volunteering and training hours contribute to your RED Award.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this role you must be a current full-time or part-time student studying at Postgraduate level. To run for the role of Postgraduate Course Rep, you must be enrolled on the correct year and course you wish to represent. If you have any issues applying, please contact

Running to be a Postgraduate Course Rep doesn’t make you ineligible to nominate yourself for the other Postgraduate positions available, you can still apply to be a PG Senior Rep, Student Voice member, NUS Delegate or PGT Part-time Officer in the Rep Elections.

IOE Early Starter elections timeline - Autumn 2021

Nominations open Tuesday 31st August

Log in to the RUSU website, using your university username and password, to nominate yourself for any of the following roles:

  • IoE Course Reps
  • IoE Senior Rep
Submit your Manifesto and photo Monday 13th September

Candidates for IoE Course Reps and Senior Reps can choose to submit a 250-word limit manifesto/photo online although it is not compulsory.

Nominations close Monday 13th September

Candidates MUST complete their nomination online by this deadline.

Voting opens Wednesday 15th September

Log in to the RUSU website to vote online.

Voting closes Friday 17th September

Log in to the RUSU website to vote online.

Complaints Friday 17th September
Complaints should be made to Chief Executive, Deputy Returning Officer (ask at RUSU Reception)
Count Friday 17th September
15:30pm – 17:00
Election results are counted.
Results Monday 20th September Election results will be published here