IoE Early Starter Rep

Voting for the IoE elections is now closed

Your Institute of Education reps

PGCE Primary with Early Years (3-7) JENNY COOMBER
PGCE Primary with Mathematics Specialism ALICE JONES
PGCE Primary with Special Educational Needs TBC
School Direct Primary LAURA PITCHER
Secondary ITT Programme D&T CHARLES SAUMAREZ
Secondary ITT Programme: Art & Design GIOVANNA CORREA THEME
Secondary ITT Programme: Computer Science TBC
Secondary ITT Programme: Drama NATHAN GOMEZ
Secondary ITT Programme: English CHARLOTTE CHILD
Secondary ITT Programme: Geography MATTHEW MAULT
Secondary ITT Programme: History TBC
Secondary ITT Programme: Maths BEN PARTRIDGE
Secondary ITT Programme: Modern Foreign Languages CELESTE ROBILLAIRD
Secondary ITT Programme: Music TBC
Secondary ITT Programme: PE CLAIR PHILLIPS
Secondary ITT Programme: RE TBC
Secondary ITT Programme: Science CATHERINE BOULTER

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 School Rep role, visit the Postgraduate 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. They work in partnership with both students and academic staff and work together to create changes that benefit postgraduate students.

Over 200 Postgraduate Course Rep positions are available each Autumn to represent student views at University meetings. Postgraduate Course Reps gather student feedback highlighting any positives or negatives relating to their course and bring it to the attention of university staff. Working in partnership with the University, Reps create positive change within their course to benefit both current and future students.

Becoming a Postgraduate Course Rep is a great 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 School Rep and RUSU Education Officer
  • Work with University staff to create positive changes to your course
  • Attend termly Student Staff Liaison Committee meetings with departmental staff
  • Attend Course Rep Consultations ran by your School Rep and the Academic Rep Coordinator

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 School Rep, Student Voice member or PGT Part-time Officer.

IOE Early Starter elections timeline - Autumn 2019

Nominations open Sunday 1st September

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 School Reps
Submit your Manifesto and photo Friday 27th September

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

Nominations close Friday 27th September

Candidates MUST complete their nomination online by this deadline.

Candidates announce they are running in the elections Friday 27th September

Candidates are encouraged to announce they have nominated themselves at this point.

Voting opens Tuesday 1st October

Log in to the RUSU website to vote online.

Voting closes Friday 4th October

Log in to the RUSU website to vote online.

Complaints Friday 4th October
Complaints should be made to Chief Executive, Deputy Returning Officer (ask at RUSU Reception)
Count Friday 4th October
15:30pm – 17:00
Election results are counted.
Results Monday 7th October Election results will be published here
Winner’s Event Wednesday 23rd October
18:00 - 20:00
Week 4
All winners are invited to come along to our Winner’s Event in Monterey Lounge, RUSU Building.
Training Sessions held between 29th October & 8th November
Weeks 5 – 7

All IOE Course and School Reps invited to sign up to attend an Induction Training Session.