IoE Early Starter Rep

For a list of elected IoE Early Starter Course Reps, please download the IoE Early Starter Reps 2020/21 spreadsheet.

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 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 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 ran by your Senior 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 Senior Rep, Student Voice member or PGT Part-time Officer.

IOE Early Starter elections timeline - Autumn 2020

Nominations open Tuesday 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 Senior Reps
Submit your Manifesto and photo Monday 14th 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 for these candidates.

Nominations close Monday 14th September

Candidates MUST complete their nomination online by this deadline.

Candidates announce they are running in the elections Monday 14th September

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

Voting opens Wednesday 16st September

Log in to the RUSU website to vote online.

Voting closes Friday 18th September

Log in to the RUSU website to vote online.

Complaints Friday 18th September
Complaints should be made to Chief Executive, Deputy Returning Officer (ask at RUSU Reception)
Count Friday 18th September
15:30pm – 17:00
Election results are counted.
Results Monday 21st September Election results will be published here