Rep Elections

The start of term means the start of Rep Elections! There are hundreds of roles available in this election, meaning there’s an opportunity for everyone to develop key skills and make significant changes during your time at Reading.

Course and Senior Reps represent student views on academic issues affecting you and your peers. They act as the link between students and academic staff at either course or school level; ensuring that the student voice is being heard and positive changes are being made.

Thirteen Student Voice Members are elected to lead on steering the direction of RUSU by debating and amending policy and campaign ideas and holding the Full-time Officers to account on their actions.

NUS Conference Delegates represent UoR students at a national level. They discuss and debate issues that matter to students; sometimes submitting motions to change things for the better and ensuring the views of Reading students are heard loud and clear on a national scale through voting on policies, in elections and on reports.

The Postgraduate Taught Part-time Officer is elected every Autumn to sit alongside the other 10 PTOs representing minority and underrepresented groups on campus. They represent all PGT students and ensure that any issues are heard by both RUSU and the University.

If you want the opportunity to take an active role in your education and improve the student experience for students - get involved!

Course Reps

Course Reps represent 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 students.

Postgraduate Senior Reps

Postgraduate Senior Reps represent student views within their school on matters concerning teaching, learning and student experience. They act as the link between students and higher-level academic staff, working in partnership to ensure the student voice is being heard and positive changes are being made.

Postgraduate Taught Part-Time Officer

Postgraduate Taught students can put themselves forward as candidates for the Postgraduate Taught Part-time Officer position. The successful candidate would hold this position from October to the end of the following September.

You will have the opportunity to campaign on issues that affect you and your peers. You have access to resources and support in order to make position change on campus, within the Union and on a national level. You will work with other Union Reps and develop relationships with students and staff on campus.

Student Voice Members

At Student Voice meetings, 55 Student Voice Members debate ideas submitted by students through Change It, review progress on ideas and hold the Full-time Officers to account. 4 Undergraduate and 9 Postgraduate students are elected as part of these 55 students as representatives to make sure that all students' needs are represented.

NUS Conference Delegate

NUS Delegates attend the NUS National Conference which brings together delegates from Students’ Unions across the UK to discuss, debate and vote on motions. Reading’s Delegates represent all UoR students on a national level and ensure that any decisions discussed have the best possible outcome for their peers.

Rep elections timeline - Autumn 2021

Nominations open Monday 20th September
Week 0
Log in to the RUSU website, using your university username and password, to nominate yourself for any of the roles you're eligible for.
Submit your Manifesto and photo Friday 8th October
Week 2

It is advisable for candidates to submit a 250-word limit manifesto/photo online as part of their nomination although this is not compulsory for all these roles.

Nominations close Friday 8th October
Week 2

Candidates MUST complete their nomination online by this deadline.

Candidates announce they are running in the elections Friday 8th October
Week 2

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

Voting opens Tuesday 12th October
Week 3

Log in to the RUSU website to vote online.

Voting closes Friday 15th October
Week 3

Log in to the RUSU website to vote online.

Complaints Friday 15th October
Week 3
Complaints should be made to Chief Executive, Deputy Returning Officer (ask at RUSU Reception)
Count Friday 15th October
15:30pm – 17:00
Week 3
Election results are counted.
Results Monday 18th October
Week 4
Election results will be published here
Co-option of Reps Deadline Monday 1st November
Week 6
All Schools are asked to adhere to this deadline of co-opting Reps into their roles for the 2021/22 Academic Session
Training Induction Sessions Sessions held between 20th October
- 8th November
Week 4 - 7
All Reps invited to sign up to attend an Induction Training Session.


If you would like to find out more about the Course or Senior Rep roles, or the PGT Part-time Officer role, please contact your RUSU Education Officer at

If you would like to find out more about the Student Voice Member or NUS Delegate positions please contact your RUSU President at

Postgraduate course and school reps for Reading University Students' Union