Undergraduate Course Rep Elections

Undergraduate Course Reps represent undergraduate students' views on academic issues on every course. Undergraduate Course Reps act as the link between students and the academic staff; ensuring the student voice is being heard and positive changes are being made throughout every school.

Becoming an Undergraduate 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 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 with the School Rep and Academic Rep Coordinator

What’s in it for me?

  • Work with and on the 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
  • Volunteering hours count towards 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 Undergraduate level. To run for the role of Undergraduate Course Rep, you must be enrolled on the correct year and course you wish to represent.

If you are a Joint-honours students, you can run to be Course Rep on either or both courses. In some cases there may be a specific Joint-honours Course Rep role.

FAQ

Yes! If you are a joint honours student you can run to be a Course Rep on either and/or both of your course subjects. In some cases there may be a specific joint honours Course Rep role. If you think you should be eligible for a role but cannot nominate yourself, please email elections@rusu.co.uk.

A manifesto is a term used to describe a short statement which tells people more about a candidate and what they want to achieve whilst holding an elected position. It tells students why they should vote for the candidate. It outlines aims and ideas and is an opportunity for candidates to tell students why they are the best person for the role.

Check out our guide to writing a manifesto for more information.

Course Reps must complete introductory training at the start of their role; this will involve completing an online training module and attending a training event held in the Students’ Union building.

Course Reps will be expected to attend the Staff Student Liaison Committee (SSLC) which is a meeting that takes place once per term and lasts around 1- 1.5 hours.

As a Course Rep, you will put time aside to speak to students on your course to find gain feedback on teaching and learning matters and on support services which directly support the student learning experience. This is largely done by talking to students on your course in your day to day academic life.

In addition, the amount of time a Course Rep will have to commit to their role varies according to any extra training, events or campaigns they want to get involved in.

Training

All elected Course Reps are invited to this year’s Annual Course Rep Conference taking place on two dates this year:

  • Saturday 27th October 10-3pm (Registration in Monterey Lounge)
  • Saturday 3rd November 10-3pm (Registration in Monterey Lounge)

This Essential Training day is designed for Course Reps to gain all the knowledge and information they need to know to carry out their representative roles over the year and to network with fellow representatives on courses across the whole University. Run by RUSU in partnership with University of Reading staff, there are a choice of workshops on offer for Reps to attend including; Policy 101; Communications & Impact; Campaigns and Community; Essential UG/PG training. This year we have two keynote speakers TBC and a buffet lunch for all including Academic Rep goodie bags which you won’t want to miss out on.