Do you want to affect positive change on campus? Improve the quality of education and student experience at London South Bank? Be part of a community that involves more than 800+ students on campus? Develop real-world experience and skills that will interest employers when you graduate?

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If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions then you may want to participate in our fantastic Course Rep programme that runs alongside your studies, and gives you the 'skills, knowledge, confidence, opportunities and network' to facilitate real change, that benefits you and your peers.

What is a Course Rep?

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A Course Representative (Course Rep for short) works alongside the Students' Union and a Course Team to help improve the academic student experience on that Rep's course. Their aim is to make sure the 'student voice' is heard and considered in the decision-making processes of the University. Course Reps exist to both represent student views and progress them, with the support of the Students' Union, to ensure a vital feedback loop exists within each of the university's courses. 

What do Course Reps do for students?

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The primary role of Course Reps is to collect and communicate the academic-related views of their coursemates to the Students' Union and University so that students have the best experience possible. Through Course Reps and the VP Education, every student can have their views raised at the most senior levels of the University. 

Course Reps are responsible for

  • Representing the views of their coursemates

  • Ensuring that feedback from their coursemates is taken to the appropriate meetings

  • Representing their peers on various University committees

  • Address student issues by pointing them to the correct departments


Benefits to becoming a Course Rep

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Being a Course Rep doesn't mean you just give up your time without getting anything in return, taking on this responsibility can be highly rewarding in a number of ways, and Course Reps often tell us that they enjoy the following benefits:

  • Being the Difference

You will be the vital link that joins together the University, the Students’ Union and the students. You will be actively involved in academic decision making and in turn, involved in the improvement in quality and standards within the University.

  • Being more Employable

A degree is nice, but in today’s world, it is important to prove that you are more than just a qualification. A successful Course Rep is committed, communicative, organised and able to take on multiple responsibilities effectively. Having such extra-curricular achievements on your CV and HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report) is very attractive to prospective employers.

  • Being more Skilful

You will also have the opportunity to develop other transferable skills including; teamwork, problem solving, negotiation and diplomacy. These are skills that will serve you well in all
areas of life, regardless of where you go and what you do.

  • Being Accredited

At the end of the year, you will have attended a series of meetings, handled a number of issues, completed some reports and made a difference. To thank you for your work, we
present you with a Course Rep certificate to recognise your impact. If you have also fulfilled the criteria for the Course Rep Accreditation scheme you will also receive this.

  • Being Connected

As a Course Rep, you will be known (at least) by all the students and lecturers on your course. You also have the opportunity to reach out to students on different years of your course, which not only helps to identify issues but can give you a head start and better preparation for when you progress to the next year. People will trust and have confidence in you, and are very likely to help you out if needs be. You will also have the opportunity to meet important people within the University, and generally be much more confident and comfortable in social situations in University and in life.

 How to Become a Course Rep

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Course Reps are elected at the beginning of each academic year. Anyone can nominate themselves to represent the students on their course. Your Course Director will normally carry out an in-class election of the Reps within the first few weeks of the Semester when the course starts, usually in October. 

If there are any problems with your course's Course Rep Election or to find out more information contact VP Education, Patricia Godwin.


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