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?

If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions then you may want to volunteer to become a Course Rep alongside your studies.

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What is a Course Rep?

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A Course Representative (Course Rep for short) works alongside the Students' Union and their Course Team to effectively represent the academic interests of the students on their course. Their aim is to make sure the 'student voice' is heard and considered in the decision-making processes of their Course and the wider University. The Students' Union assists Course Reps to both represent student views and make change happen.

What do Course Reps do for students?

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The primary role of Course Reps is to effectively represent the academic interests of their peers 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 Course Board meetings, Course Rep Forum and directly to the most senior levels of the University. 

Course Reps are responsible for

  • Effectively respresenting the academic inetrests of students

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

  • Raising issues and finding solutions for their course and wider University.

  • 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. We're also launching the new LSBSU Training Hub to make sure we offer you the very best training we can.

  • Being Accredited & Rewarded

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, as well as having all your volunteers hours being rewarded and HEAR accredited. If certifictaes and accrediation weren't enough, we're also introducing "Course Rep of the Month" to make sure we shout about those Reps who are working hard representing their students.

  • 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 (Week 0 - Week 3). 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. If they haven't mentioned it, ask them!

If you have any questions about Course Rep Elections or to find out more information, contact the VP Education here


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