How do I become a Course Rep?

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Becoming a Course Rep

To become a Course Rep, you need to be elected by the students on your course during an online election run by the Students' Union.

Course Reps in Humanities and Social Sciences and Science and Engineering are elected for the duration of their course, and go on to become Senior Reps and School Reps in subsequent years.

Medical and Dental Course Reps are elected on an annual basis.

We recognise that effective Course Reps are trained and not born, therefore full training is provided.

A full Role Description is available here


What's in it for me?

Making a Difference
This is your chance to make a real difference to yours and your fellow students’ lives and experience at QMUL.

Developing Networks
Being a Course Rep is a great opportunity to meet the staff and students in your School or Department and also students from across the University at Course Rep social events. Each year we send a number of representatives to the NUS Course Rep Conference.

Gaining New Skills
As a Course Rep you will develop and learn transferable skills that will help improve your employability.

Reward and Recognition
All Course Reps receive recognition and will be invited to take part in an awards ceremony at the end of the year where they will receive a certificate for their hard work.


What skills will I gain from being a Course Rep?

Being a Course Rep is all about making a difference to students’ lives, but it will also allow you to develop a range of skills that will make you more employable. Better still, it will show you to be the sort of person willing to go the extra mile to support others.

Some of the skills you’ll have the chance to develop during your time as a Course Rep include:

  • Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Self-management (Personal Effectiveness)
  • Problem Solving
  • Presentation
  • Negotiation
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership, and more

We run training sessions on all of the above and these count towards the QMSkills Award.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is expected from me if I am elected as a Course Rep?
The Course Rep role is what you make of it, but there is a minimum time commitment we expect that you should be willing and able to fulfil when you put yourself forward for election. The role is likely to take a couple of hours of work per week, covering the following:

  • Representing the views of students at departmental committee meetings, which are between once per semester and once per month
  • Seeking the opinion of all the students on your course by holding meetings, using social media and designing surveys
  • Giving information to students through a variety of methods
  • Preparing for meetings and following up actions after meetings
  • Attending Students’ Union Faculty Forums together with the other Reps from your School or Department
  • Attending training sessions, including the introductory 'How to be an Effective Course Representative' session

Full training and support is provided throughout the year - see the Course Rep Training web page for the latest information.

How do I nominate myself?
By completing a nomination form during the relevant nomination period - see the Course Rep Elections web page for the latest information.

What positions are available?
Undergraduate: Every year of your course will be represented by at least one Course Rep. Smaller courses may share a Rep between them; larger courses such as Medicine have more than one Rep per year of study.

Postgraduate Taught: Larger courses will have at least one Course Rep. Smaller courses may be grouped by subject area, and these Reps will represent several PGT courses.

Postgraduate Research: Most departments have one PGR Rep per subject/research group. A minority of these are elected through QMSU, with many departments running their own procedures. If your department is not listed, contact your department to find out more about student representation at PGR level.

I’m a joint honours student – what position am I eligible to stand for?
Larger joint honours courses have a dedicated Course Rep. An example of this type of joint honours Course Rep would be for History and Politics, who only represents this degree but may attend both departments’ committees. If you are on a course with a dedicated Rep, you will only be eligible to stand for this position.

Other departments with smaller joint honours courses may have one Course Rep for a group of courses. Examples of this type of Rep would include the joint honours Rep in Economics and Finance, who represents all joint honours students in the School, and the Reps in SLLF who represent all students studying their subject modules (e.g. French, Linguistics).

If you are on a really small course, there may not be specific joint honours provision. In this case, you would be eligible to stand to be the single honours Course Rep in your department. For example, Computer Science with Multimedia students could stand to be the Computer Science Rep.

If you have any questions or aren't sure which position you can stand for, contact Igor Gavran at the Students’ Union i.gavran@qmul.ac.uk.


Course Rep Role Descriptions

To view the descriptions, please click here to download the PDF.