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UAL Student Reps

One of the key ways in which you can give us your feedback is through your Student Representative or you could become a Student Rep yourself.

What is a Student Representative?

There are different types of student representatives who work with the University to improve your experience. This includes at least one Course Representative (Rep) for every course at the University.

Course Reps

Your Course Representatives are elected each year by students on your course. At the start of each year (usually in weeks 2-4), your Course Team will ask for nominations and this is your chance to put your name forward. There may be one rep on a small course, or a rep for each year or pathway on a larger course.

Course Reps work closely with the course team to make sure that your views are heard, and they also attend regular course and programme committee meetings where they represent the views of you and your fellow students.

Student Reps

There are also student representatives on each of your College's main academic committees and Students' Union reps on all of the main University committees. Student reps are a powerful voice, representing views of students when key decisions are made. They help to make positive changes to your student experience.

Elections are also held for Student Reps to sit on each School’s Board of Studies and each College’s Academic Committee. These reps are elected from those present at the first Student and Dean Forum each year. You can find out when yours is from the Students’ Union.


The Students’ Union runs a training programme for all elected reps. The training includes discussion about your role, and ideas about how to prepare agenda items and participate effectively in meetings. It also covers some of the problems that you might encounter as a Student Rep, and how to deal with them. It aims to encourage students to make use of their position with maximum personal gain and satisfaction. The training for Student Reps normally lasts for a morning or an afternoon (less or more can be arranged if preferred).

Find out more about the role of students on committees

For more information about becoming a Student Rep, visit the Students' Union website