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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do Student Reps do?
A: Student Reps (Course Reps and Doctoral Researcher Reps) gather positive and negative feedback, about the Academic Experience here at Brunel, from the students on their Course or in the Department. They then communicate that back to the University, and the Student's Union, often with recommendations for change.


Q: What meetings do Student Reps attend?

Course Reps represent their cohort at their Department's Student Experience Committee (SEC) meetings (twice a year) and Board of Studies (BOS) meetings (around 3 times a year). SEC meetings are an opportunity for Reps to reflect and give feedback on their cohort's experience of studying at Brunel so academics can work to make it better. BOS meetings focus on issues more specific to a course of studies. 


Doctoral Researcher Reps represent the Doctoral Researchers in their Department at their College's Doctoral Researcher SEC meetings. While similar to the SEC meetings undergraduate reps attend in structure, they take place a few more times a year. 


Q: When are Student Rep roles elected?
A: Level Fours's and PGT's are elected in the Autumn (September/October) and Level Six's are elected in the Spring (March/April). These elections take place within lectures and are facilitated by a representative from the Student's Union. 

We also run all posts that are vacant because no students ran for them in previous elections.


Elections for Doctoral Researcher Reps take place intermittently, as and when posts become vacant: when a Doctoral Researcher Rep has been in post for a full 2 year term, or leaves the University.


Q: What training is available?
A: We run a Student Rep Induction Training session for all Student Reps which covers the base level information you need to know to be a Student Rep. We also run a variety of skills and knowledge sessions throughout the year on topics from Presentation Skills to Email Etiquette. 


Q: Does being a Student Rep go on your HEAR?
A: Yes, on condition the Student Rep has completed both our mandatory induction training and online Equality and Diversity Training. Meeting these criteria, your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Record) will be updated through E-Vision every year and when you graduate, you'll be able to use the nationally accredited document to show your time as a Student Rep.


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