What does a rep do?
Reps do attend meetings regularly, but it is not all they do. For the most part, as a Rep you will have a few meetings each term. Outside the meetings is when a lot of the Reps’ work is done by finding out what students on your course or department think about their education, collecting feedback (both positive and constructive!) and staying in touch with other reps and the Union. You’re also free (and encouraged) to start campaigns!
Overall, Reps get to talk with people a lot, in meetings and on campus, but you do get to read meeting documents as well.
There are two types of Reps:
Course Reps are your first point of contact as a student, for bringing your views forward locally, with the staff on your course, programme or division. Each course has its own Course Rep(s), elected by the course.Course reps attend Student Experience Committee and Boards of Study around three times during the academic year.
Department Reps work together with Course Reps and the Union to make sure the voice of the students in each department is heard in wider discussions concerning the whole department or College. Each department has four Department Reps: one for each Undergraduate level and one Postgraduate Taught Rep, all elected solely by the students in that department. All Department Reps are required to sit on Department Management Boards, you will also be requested to take seats on other committees where we need a number of departmental representatives, such as; College Education Committee and Student Assembly.
Student Rep Awards
As part of being a student rep you will be able to work towards achiving a Bronze, Silver or Gold Student Rep award.
These awards are based on your activity as a Student Rep, and each level has a set criteria based on the meetings and training you have attended, along with the hours you have dedicated to your role.
We also have a "prize pool" whereby Reps are reguarly rewarded throughout the year. Certain activities earn Reps entries to the prize pool which increases your odds of having your name pulled out as a winner.
Why do it?
Becoming a rep is worthwhile because you:
- Are the vital link between students and staff, which makes you the driver behind changes that improve the experience at Brunel for you and your peers.
- Become part of a team with other reps within the Union.
- Gain and develop skills through your role AND through free training offered to you as a Rep
- Are rewarded for being a rep with events, awards, certificates and more. Being a rep is even part of your HEAR!
Once elected you will need to book a place on one of our rep training sessions: