Like other unions, one of our main functions is to represent the views and promote the interests of students at UWS. Student representatives are elected by their peers to represent them in meetings with staff and to campaign on their behalf. The union runs the elections and supports student reps in their role through training and other support.
A student representative is a student who has been elected by their peers to represent them and their views to the university. There are different types of reps that represent groups of their peers:
Course, divisional, and school reps have these main responsibilities:
You can find out who your reps are here: Find Your Rep
You can find more information on your sabbatical officers here: Sabbatical Officers
Your student reps can help get your views on your academic experience heard by UWS staff and keep you updated on how student issues are being solved in the university. You’re encouraged to take general academic problems to your rep, but they cannot help with one-off or emergency problems.
For issues like that, get in touch with our advice team. If you need help with difficult essays, assignments, or studying for exams, reach out to UWS’ Academic Skills Advisers.
Yes! Any UWS student can nominate themselves and potentially win election to be a rep.
We recommend that you start by nominating yourself as a course rep. Course reps represent the smallest number of students and work closely with their peers and lecturers, allowing them to get experience advocating for students in staff-student liaison group (SSLG) meetings before moving on to more formal meetings with higher-level university staff.
You can nominate yourself right here on this page!