With the Students’ Union annual elections rapidly approaching, perhaps you are considering putting yourself forward for a departmental or liberation officer role, or maybe you are even aiming for the coveted job of President or Vice-President.
However, if you want to get involved with the Students’ Union and represent your peers with a little less time commitment, you should definitely consider becoming a course rep for your cohort.
There is a course rep position available to represent each level/year group of every degree course at Suffolk. This year I decided to apply to represent Level 6 BA (Hons) English and have being doing so since September. As most courses start their academic year in September, you can have a think over this summer period whether you’d like to take on the role. The main focus of a course rep is to become a spokesperson for the views and needs of their fellow students – here’s a few reasons why it’s a great idea to become one.
- Be the voice of the people! As a course rep you will be responsible for relaying feedback from your student group to the academic staff for your subject. You will be expected to attend a small number of course committee meetings each year. This may sound a bit daunting, but don’t worry - the lecturers are keen to get useful feedback from students which they can then act upon to improve student experience in the future. Being a course rep is a great way to contribute to shaping your course, and if you’d like to find out a little more about what goes on behind the scenes!
- Get involved with the Students’ Union! Course reps are invited to attend Student Council meetings which are managed by the SU, and are sometimes offered additional training to give them skills to better engage with the students you represent. These meetings give you a chance to mingle with course reps from many different degree subjects at the University (and often free pizza is available!). If you’re interested in pursuing a more senior role (such as a liberation or departmental officer) in the future, being a course rep will really give you an idea of what it’s like to work within the SU.
- Improve your employability! The age-old phrase “it looks good on the CV” definitely applies to being a course rep. Representing a group of students in this way shows that you are actively engaged with your studies, and also that you feel confident in being an advocate for others. As being a course rep is a voluntary role, this shows that you are someone who is willing to put their own time into helping others. The role is a particularly good way to show your commitment to the University and can help you stand out as a candidate for other positions available to students, such as an SU Student Officer, or even paid roles such as a Student Ambassador.
Find out more information about being a course rep on the SU website.