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​​​​Becoming a Course Rep 

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A Course Rep is an elected student who volunteers to gather student feedback and voice it to the University. They provide a way for students to communicate their diverse range of opinions and experiences to the staff who deliver their courses, and to make change happen.

Course Reps have three responsibilities:

1. Research student opinion – Chat to the students on your course and gather as much feedback as possible, whether it is positive or about something that needs changing.

2. Represent students – You will attend departmental meetings held by the University twice a semester to give voice to what your fellow students have told you about the course.

3. Report back – Finally, you will need to let students know what has happened as a result of their feedback! This will help them see the value in sharing their opinions with you and with the University.

Course Rep Role Descriptions

If you want to read more about being a Course Rep, the role descriptions are available below:

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Course Reps

Placement (PTY) Course Reps

Postgraduate Research (PGR) Course Reps 

Election dates

For undergraduate programmes, Course Reps are elected at one of two points in the year, depending on your level and Faculty. 

Semester 1​Semester 2
​Nominations: 14-18 October
Elections: 21 October - 1 November
​Nominations: 4-8 May
Elections: 11-22 May


Interested? Nominate yourself!

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Any student can stand to be the Course Rep for their course, and there will be at least one per level for all courses. You just need to be ready to listen to student feedback and be willing to communicate this to staff in an effective, professional way.

To nominate yourself, you will need to complete the "Elect Me" nomination form that you will be sent by your Faculty once your nomination period opens. You will need to return that to your Faculty. If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact the relevant team listed below:

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ​Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences​Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Why should you become a Rep?

Being a Course Rep is a fantastic way to boost your employability, assertiveness, and communication skills. Having a leadership role on your CV when you leave University is going to help you stand out from the crowd, and help you to develop qualities you’ll need when you leave Surrey to start work – think about how much practice you’ll have in public speaking and negotiation from attending departmental meetings and representing your cohort. As a Course Rep, you'll also receive:

​Free Course Rep T-shirt ​Resources and freebies ​Cheaper hot drinks in the Union shopCourse Rep Awards
A record of your role detailed on your HEAR​Training opportunitiesLogging volunteering hours ​Get access to other opportunities eg. workshops, focus groups 


What’s the time commitment?

Not as much as you might think! Many Reps easily balance their responsibilities alongside their studies and other voluntary roles, and even part-time work. You’ll need to ensure you have the time to attend your departmental meetings – these are the core responsibility to the role. You can expect to attend 3 meetings a semester, which will take up about 6-8 hours total.

There are also some other time commitments, such as USSU events like Student Voice Forum, and these will add around 3 hours per semester. The rest of your role will be less time-demanding – sending out emails and posting on social media to gather student opinion and to update your cohort on the results of your departmental meetings.

All in all, you’re looking at around 15 hours each semester, which works out at an average of just an hour a week!

For more information:

or come into the Students' Union to meet Hannah, our Course Rep Coordinator ​

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