Becoming a Rep
Thinking about becoming a Course Rep? Here you will find key information about what it means to be a Rep and how you can get involved.
Who can be a Course Rep?
Anybody who is a student at Surrey can nominate themselves to be a Course Rep.
How do elections work?
Course Reps for taught programmes are elected, either through votes cast during a main lecture on your course, or online, whichever mechanism best suits your department. You will hear from your department about the election process, when it takes place, and how you can nominate yourself.
For PGR Students you will either receive an email about a vacant position or the position may be passed on in person.
When do elections take place?
For first year Undergraduates and Post-Graduate Taught programmes, elections are held for Course Reps at the beginning of Semester 1 (this may also apply to those returning to Surrey from placement – keep an eye out for more information from your department).
Returning Undergraduate Course Reps will be elected at the beginning of the Summer term, shortly after the spring break.
Postgraduate Research Course Reps are a little different and are appointed as and when there is a vacancy.
What are the benefits of being a Course Rep?
Being elected in to the role of Course Rep is a great honour, and demonstrates your cohort’s belief and trust in you to fairly and honestly represent them to the rest of the University. It is an opportunity to gain new skills or develop existing ones and to learn more about effective communication, negotiation, organisation and much more. Being a Rep at any level will mean that you get a better understanding of how the University structure works and ll help you to understand how to make real, positive change during your time here at Surrey. You will work closely and build relationships with University staff, a variety of students and the Students' Union and above all you will help to improve the student experience.
When you consider whether to put yourself forward, it's worth thinking about what you could bring to the role. It's important that Course Reps share the Union's drive and passion for improving the academic experience, because if you are elected, you will be the first point of contact for students on your course.
Why are Course Reps important?
Course Reps make real changes for students right now. Some issues might seem small, but if they go unnoticed by the people that can put them right, it can lead to them becoming much bigger issues. Course Reps make sure the University know what students studying at Surrey care about and how they can make their time here the best it can be.
Rep Success page for examples of the changes Reps have made.
Course Reps are also really important to the University and crucial to the way the University operates. The feedback they provide is used by the University to make positive changes to its courses, and this improves the overall quality of the University's degrees. Quality is a very important issue to the University because this has an impact on its academic standing nationally.
Quality is also something that should matter to you, as a Surrey student, because if the University can improve its teaching and learning, this improves the quality of the degree you will achieve at the end of your 3 or 4 years here.
For more information
or come into the Students' Union to meet Hannah, our Course Rep Coordinator