Course Reps
Course Reps


What is a course rep?

Each course and year of study has a Course Representative who is responsible for gathering student feedback on anything academic. Anyone can put themselves forward to become a Course Rep, you just need to make your tutor aware you are interested.

Hear more about the role below!

But what do course rep do?

As elected representatives for their course and year of study, Course Reps pass on student feedback at Course Board meetings and play a key role in influencing resolutions. From tiny problems to really big issues, your positive and negative opinions matter. You don’t consume the University experience, you help create and shape it!

Course Reps will…

  • Attend training
  • Ensure everyone on the course knows who they are and what they do
  • Keep in contact with course staff and the Head of School
  • Attend three Course Board meetings a year
  • Offer suggestions for improvement based on student feedback
  • Communicate actions and outcomes back to students

Why be a course rep?

  • You could play a vital part in improving the student academic experience
  • The chance to develop professional communication & personal skills to enhance your C.V.
  • The opportunity to be nominated for a Union award
  • You will meet new people and make friends across all campuses
  • You will enhance professional relationships with peers, staff and academics
  • The possibility to provide important insights into how the University is run
  • Experience networking opportunities

Fancy it?

Talk to your course leader or tutor when your course begins. You can also contact us for more information at or pop in to yout Union Office.

Course Rep Finder

Course rep successes

Longer Studio Hours

Fashion students studios were shutting at 5pm everyday when students needed them for longer. The course reps put together a petition of all the students’ names that wanted extended hours and took it to their course board.

The course leader then showed it to the relevant staff that organised a new staff timetable that allowed for later opening hours.

Better Feedback

Students were unhappy with the feedback they received on their work.

The course reps ran an open discussion on Facebook asking students what they wanted to see changed. The majority of students wanted more information about what aspects of their work was meeting the marking criteria rather than just negative criticism.

The course reps took this information to their course board. As a result the course leader discussed the issue with staff and they agreed to offer positive feedback before outlining areas of improvement.

A Professional link

Some product design students wanted to know more about career options and skills for the work place.

Through taking this to the course leader and course board meeting, the university arranged for a local professional to come in to talk about their experiences.

Improving studio spaces

Students from interior architecture had a project where they had to work in groups but the studio space was better suited to independent learning.

The course reps discussed this at their course board and found that other years agreed it was a problem.

As a group, they looked at the studio space and rearranged to encourage greater group work.

Double Booked

The graduation ceremony for fashion textiles students fell on the same day as New Designers event – which many decided to attend instead.

Course reps helped arrange an on-campus photo one campus in robes for another day and now the university has checked that graduation doesn’t clash with any key events for the future.

End of year show

Graphic design students were told their end of year show would no longer be held in London due to budget constraints.

When the course reps went to their course leader it became clear the decision had not been his. So the course reps went to school board, where they could raise their concerns with the head of school and other course leaders.

The course reps took lots of alternatives and evidence as to why a London show was important and they were successful.


You can read your Course Rep Handbook below. If you have problems reading the file online, click the download link in the top left-hand corner.