Student reps, whether course reps, departmental reps or senior student officers in universities and colleges, all have a vital job to do in enhancing quality. It is important, therefore, to support them in their role, provide appropriate compensation for their efforts, and give them something that can somehow quantify their achievements.
Such actions can help make representative roles attractive and feasible to those who might be interested in doing them, and can help post-holders develop new skills and knowledge that can be of benefit to them in the future.
To help institutions and students’ associations develop practice in this area, we have developed a resource on Recognition and Accreditation of Academic Reps. The resource maps sector practice, shares case studies of effective practice, and provides practical approaches to challenges in this area.
The resource, published in November 2015, has been informed firstly by a survey of all institutions and secondly, by a small number of site visits to institutions and students’ associations to more deeply discuss practice. Thanks to all those who contributed to the development of the guidance.
For more information about this project please contact Simon Varwell.