19 Sep 2012

Including Achievement as a Course Rep in the Higher Education Acheivement Report

sparqs has produced guidance for universities on different approaches to recognising the role of course reps with a view to acknowledging their work through section 6.1 of the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

By identifying what is expected of course reps in universities; the guidance provides information on how best to support reps in their work to ensure they can be as effective as possible.

Through consultation with staff and students sparqs has developed four key elements, that when developed fully, can be used to validate the role of the course rep. These are:

  • Course rep training;
  • Attendance at meetings;
  • Reflection;
  • andTraining and support throughout the year.

The guidance discusses what each of these elements means in practice and why it is important to not only develop it to validate the work of reps but, at the same time, to also create robust support mechanisms that enable the reps to be as effective as possible.

You can find the guidance on the sparqs website at:

http://www.sparqs.ac.uk/upfiles/HEAR 6.1 guidance.doc

sparqs would like to further develop this work over the coming year. We are looking for universities who are interested in developing their HEAR work to include course reps in section 6.1. For more information contact Stephanie Millar, sparqs Development Advisor, at stephanie.millar@sparqs.ac.uk

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