Student Academic Representation (Postgraduate)
Business School Academic Representation
The Students’ Union works with the University to facilitate the Student Representation (rep) system. You can find more information about the various positions and how to get involved on their website.
Our Business School Academic President (the person who organises Business School Course Representatives) for 2017/18 is Peter Mitchell. Peter is a 2nd year BSc Business Innovation student. He can be contacted using firstname.lastname@example.org from September. Peter supports both undergraduate and postgraduate students and the course representatives.
“As Academic President, my role is to work alongside and support course reps in the aim of resolving any issues or concerns that students might have. I, along with other course reps will attend several SSLC meetings (Staff/student liaison committee) throughout the year where we hold open discussions with school leaders surrounding any issues that might arise, and also hear the progress of ongoing issues that have been raised previously.
My time spent as a first year course rep allowed me to gain valuable insight into the inner workings of the SSLC and the relationships that are formed around it, I believe this has put me in a good position moving into the Academic President role.
One of my main aims during my time at University is to raise the level of student engagement, and specifically communicating feedback. I strongly believe all members of the University have an important role to play in all aspects of University life, and when these are combined, the University experience is enhanced for all to benefit.
Outside of university I have a strong passion for sailing, and compete in various national and world championships. I was also previously a sail designer for a world leading sail design and manufacturing company. Triathlon is another sport which I enjoy, and complete in several triathlons in the UK and also Ironman 70.3 events around Europe. I hope to bring my determination and attitude to succeed in sport to my role as Academic President.
I’d encourage you to keep in touch with me and let me know how things are going with your experience in the Business School. Please also get in touch if you are interested in becoming a Course Representative! “
Here is the 2016/17 Academic President, Sumaiya Hameed talking about her role.
There are course reps for each programme and each year group. They are who you speak to if you have concerns about an element of your course. Queries from “my lecturer speaks too quietly” to “can slides be provided for the lectures to aid note taking?” can be fed back to the course reps who can then raise it at Staff Student Liaison Group (SSLG). You can also feed back positive things to them such as a favourite lecturer and why you like them. They cannot give you academic guidance but should be able to help you find sources of support.
You can nominate yourself to be a course rep by logging in to the Students’ Union webpage or by emailing Peter for more information.
Becoming a course rep is a great way to boost your employability and give yourself stories to tell in job applications and interviews. Course reps should make themselves known to you and we will list them here and in our newsletters when they have been elected.