academic reps

Our Academic Reps are there to act as a key liaison between yourself and key members of module and programme staff. They’ll be keen to gather your feedback throughout your studies to help influence the development of the student learning experience for those studying on your module.
 

Undergraduate

At Undergraduate level we use a module-based system of representation, with at least one student from every module volunteering to represent the views and interests of the students on their module. If you’re not sure who your rep is, then you can find a list of your reps for 2020/21 via Canvas.

We recruit for new Module Reps at the start of each semester. If you’re interested in putting yourself forward as a module rep next semester then ensure you hit the Volunteer button on your module’s Canvas page.

Each module rep is supported in their role by their Division’s appointed Faculty Officer. They act as a key liaison between the reps, the faculty staff, and the Students’ Union. 

 

Postgraduate

At Postgraduate level it’s a bit different, mainly because Postgraduate courses tend to be smaller with a higher number of specialised modules taking place in any single semester, compared to Undergraduate. As such, representation at Postgraduate level is Programme-based, with one or two representatives representing all students within a single Postgraduate degree programme.

Similarly, to Undergraduate, a call will go out to all Postgraduate students early into the new academic year to encourage them to put themselves forward as the Programme Rep through the Volunteer tool on Canvas (the same tool as the Module Reps). If you’re interested in finding out more about the programme rep role, you’ll find a role descriptor here.

If you’re not sure who your Programme Rep is, then you can find a list of your PG Programme reps for 2020/21 via Canvas.


Training

To prepare you for taking on the role of an academic representative, the Union offers an online training module designed to provide you with the specific knowledge and skills associated with being an effective representative. This covers key topics such as how to gather feedback effectively from your students, how to ‘project manage’ the delivery of solutions to any issues raised and provides you with opportunities to ‘Close the Feedback Loop’ helping students see the difference their feedback makes.

All reps are automatically enrolled onto this training course when they volunteer as a rep and the module should be available via the standard Canvas Dashboard. If you’re a representative and are unable to see this module, then do please get in touch with us education.union@stir.ac.uk.

 

Recognition and Reward

The University of Stirling Students’ Union recognise the significant contribution that our representatives make to improving the student experience for both current and future students at the University. That’s why we’re proud to partner with the University of Stirling in offering all our representatives the opportunity to gain accreditation for their time as a rep on their University enhanced transcript.

To gain accreditation you need to have successfully undertaken the activities associated with being an effective rep. To meet the standard for accreditation, you’ll need to obtain at least four out of the following six criteria:

  • Complete the Introductory Training Test
  • Attend your first Student:Staff Feedback Committee (SSFC) Meeting
  • Attend all your Student:Staff Feedback Committee (SSFC) Meeting
  • Attend an Education Zone Meeting
  • Attend a Union General Meeting
  • Complete and Submit your End of Semester Report.

Please note, for Programme Representatives, your staff/student committee meeting may not be called an SSFC as these meetings can differ at Postgraduate Level. Please contact your Postgraduate Faculty Officer or the VP Education if this is the case.

Open Badge Accreditation - Terms & Conditions 

                                                       

Accreditations are awarded on a semester by semester basis. To this effect, you’ll need to meet the standard for accreditation each semester you volunteer as a representative. You’ll be able to monitor your progress towards meeting the required standard for accreditation through Canvas.

 

Further Information

If you have any additional questions or queries then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly education.union@stir.ac.uk.