Faculty Officers are lead-student officers that take on responsibility for representing the academic interests of students within a division, or group of divisions, in an academic faculty. They will manage their division’s network of module and programme representatives and will lead a project to improve the student experience within the faculty – in direct response to your feedback through annual surveys such as the National Student Survey, Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey or Stirling Experience Survey.
Faculty Officers are also involved in the inner working of the faculty and University, providing student input into proposals and initiatives designed to improve the overall student experience.
The Faculty Officer scheme is run by the University of Stirling Students’ Union with support from the University of Stirling. Officers are line managed by the Vice President Education and Democracy and Representation Coordinator in the Students’ Union but will also work with senior members of staff in each faculty too. All officers undergo a training programme to ensure their equipped for to effectively represent the interests of their students.
Undertaking a Faculty Officer role can be a significant commitment (around 2.5 hours per week). As such, Faculty Officers are paid for their work, and are appointed through a recruitment process in Spring each year. There are a total of 19 positions available each year, ensuring coverage to all areas within the University.
Faculty Officer Projects
Here you can find some of the amazing projects from the Faculty Officers for 2019-2020. Whilst not all of them could be fulfilled due to lockdown restrictions at the end of the academic year, the amount of ideas, planning and hard work which went into these should still be recognised.
Faculty Officer Projects 2019-2020
Faculty Officers 2021-22
The Faculty Officers for 2020-2021 have now finished their roles and there are no Faculty Officers in place from the beginning of June 2021 until the end of August 2021. The Undergraduate Faculty Officers for 2021-2022 have now been recruited and will begin their role in September 2021. If you need any support or representation in relation to any academic matters during the summer, please contact the Vice President Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are still vacancies in the following division for the Faculty Officers for 2021-2022: Social Work, Health, Sport, and Marketing and Retail. Recruitment to fill these will open in September 2021. If you have any questions prior to this, please contact email@example.com.
What to expect of your Faculty Officer
All Faculty Officers have a responsibility to represent and act in the best interests of the students within their division. This means listening to any questions or concerns you may have about your module, programme or division as a whole, and then either helping you directly or sign-posting you on to relevant help and support. Faculty Officers should provide University staff members with constructive feedback about courses in their division, with the overall goal being to improve the division as a whole for both current and future students. Faculty Officers also support Module Reps within their division, either with student questions or concerns, or with accreditation questions.
Faculty Officers are there to help with academic concerns or quieres. They are not there to help with personal concerns or quieres, though if these concerns do come up when speaking to your rep, the rep should listen with care and direct you to a relevant support service. If you have any personal concerns or quieres which do not relate to your module or programme, please contact either the Student Hub or the Students' Union at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to make a complaint about a Faculty Officer, please contact either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’d like any further information about the Faculty Officer role, then please feel free to contact the VP Education (email@example.com)