School of Divinity

Class Reps and SSLCs

Class Reps are the link between students and staff at course level. They improve the student experience by representing the views of their peers and ensuring that academic and support staff continually listen to and engage with students.

Benefits to becoming a Student Rep

  • Make a positive contribution to the University by improving the student experience for your peers
  • Receive specialised training in how to represent students democratically and diplomatically, and how to work effectively as a leader within the University and EUSA
  • Become part of the Class Rep cohort as an ambassador who works within your School with students, staff, and EUSA
  • Receive recognition on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), or university transcript, after being active in your role as a Rep
  • Improve your leadership skills and employability by earning Open Badges and/or the Edinburgh Award for Representing Students

How Reps are chosen

Class reps are chosen at lectures during weeks 1 -2 of each semester by the course manager. If you are interested in becoming a rep please make the course manager aware of this.

Your role as a Student Rep

Expectations of the role:

Both the Students' Association and the academic and support staff within Divinity will support you in your role. Student Reps should:

  • be accessible and proactively gather views from their peers regarding various aspects of their course and communicate these at the Student Staff Liaison Meeting.
  • complete the EUSA Rep training. Further information on training below.
  • attend the Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) meeting for their class and provide feedback. The meeting dates are listed below.
  • close the 'feedback loop' by reporting back to the  students they represent the main points of discussion at SSLC’s  and how their feedback will be acted on.

 

What to Do as a Class Rep, and When:

  • Weeks 1-2 Make your course manager aware you would like to be a rep
  • Weeks 3-4 Attend the Welcome Lunch (dates below)
  • Weeks 3-5 Complete the EUSA training (link below)
  • Weeks 4-6 Collect feedback from your peers for the SSLC meeting
  • Weeks 5-7 Attend the SSLC for your course and provide feedback (meeting dates below)
  • Weeks 6- 8 ‘Close the feedback loop’ by feeding back SSLC discussions and actions to your peers.

Student Rep welcome lunch

Each semester we welcome new reps by holding a Class Rep Welcome Lunch. The lunch provides reps with the opportunity to meet other Divinity class reps and the staff who will support them. A EUSA representative will provide an outline of their training and information on how, and when, to access it at the lunch.

EUSA training

Class reps are registered with the student association, who actively support this role. Reps receive access to training, support and recognition of their role.

Information on EUSA support for class reps can be found on EUSA's website: https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/representation/yourrepresentatives/classreps/

Recognition for Class Reps

Student reps receive recognition for their contribution and hard work by having their role as a class rep added to their HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report) report.

The HEAR builds upon existing information incorporating an expanded academic transcript and the European Diploma Supplement. This will provide you with more detailed information about your learning and achievement than the traditional degree classification system alone and will serve to support applications for employment and further studies.

HEAR recognition is dependent on reps actively engaging with the role during the year and successfully completing the EUSA Class Rep Basic Training.

EUSA Recognition for Class Reps

HEAR

Gathering feedback

To make gathering feedback more effective, Divinity course reps can email their class cohort through LEARN and request feedback for the Staff-Student Liaison meeting. Information on how to do this will be sent to reps via email.

Reps should gather feedback from the students they represent before attending the SSLC meeting. This can be done in person at the end of class or via email.

A suggestion for helping structure the feedback you ask for could be: Stop, Start, Keep - ie. what would fellow students like to see stopped, what would they like to be included that currently isn’t, and what are happy with, that we should keep.

Overall, feedback should be either positive; based on aspects of the course which work well (and thus might be shared as good practice); or constructive criticism concerning issues which negatively affect the student experience. The overall aim is to improve the learning experience for current as well as for future students.

What to expect at a Student Staff Liaison Meeting

The subject areas in Divinity hold Student Staff Liaison Committee meetings (SSLCs) each semester. Student reps share the feedback they have gathered from their peers at these meetings. SSLC meetings are usually held at lunchtimes and can last for up to an hour.

There are four subject areas in Divinity; Biblical Studies, History of Christianity, Theology and Ethics and Religious Studies. Each subject area has a subject area head - see the School's list of office bearers. It is usually the subject area head who chairs the SSLC meeting, with minutes taken by office staff.

Minutes from the Student Staff Liaison meetings can be accessed on the Divinity intranet:

https://uoe.sharepoint.com/sites/hss/divinity/admin/committees/SitePages/Staff-Student%20Liaison%20Committee.aspx

Support

If you have any questions or concerns or require support as a student representative please contact: div.student.support@ed.ac.uk